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Making Target Field hitter-friendly
January 30, 2011 - Per Peterson
Anything else we can do for you, Twins hitters? You griped about the dimensions at Target Field and complained about the glare coming off the batter’s eye. Then you cried about the trees in centerfield and how they make it difficult to pick the ball up out of the pitcher’s hand. So now the green wall is being modified and the trees are being moved. So, we should expect more home runs and higher batting averages in 2011, right? Right? Careful what you wish for Twins hitters. Now that you’ve gotten your way, results better follow. By blaming your surroundings for a lack of home runs and inability to hit, all you’ve really done is prove that today’s professional athletes are nothing more than overpaid, overindulged, coddled whiners. How about spending a little more time in the cage working on your swing? How about studying opposing pitchers more? How about instead of moving the trees — which were one of the cool and unique aspects of the new stadium — the team hire a quality hitting coach? Even the great Joe Mauer, the man who apparently can do no wrong, got in on the act, recently saying Target Field’s backdrop was “one of the worst we've seen.” Say it ain’t so, Joe. Well, as of now, there are no more excuses for a lack of home runs, hits, and runs. Come spring, the trees will be gone and the batter’s eye will be improved. Perhaps next spring they can address those concerns about Target Field’s dimensions and move the right field fence in 100 feet. Or maybe they’ll start postponing any day game where the humidity level gets above 65 percent — we all know that sultry, heavy air can really wreak havoc on how far a ball travels. Twins hitters need to worry less about the lumber out in center field and more about the lumber they carry to the plate. They would also do themselves well by counting their blessings. A?quick trip over to the Metrodome today would more than likely make them realize just how good they have it.
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