Target Field a launching pad for Blue Jays

Jays' Edwin Encarnacion hits a two-run home run off Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano during the...

Jays' Edwin Encarnacion hits a two-run home run off Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano during the second inning in Minneapolis, Sept. 30, 2010. (Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:48 PM ET

MINNEAPOLIS - The Blue Jays had been warned about Target Field, brand-spanking new home to the Minnesota Twins, when they made their first visit for the final four games of 2010.

“We had all those homers that year,” Dwayne Murphy, the Jays hitting coach then, was saying Friday night before the Jays’ only visit of 2013.

“That year Twins hitters were telling our guys, ‘wait till you get to our park. The ball doesn’t carry at all.’ ”

When the Jays came in, hittrackeronline.com showed 1.35 homers had been hit per game at Target Field, the third-fewest in the American League behind Oakland’s McAfee Coliseum (1.33) and Seattle’s cavernous Safeco Field (1.22). 

Twins first baseman Michael Cuddyer gave Jays catcher John Buck and others the home run data on Target:

A right-handed hitter had not homered to right field.

No one had homered to centre.

Only one hitter had gone into the third deck of left field.


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