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Chase Headley denies report of 2011 scuffle over ballpark dimensions

May 12, 2012, 2:15 PM EST

Chase Headley AP AP

Earlier this week, ESPN’s Tim Koewn opened a story about ballpark dimensions by relaying an anecdote about a scuffle in the Padres’ clubhouse early last year.

Mike Adams, who now pitches for the Rangers, allegedly lashed out in a postgame rant, telling the team’s hitters to stop complaining about the dimensions at the pitcher-friendly PETCO Park. Ryan Ludwick and Chase Headley were among the targets of his comments, which resulted in some sort of ruckus.

Interesting story and I recommend reading Koewn’s piece, but Headley told Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune yesterday that the scuffle never took place.

“Ninety-eight percent of that article as it pertained to myself and the Padres was 100 percent wrong,” said Headley, who then gave his recollection of the meeting.

“We were playing bad. We had a closed-door meeting. At the end of his comments, Bud asked if anyone had anything to add. Mike (Adams) mentioned we needed to focus on winning and stop worrying about the ballpark.”

“My name and Ludwick’s name were never said by Mike. I never even spoke to Mike about what he said. It’s 100 percent false. It was a big surprise to me to read that. I was shocked and really disappointed. It (the story) made me look like a jerk.

Padres manager Bud Black also denied that a scuffle took place and Adams told Richard Durrett of ESPN.com that he didn’t direct his message at any one person. ESPN continues to stand by the report, which was recounted by multiple sources.

Regardless of whether the incident took place, it wouldn’t be surprising if Ludwick and Headley were frustrated at the time. Ludwick mentioned in February that “playing in San Diego screwed me up” while Headley owns a lowly .658 career OPS at PETCO Park compared to an .814 OPS on the road. We learned last month that the Padres are in the process of conducting a study whether to alter the dimensions of the stadium.

  1. mungman69 - May 12, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Alter them. No hitters want to play there.

  2. drewsylvania - May 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    ESPN create spurious narrative? That’s unpossible.

    • bigmeechy74 - May 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      Did you really just write “unpossible?”

      • drewsylvania - May 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        Someone’s younger than 30.

      • Utley's Hair - May 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

        Yes. Yes he did. And he meant it.

      • drewsylvania - May 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        @Utley: Merci.

  3. xmatt0926x - May 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    You get nothing good from having these canyon-like stadiums. The hitters have to change their approach and end up screwing themselves up and if the pitching is good enough it doesn’t matter if it’s a hitters park or not. There’s just no benefit other than making a few mediocre pitchers here and there appear to be better than what they are. Weigh that small benefit against the totally dead offense you have to read stories about year after year for the teams that play in these parks.

  4. deathmonkey41 - May 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    The name Chase Headley always reminds me of Blazing Saddles. Good old Harvey Korman.

    • sophiethegreatdane - May 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      Where’s my froggy?

  5. yahmule - May 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Most of the ballparks in MLB qualify as hitters parks. I see nothing wrong with having a few PetCos and SafeCos in the mix. Of course, certain hitters are going to complain and that has been a tradition in San Diego dating back to Ryan Klesko and Phil Nevin. Moving in the fences a few feet isn’t going to do anything about the heavy air that comes from having a ballpark built near the water at sea level. Build your team around pitching, speed and defense and turn your home yard into an advantage. Trade away the hitters who allow themselves to become complately mindf___ed by the environment.

  6. metalhead65 - May 12, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    so what is ludwick’s excuse for completely sucking with the reds this year? maybe if you can’t hit at great american ball park it is time to admit you were over rated and only put up good numbers while you played with albert hitting behind you in st.louis. besides sucking with the padres he did little with the pirates before continuing his suckitude with the reds. but not before he got the patron saint of ex- cardinals,Walt Jocetty to fork over 2.5 million dollars for what he did 4 years ago.thumbs down all you want but it is true,he has done nothing since being traded to the padres and is currently batting under .200 for the reds at one of the more hitter friendly parks.

  7. kopy - May 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    “Ninety-eight percent of that article as it pertained to myself and the Padres was 100 percent wrong,”

    60% of the time, it works every time.

    • Utley's Hair - May 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      90 percent of the game is half mental.

      • jwbiii - May 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        By the way, Happy Birthday, Mr. Berra!

  8. micker716 - May 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Petco didn’t screw up Ryan Ludwick. Not hitting behind Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday did.

  9. ptfu - May 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    What part of “closed-door meeting” do people not understand? Anything said in there stays in there. This squabble isn’t going to help the Padres iron out future issues.

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