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.
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