KANSAS CITY – Miguel Sano knows he can be a middle-order bat. That’s where he says he “should have”. But in the middle of this summer, Sanó was often not in the lineup at all.
By mid-summer, Sano, a slow-starter, began to eliminate himself from the lineup with increasing regularity. Rookie Alex Kiriloff had eaten up his playing time at first base, and Sano began to spend more and more time watching his teammates from the dugout.
Still, he resolved to be ready to come to the park, work and play whenever called.
As the season progressed, play time returned, and Sano’s numbers took a turn for the better — on Tuesday, he reached the 30-home run milestone for the second time in his career. From the beginning of July to the end of September, he posted .813 Ops from the start of his season.
But overall Sano was unhappy with his season. And in response to that, he’s set an ambitious goal for himself this season: to lose 30 pounds.
“My plan is to get (in) healthy, (inside) in good shape and to work hard every day,” Sano said. “I want to be in the middle of the lineup every day, because that’s what I should be, and I can be. That’s one of my goals for next year. … A lot happened this year, and I don’t want to.” May it happen again next year. I am ready to work in my off-season.”
And a lot of that work will be focused on improving his conditioning.
Rather than move back home to the Dominican Republic, Sano plans to split his time between Minnesota—his younger son, Dylan, has already started his school year in Minnetonka—and Fort Myers, Fla., Where the twins have their premises.
“Thirty, thirty. It’s something I’ve kept for myself, for my life, for my future. It could be 20 (pounds),” Sano said. “I want to be in better shape. That’s one of my goals in the off-season. I’ve got my nutrition, I’ve got people to work with. … I (desire) only go to the Dominican two days each month. The rest , I’ll be here and working. I don’t take leave this year.”
Sano met with Twins manager Rocco Baldelli on Friday before the Twins began their series with the Royals, and before Baldelli had a chance to mention things he wanted to address with Sano, Sano mentioned several of them earlier.
Baldelli suspects this will become the biggest priority of Sano’s life, aside from his family, Baldelli calls a “very meaningful” year for Sano’s coming year.
“He is back in the second half of this year. His performance speaks for itself. He has got very good batsmen, but going into this off-season, I think it will be an off-season for him unlike any other. going,” Baldelli said. “I think he’s looked around and seen what it takes for people to take care of their bodies, their skills, and I think that’s the next step in their career. ready to take action. And that next step is going to be an off season of work which will hopefully take him to new heights. ”
Sano arrived for spring training in 2019, thinning out after an offseason in which he had to work on a schedule set by the Twins to improve his conditioning. What followed was the best season of Sano’s career.
Still, he believes there’s more to the physical, and that work will go hand-in-hand with his continued work on the swing.
The Twins hope to make up for the slow start next season, as Sano not only appears to be in peak condition, but by using spring training to get him ready for action immediately – and sometimes in the early months of the season. – Ready to get back. Up to the point where he’s feeling good at the plate.
“This off season is going to be really important for me because I will put in more effort than I ever do for my work in my life. This year, I am saying something like. This is not a good season – Not for me, not for anyone here,” Sano said. “But when you play the game, you play to win, you know what I mean? When you lose, it’s not good, but we can say that it’s some experience and we take it.” And think about next year and try to be better.”