I’m not sure what’s the most surprising thing about this article:
1. That the Giants are on pace to hit into 209 double plays, which would beat the current record by a country mile;
2. That the Giants’ offense has actually produced enough base runners to hit into that many double plays; or
3. That the current record — 174 — was set by a team that was actually pretty good: the 1990 Red Sox.
What does not surprise me is that Pablo Sandoval leads the team with eight Gidps. Dude ain’t fast.
The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.
The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.
One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.