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Morneau unhappy with Target's dimensions

Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:19 am
 
Justin Morneau On Wednesday, the Twins announced improvements to Target Field, and they were all geared toward fans -- a new scoreboard, more food choices and free Wi-Fi at the park. The one thing they didn't change was the way the field plays for the players, and first baseman Justin Morneau said Thursday he and his teammates were "very disappointed" the fences weren't moved in.

The Twins hit 52 home runs at Target Field in 2010 and 90 on the road. Their pitchers allowed 64 at home and 91 on the road, making it the toughest park to homer in in the majors.

"Right-center to left-center is ridiculous," Morenau said in an e-mail to the Star-Tribune. "[It's almost impossible for a right-handed hitter to [homer to the] opposite field and very difficult for lefties. It affects the hitters a lot, and you start to develop bad habits as a hitter when you feel like you can only pull the ball to hit it over the fence. You take those habits on the road."

Team president Dave St. Peter noted the Twins had an American League-best 53-28 record at home, while they were 41-40 on the road.

"We had a lot of discussions in the clubhouse with the manager and general manager, but right now there is no plan to alter the dimensions," St. Peter told the newspaper. "We have to remember we won 53 games in this place, so I think we liked how Target Field played."

Morneau conceded that point, and also stressed he hoped he didn't sound selfish, but was thinking about the team's future success.

"I think we had a team built around power and offense and were not able to take full advantage of it," Morneau said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2010 12:49 pm
 

Morneau unhappy with Target's dimensions

I just witnessed a right handed hitter hitting it over right field fence....hmmm, i think good home run hitters can hit them out to opposite field, thanks for the video.



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2010 12:08 pm
 

Morneau unhappy with Target's dimensions

WOW.   I don't follow your team being from Philly, but seriously why would one of your best players cry about a field that produces so many wins for them?  I mean if not for their ballpark and making a team earn a HR they might not have made the playoffs?

Clearly this is all abotu the money.  Players who use teh longball to justify them making more then the next ten players on their team need the long ball.  Oh no Justin might only make like 8  million a year on his next contract instead of 17. get over it.

YOu want to complain about somethign with the stadium start with the lack of a roof!  Where is the roof!  What will they do if they make the playoffs and get to the world series?  Holy Snow Storm batman.  Lets all pray they invent flourescent colored baseballs in time.

Congratulations are in order, thanks to this stupid statement the Twins are relevant in November for the first time since Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek, damn I miss those guys. That was when a Twin was a twin and everyone else was just a wuss.  Those two guys would have hog tie Justin to a John deere tractor for sayiong something stupid like this.


buzhuiku
Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2010 9:32 am
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Since: May 16, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2010 7:24 pm
 

Morneau unhappy with Target's dimensions

Hey He Wants To Hit Pop up's that go out of the Park  , Play for the Yankees.... JUstin would Probally hit 60 hr.'s a year look at what that scrub Texeria hits in yankee stadium and remember damon hit 30 hr's for the yanks with that short right feild fence went to the tigers and didn't even hit 10



Since: Nov 2, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2010 11:58 am
 

Morneau unhappy with Target's dimensions

For years the AL has been a Power League. But that has begun to change  pretty quickly. Teams seem to have begun to understand that the way baseball has been played for a hundred years with Pitching, Spped and Defense being the real premiums is the way to beat the High-Money Teams. The Red Sox began a rebuilding based on these three things. This year, in addition to injuries, they found that Fenway Park makes playing "National League-Style" baseball more difficult. But they haven't given up on the changes. When the winds are pushing out and to right, Yankee Stadium makes routine fly balls reach the seats. But it can also blow in ways that turn balls driven to Go Yard turn fall into the gloves of Right and center Fielders.

But what is the same everywhere is that good pitching can put good hitting back on its heels. Great defense makes more of those homers Solo Shots. And nothing beats speed. Target Field is built for this. Some hitters may not like it because it means taking off at the crack if the bat more instead of standing in pose at the plate admiring their work. But ultimately, it adds up to wins so long as teams aren't reliant on WeaverBall to win games. And that's true not just at target field. There are only a very few real power hitters who can hit most anything thrown and the fight to rely on a roster of them is a losing one. The Blue Jays hit alotta Homers. And keep looking up at the Playoffs.


yubobo
Since: Nov 13, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2010 8:13 am
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Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2010 7:36 am
 

Morneau unhappy with Target's dimensions

Hey texastee10,
      
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Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2010 4:18 am
 

Morneau lost a good opportunity to shut up

i am a huge fan of him
the second best player in world(after Pujols)

but sometime players must go out with girlfriend and have  a cup of tea or eat a good ice- cream....and no meet reporters



Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:47 pm
 

Morneau unhappy with Target's dimensions

"[It's almost impossible for a right-handed hitter to [homer to the] opposite field

  Cool



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2010 5:29 pm
 

Morneau unhappy with Target's dimensions

So a Twins hitter is disappointed that the team didn't move the outfield walls in so he can hit more home runs. I can totally relate, Justin- I'm disappointed that my bank doesn't allow me to walk in the vault and walk out with as much cash as I can carry. The world can be so unfair...


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