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Twins consider drastic change to Target Field

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08:17 AM ET 08.13 | The Mets moved in the fences at Citi Field this season, and, according to a report, the Padres and Mariners may be next. Target Field has yielded an average of 2.09 home runs per game this season, ranking seventh in the 14-team American League, according to ESPN Stats and Information Group. In its first two years, the park rated third-worst in the league for home runs in 2010 and 2011, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker. "It looks like the numbers are starting to level off," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "We're right about in the middle of the league as far as home run output for the ballpark." The Twins will wait until after the season before examining more closely how Target Field played in Year 3, Ryan said.

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August 13, 2012  08:51 AM ET

PetCo could really benefit from moving the fences in. It worked for Comerica Park.

August 13, 2012  09:14 AM ET

I think more teams should move fences out, not in. More home runs does not equal better baseball.

August 13, 2012  09:36 AM ET

no comment.
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August 13, 2012  09:41 AM ET

The only thing that'll help the Twins is if they move the pitching mound in ... but only for the home team!

August 13, 2012  09:52 AM ET

True. I think too, with quality starting pitching at a premium these days they should be thinking more about helping the pitcher out. Remember those home runs are easier for BOTH teams.

August 13, 2012  09:55 AM ET

You don't need to spend a lot of money on studies of how many HR's are leaving Target Field, just look at your pitching staff which no other team wants and your home record the last three seasons and GM you got your answers.

August 13, 2012  10:19 AM ET

By moving the fences in, The Mets developed Strike Out Artists, most of there young players are swing for the fences, two of them were sent down, they have another 4 to go!!!

August 13, 2012  11:43 AM ET
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Willingham

this player has been the top offensive player for the twins,,,

August 13, 2012  11:45 AM ET

if the twins have the lowest amount in homeruns in their stadium,, then they should follow the mets strategy,, move in the fences,,

August 13, 2012  11:46 AM ET

the mariners have to apply the same type of approach in order to balance homeruns and runs production,,

August 13, 2012  11:48 AM ET

the angels may have to do something out of the blue,, should they move the fences in order to score more runs?? because honestly this franchise looks very pathetic with their worse offense in the majors,,,

August 13, 2012  11:51 AM ET

the angels problems starts with pitching,,, but at the end the offense has been the biggest problem 80% the offense fault and angels faillures has to do with the poor offense,,,

August 13, 2012  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think more teams should move fences out, not in. More home runs does not equal better baseball.

there are teams who have great respect for the game,, there are teams that they just play just for fun, but they do not have any goals to achieve,,,,

August 13, 2012  11:55 AM ET

You need some poer on your team before you move the walls in, otherwise it is just an advantage for the visiting club.

August 13, 2012  11:55 AM ET

power

August 13, 2012  01:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think more teams should move fences out, not in. More home runs does not equal better baseball.

I agree in general. A park that has a good balance between pitching and hitting makes for the best baseball. Safeco in Seattle, though, plays much too big--except for a couple of weeks at the end of August when the weather finally warms up a bit. But for most of the year the cold, wet, sea air just makes the fences out of reach.

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August 13, 2012  03:12 PM ET
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the mariners have to apply the same type of approach in order to balance homeruns and runs production,,

Very True but at Safeco Field it would make more sense to move home plate out than to move the fences in. It is a great pitchers park but the hitters are struggling.

 
August 13, 2012  04:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think more teams should move fences out, not in. More home runs does not equal better baseball.

Couldn't agree more. These newer stadiums are like bandboxes making HR totals as meaningless as 'roiders.

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