Ervin Santana calls Yankees Stadium “a joke” after giving up two homers yesterday

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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.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.