Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Aren't Both Teams Affected By This?

In today's Buster Olney blog (Insider required), he says:

The folks who run the Reds know that the patience of their fans is running out, writes John Erardi.

If the Reds are serious about reconstruction, here's the first thing they should do: Reconstruct the ballpark. Blow out the first 10 rows of seats in left and right field and make the place play bigger, for the benefit of pitching. As currently constructed, Cinergy Field is as conducive to winning as Coors Field was in the 1990s, before the humidor.
I've never quite understood this logic. Wouldn't the away teams be just as affected by this as the home teams? I mean, they're conducive to someone winning; why not the home team? This seems like a lame excuse for your team sucking. Build a better team.

Am I wrong?


TheYurtingYeti said...

I think you are missing one point here that he forgot to mention. When the seats are blown away, they are being replaced by a sliding bleacher system. That way the seats will either be there or not depending on who is at bat. Incidentally, those seats will be sold for 1/2 price with a complementary flashlight for the 2nd half of the innings:-D

Maestro said...

I understand what you're saying, but you are missing something. Extreme hitting parks make it hard to build and maintain a good pitching staff over time. Plus, extreme hitting or pitching parks make it hard to accurately evaluate your own players.

Mike C said...

Okay, sure that's a good point: who wanted to pitch in Colorado during the '90s? No good pitchers did.

Thanks for contributing.