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.241/.353/.504 slashline overall which isn't outstanding in Las Vegas but not bad.
#8 No. The Dodgers were with Albuquerque (also an extreme hitter's park) since 1972. Las Vegas joined the PCL in 1983 as the Padres' AAA team.
I thought being in New Orleans a few years ago was bad, but I don't think there's a worse place you could have your AAA affiliate. Might as well skip AAA and keep guys in Binghamton.
I don't care how hard Vegas is on pichers' stats: New Orleans ('07-08) was way worse.
The Tucson Padres are drawing horrible crowds for the third straight year. MLB needs to replace them with a team in the east (even if they play in the PCL) (I think Ottawa has been trying to being back affiliated ball) and then no east coast MLB team would be stuck with a western AAA club.
Baseball in Vegas is brutal, and its an outdoor stadium too so its just hot, hot, hot, hot.
"It changes your mind-set," Burke said. "You get in situations where you're like, 'I'm not looking for a double play here. I need to strike this guy out because I'm afraid of him putting it in play.'"
A watered-down playing surface would help allay those concerns, but with only two groundskeepers, there isn't much the 51s can do.
Marty Brown, who managed the Toronto Blue Jays' Triple-A team in Las Vegas the last two years, said he would often have to water the field himself. During the ninth inning of one game, he said the sprinklers went off and groundskeepers were nowhere to be found. With puddles forming around his pitcher, he picked up a rake and started to repair the mound. "Those things happen there," Brown said.
Niewenhuis isn't going to do anything, and neither is Puello, a classic tweener who can't field well enough in CF to make up for everything he can't do, and can't hit well enough to play a corner. Puello doesn't walk, and in four years in the Mets system didn't learn to.
Does the fact that he gets a ton of HBPs help mitigate that problem? It certainly appears to be a repeatable skill for him. He walks or gets hit by a pitch in roughly 10% of his plate appearances.
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