Twins hitters want some tweaks to Target Field

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Thumbnail image for target-field-100407.jpgThey’re not complaining about the dimensions or the wind patterns. They’re complaining about the glare. Hitting coach Joe Vavra:

“There’s a lot of light that reflects off that wall [beyond center
field], maybe because of all the glass. It has been borderline dangerous
at some points. You can see some of the catchers having trouble catching the ball,
and if the catcher can’t catch it, I don’t think you’re going to be able
to hit it.”

They’re also getting a lot of glare from the giant Twins logo with the two dudes shaking hands. Some of the suggestions to address it include netting and non-glare coating and stuff.  The team says it will work on it. 

No park is perfect when it opens. There are always little tweaks.  This one, though, would seem like a safety issue.  There’s a reason parks have batter’s eyes out in center: so the batter can see the ball and not, you know, get cold-cocked with it.  If Target Field is distracting hitters and not allowing them to follow the ball all the way in, it’s a big problem.

NOTE: For the safety of our readers, I included a pic of Target Field on an overcast day. Can’t be too careful.

Jacob deGrom scratched due to gloomy weather report

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The Mets have scratched Jacob deGrom from tonight’s start against the San Diego Padres because of the risk of rain in New York. Rafael Montero will start in deGrom’s place.

Manager Terry Collins said there is no physical issue with deGrom, but that because of the chance of rain, he didn’t want to risk a short outing. de Grom will start Friday’s game against the Pirates.

Red Sox to activate David Price for a Monday start

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Earlier today we talked about how David Price was knocked around in a minor league rehab start. Apparently he felt good while being knocked around because he’s going to make a start for the Red Sox on Monday afternoon against the White Sox.

Healthy is all that truly matters at this point, what with Drew Pomeranz struggling and Steven Wright out for the year. The Sox need someone to eat some innings at the moment. If it takes him a bit to get super sharp, well, so be it.