Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.
The Twins have no plans to change the outfield wall dimensions (distance or height) for the 2013 season, and there will be no change to the batter's eye, such as the addition of trees, team president Dave St. Peter said today in an e-mail to reporters.
This would fall under the non-news news category. So many people ask the Twins these questions that St. Peter felt compelled to answer definitively.
The Twins had black spruce trees behind the center field wall when Target Field opened in 2010, but hitters complained that they had trouble seeing, so those trees were removed and replanted. After going 94-68 in 2010, the Twins have finished with the worst record in the American League each of the past two seasons.
Target Field was one of the toughest places for hitters to hit a home run in 2010, but by last season, it was middle of the pack.
"Like all aspects of Target Field, the Twins will continue to engage in regular review and study of playability issues such as these," St. Peter said in the e-mail. "It remains our goal to ensure the best possible facility for our fans, players and staff."
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