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Justin Morneau wants the fences brought in at Target Field

Nov 12, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT


The Star-Tribune reports that Justin Morneau said that the team’s hitters “are very disappointed with the organization’s decision not to move in the fences at Target Field for next season.” In an email to the paper he said:

“Right-center to left-center is ridiculous. [It’s] almost impossible for a righthanded 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.”

Yes, it’s hard to hit homers in Target Field. Morneau himself hit 18 home runs in his truncated season, but 14 of them were on the road. He was definitely feeling the pain. But it’s worth noting that the Twins played fantastically at home this year, going 53-28.  It’s also worth noting that it’s a bad move to make decisions about fences and ballpark dimensions after a single season.  People used to think Philly was a bandbox, but that changed and it now plays pretty straight up.  New Yankee Stadium still has a short porch in right, but it was way less of a factor in 2010 than it was in 2009.  You gotta give a park time.

But even if Target Field does continue to be a tough home run park, it’s tough for everyone, isn’t it?  And it certainly helped the Twins win. Isn’t that the most important thing?

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Nov 12, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    “And it certainly helped the Twins win. Isn’t that the most important thing?”

    Nope, obviously it is not. Chicks still dig the long-ball I guess. So does the bank account.

  2. ThatGuy - Nov 12, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Leave em where they are. When your pitchers are Baker, Slowey, Blackburn and Pavano(hopefullly) you want a not homer friendly park. All those guys give up homers like its their job.

  3. Jonny 5 - Nov 12, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Well from an individual standpoint I could understand his frustration. It really effects a players numbers on the offensive side. 14 HR’s on the road should easily equal 28 Hr’s total on the season. Not too shabby. They then became outs because they didn’t make it over the fence. Target does spread out a defense so it shouldn’t effect his avg too much because he’ll get at least on base more from hitting into a spread out OF.

  4. twinsfn343 - Nov 12, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    This is a golden age for this franchise and players still struggle to hit 30 homeruns either in Target field or in the Metrodome. If they move the fences in sure the Twins will hit more homers but they will always give up more than they hit. They are never big players on the free agent market and in general they cultivate strike throwing pitchers who give up fly balls. Sure the revenues are booming with Target Field but what happens when the franchise goes through a tough period like the 90’s again? The cheapest/easiest way for them to rebuild is going to be by promoting speedy young guy who play good defense that allow young pitchers to grow while keeping their ERA south of 6. The way Target Field is right now, it’s a perfect fit for the Twins brand of baseball.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM

      Speedy outfielders like Jason Kubel, Michael Cudduyer and Demlmon Young?

      I know, snark alert….but I had to say it.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 12, 2010 at 12:01 PM

      Speedy outfielders like Jason Kubel, Michael Cudduyer and Demlon Young?

      I know, snark alert….but I had to say it.

      • twinsfn343 - Nov 12, 2010 at 3:35 PM

        lol I know what you mean but I had in mind Joe Benson, Aaron Hick and Ben Revere

  5. schlom - Nov 12, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    What a teammate! Morneau: “F*** the pitchers, make me happy!”

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