Target: Target Field Changes

Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland is a long way from the regular season home of the Minnesota Twins – literally and metaphorically – but it was one of the topics this morning on the mind of Manager Ron Gardenhire. Gardy outlined changes to the park’s outfield that seemed to flummox his hitters last year. “We moved the trees to get rid of the shadows in the batters’ line of sight – and those shadows scared me, the batters couldn’t follow the ball. Big stink over cutting the trees down so we sold ‘em.” Gardenhire added that the ‘Batters’ Eye’ in centerfield had been changed to look more like the one in Seattle. “We got to get that out of their heads, that the park is against them somehow.” When it was suggested that merely emphasizing to Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau that these significant changes had been made might itself ‘get it out of their heads,’ Gardenhire laughed and said that was probably true. “Then again, now it’ll get IN our pitchers’ heads.”

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If you’re trying to improve your homefield batting, is Seattle really what you want to emulate?

It is unfortunate that the right field wall at Target was built so high. For years Twins hitters and fans had a big Glad garbage bag looming over right field so people couldn’t sit there and the ball couldn’t fly out. Now they have a beautiful new stadium but instead of letting the fans sit down close to the action they built that high wall. Play-by-play announcer Bremer likes to point out with pride that the wall is made from Minnesota stone, but rather than Blyleven circling it they should do a Mike Krukow and “eliminate” it– and this would give their left-handed hitters a power alley too.

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It is unfortunate that the right field wall at Target was built so high. For years Twins hitters and fans had a big Glad garbage bag looming over right field so people couldn’t sit there and the ball couldn’t fly out. Now they have a beautiful new stadium but instead of letting the fans sit down close to the action they built that high wall. Play-by-play announcer Bremer likes to point out with pride that the wall is made from Minnesota stone, but rather than Blyleven circling it they should do a Mike Krukow and “eliminate” it– and this would give their left-handed hitters a power alley too.

Now they have a beautiful new stadium but instead of letting the fans sit down close to the action they built that high wall. Play-by-play announcer Bremer likes to point out with pride that the wall is made from Minnesota stone, but rather than Blyleven circling it they should do a Mike Krukow and “eliminate” it– and this would give their left-handed hitters a power alley too.

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