He's hoping he can make some noise at the plate, particularly now that he's out of Target Field, the Minnesota Twins' open-air stadium that's entering its third year of play.
"It seemed like at times it was tougher to see," Kubel said. "They had some pretty good shadows out there. It can play pretty big.
"I made some adjustments, but I made them a year later. Not trying to pull the ball and put it in the air so much. Start hitting line drives all over the place."
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 09:44 PM
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Edited by Fanatic Jack, 04 March 2012 - 09:53 PM.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:08 PM
Posted 05 March 2012 - 06:04 AM
Posted 05 March 2012 - 08:36 AM
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:26 AM
Simply stated Target Field needs to move their fences in to benefit the left-handed hitters we have in our lineup. It was built for Mauer & Morneau not our mediocre pitching staff. Kubel is too nice to say anything negative about the ballpark but mistakes were clearly made.
Move the fence in to accommodate a Punch & Judy lineup? The only purpose this would serve would be to widen the gap even further between the Twins current lineup and the opposition. The last thing this team needs is to make it easier to hit the ball out of Target Field. As far as I can tell, moving the fences in would make it just as easier for opponents to leave Target Field as it would the home team.
Here's an idea: Wanna hit more home runs? Get some better hitters!
Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:44 AM
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:44 AM
Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 40, Speed: 40. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but can sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)
Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:50 AM
Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:58 AM
Therefore, even if we concede that Target Field favors pitchers, why on Earth would we want to move the fences IN when we the Twins almost ALWAYS have less powerful lineups than their opponents? Mauer's grounders up the middle or 200-ft doubles into the gaps wouldn't even be home runs in some little league parks, but I'd be willing to bet guys like Bautista, Adrian Gonzalez, and Mark Texiera would benefit from having a few more of those warning track shots end up in the stands.
Agreed. The Twins do not have a power hitting team so the park actually favors the Twins.
Posted 05 March 2012 - 01:49 PM
So, Kubel and Cuddyer pay have been being hit by two factors at once. They were playing in a more pitcher friendly park and they were on the downward side of their power peaks.
Ironically, in the first season at Target Field, I remember Cuddyer had been pretty vocal this issue early on. At the time he had only five HR (or something like that) and every one had come at Target field.
From everything I've read (analysis of the same hitters at various parks) the park is pitcher friendly but not quite to the extent that people seem concerned about it.
Parker did a great analysis (http://www.startribu.../131334289.html) of what kinds of hitters could be more likely to see success in Target Field. You should read it if you haven't!
The fact is, too, that besides Twins playing at Target Field, the sample size is pretty small still. It may be need a couple more seasons before it can be said just how pitcher friendly it is.
Posted 05 March 2012 - 02:07 PM
Posted 05 March 2012 - 02:50 PM
Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:04 PM
Now that is silly. The front office didn't build the ballpark to appease any pitchers on our staff. They kept the dimensions very similar to the Metrodome. No one knew how this field was gonna play until games were played their.
Personally, I think the allys are too deep, but it is what it is. Its not gonna be cheap to change the dimensions if they do it right, and I don't think its something they should jump into too quickly. I also don't like the silly itty bitty parks (like Houston's park, which I don't know what to call, cuz its name changes every 10 seconds).
Look at some of the nice newer parks in the league that aren't hitter friendly, like in SF, and SD. Those are great parks too. SF just won a World Series in theirs, no reason we can't win in ours.
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