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The Twins are on pace to break a 55-year-old record

No other team has posted a better walk rate than the Twins.
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A large part of the Twins' success this season is due to their patience at the plate.

Through the first month of the season, the team has posted a walk rate of 11.6 percent, which is the best figure in the majors this season.

Swiss-army knife Robbie Grossman has the highest walk rate in the league, while Miguel Sano and Jason Castro aren't far behind.

  • Robbie Grossman: 20 percent
  • Miguel Sano: 18.6 percent
  • Jason Castro: 15.5 percent

As Twinkie Town notes, only four teams in league history have posted a better base-on-balls rate than 2017 Twins, and all four of them finished with records above .500.

  • 2000 Seattle Mariners: 12 percent, 91 wins
  • 1993 Detroit Tigers: 11.8 percent, 87 wins
  • 1999 Oakland A's: 11.7 percent, 87 wins
  • 2000 A's: 11.7 percent, 87 wins

Last year, the team posted a walk rate of 8.2 percent, which was above league average. However, throughout the team's history, Minnesota has only posted a double-digit walk rate once – and that was 55 years ago, in 1962.

The Twins begin a three-game series with the Oakland A's on Tuesday with a record 12-11, and although it's early in the season, they're just one game back of first place in the Central Division.

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