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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Dodgers bring in humidor to combat mile-high effect at Isotopes Park

“The ball sounds mushy off the bat”...Damn, I thought I had stumbled across an old scouting report on Ray Oyler.

With the 2013 Pacific Coast League season set to launch Thursday when the Isotopes play host to the Iowa Cubs, it was an offseason decision by the parent Los Angeles Dodgers that will undoubtedly have the biggest impact on the season.

The humidor is intended to mute the effect dry air has on a baseball, which makes the ball feel harder and bounces off a bat with greater power.

That, in turn, leads to skewed numbers for hitters and pitchers alike.

Tired of bloated offensive stats that overinflate a hitter’s worth while simultaneously diminishing that of a pitcher, the Dodgers brass purchased a humidor and installed it inside the cinderblocked hallway leading from the field to the visitor’s clubhouse in Isotopes Park.

...Isotopes pitching coach Glenn Dishman doesn’t need convincing. He’s a believer in the humidor.

“I was with [the Colorado Rockies] when they started using one and I can tell you that it does change the game,” he said. “The ball just feels different. Almost like it’s a little bigger and sort of softer because it absorbs moisture.”

The other difference is audible.

“The ball sounds mushy off the bat,” Dishman said. “You still get the crack, but it’s not like you’d get around here where it’s so dry.”

Repoz Posted: April 03, 2013 at 07:40 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. zack Posted: April 03, 2013 at 11:50 AM (#4403098)
Tired of bloated offensive stats that overinflate a hitter’s worth while simultaneously diminishing that of a pitcher, the Dodgers brass purchased a humidor and installed it inside the cinderblocked hallway leading from the field to the visitor’s clubhouse in Isotopes Park.


Well that's not a particularly good reason for an AAA team, but I doubt it's the actual reason. The good reason would be so that you don't screw up your prospects by having them play on the moon.

Of course, which is worse for a pitching prospect, playing on the moon or throwing a ball that feels different?
   2. hee came hee seop'd he choi'd Posted: April 03, 2013 at 12:57 PM (#4403198)
Yeah it has to be a confidence thing for upper level guys. They're not moving to install one for their Cal league affiliate afaik.. If anywhere needs a humidor its places like Lancaster.
   3. Tripon Posted: April 03, 2013 at 01:02 PM (#4403207)
Dodgers Cal League affiliate is Rancho Cucamonga, which is still a hitter's park, but noway as bad as Lancaster is.

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