With fifth-inning strikeout, Twins set new franchise all-time mark
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MINNEAPOLIS -- With Chris Colabello's strikeout in the fifth inning Wednesday, the Minnesota Twins broke the club's all-time record of 1,121 set back in 1997.
And with 30 more games still to play in the season, it's safe to assume the record will be obliterated, as the Twins entered play Wednesday on pace to fan 1,392 times -- which would beat the previous club record by nearly 300 strikeouts and set an American League all-time record.
Only two players on the 1997 team struck out 100 or more times -- Rich Becker and current bench coach Terry Steinbach -- but the club had seven hitters who fanned 80 or more times, and could fill an entire lineup with guys who struck out 70 times or more.
By comparison, one Twin (Josh Willingham with 101) entered play Wednesday already topping the century mark. Justin Morneau, Brian Dozier, and Oswaldo Arcia all at 90-plus. This Twins group already has 10 players with 70-plus strikeouts.