Byron Buxton’s 2021 season has been a combination of injuries, and incredible hot streaks. On Thursday night he gave his Minnesota Twins fans possibly one final look at him in a Twins uniform by homering twice, his 17th and 18th of the season in just 58 games played.
Now, Buxton is slugging over .600 and hitting nearly .300 to go along with the power numbers. With nine steals in ten attempts, one must figure that he finds a way to get to that 10th over the weekend with possibly another homer or two in waiting.
If you extrapolate Buxton’s numbers from this year over a somewhat full season, he’s likely in the MVP conversation. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t in the cards. Surely he will be whispered in off-season trade conversations, so this truly could have been his last ride in Minneapolis.
We have always said he’s incredibly ‘good’ at baseball when he’s on the field. That’s held true, we were correct, when many were ready to simply give up on the guy somewhere around 2018.
Now at age 27, he’s put together another tremendous fractional season. In the end, the Twins lost a disappointing slugfest and are probably headed towards using veterans like Buxton to restock the cabinet. We didn’t want this game to pass us by without giving it mention and tipping the cap to the guy.
It’s noble to see the adversity he’s worked through to write a happy ending in launching a couple monster bombs in what may be the curtain drop for him in the Twin Cities.