Greg Bird took Ervin Santana downtown twice yesterday, and that’s what cost the Twins the game. After the game, Santana had this to say about the homers he gave up. One of which he gives Bird credit for, the other he does not:
“The other one was a very good pitch, out and way, and he just hit it very good,” the pitcher said. “I know, probably in another park that’s a double. But here, it’s a joke.”
Maybe Yankee Stadium is a bit too homer friendly. After all, in the seven seasons the new Yankee Stadium has been open the Yankees have hit 166 more homers at home than on the road. Right field does seem to be a bit of an easier poke now than it used to be.
But in this specific instance Santana is nuts. Bird’s first homer went an estimated 384 feet and reached the second deck. It’d be out in every park in baseball:
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His second one was even longer:
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It was estimated at 420 feet and went to the back of the bullpen. Again, out in every park with the possible — and I mean only possible — exception of those couple of parks who have deep center fields or right-center alleys like AT&T and Minute Maid parks. It’s certainly out in any version of Yankee Stadium.
Of course, Santana is 0-4 for his career with a 8.14 ERA and has given up six homers in four career starts in new Yankee Stadium, so you can imagine his thoughts on the place are something less than rational.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Major League Baseball Players Association has submitted a proposal to the league concerning the 2020 season. The proposal includes a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.
Passan clarifies that among the players who choose to opt out, only those that are considered “high risk” would still receive their salaries. The others would simply receive service time. The union also proposed that the players receive a non-refundable $100 million sum advance during what would essentially be Spring Training 2.
If the regular season were to begin in early July, as has often been mentioned as the target, that would give the league four months to cram in 114 games. There would have to be occasional double-headers, or the players would have to be okay with few off-days. Nothing has been mentioned about division realignment or a geographically-oriented schedule, but those could potentially ease some of the burden.
Last week, the owners made their proposal to the union, suggesting a “sliding scale” salary structure. The union did not like that suggestion. Players were very vocal about it, including on social media as Max Scherzer — one of eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee — made a public statement. The owners will soon respond to the union’s proposal. They almost certainly won’t be happy with many of the details, but the two sides can perhaps find a starting point and bridge the gap. As the calendar turns to June, time is running out for the two sides to hammer out an agreement on what a 2020 season will look like.