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Gomez and Fake Grass

I know that time left in the Dome is limited, but I think that the combination of Gomez and "Field Turf" as they call it now could be deadly. The Twins probably have the biggest home field edge of any team in terms of a quirky stadium. A fast leadoff hitter like Gomez paired with our blinding lights and fast turf could be a great combination. As much as I hate to see Johann leave, Gomez's early season form is making me feel that it was at least a reasonably fair trade. With him moving to a turf field (albeit for only the next two years) he instantly becomes a move effective player than he was with the Mets. At the same time, Johann becomes less of a key player on the Mets where he faces weaker national league lineups and will pitch fewer innings because he will be pinch hit for. Another great move by Twins to deal him to a team where he becomes worse for a player that becomes better because he's playing for the Twins.

Gomez is the type of player who is going to have a OBP 30 points higher because he is playing on turf. For scrappy guys like him it is a huge advantage to be playing the Dome's surface. This is the same reason that Knoblauch was great with the Twins and an absolute brick with the Yankees. I have no doubt that Chuck would have been a career .310 hitter and a hall-of-famer had he been a career Twin, but instead will only be remembered as they guy who couldn't throw to first base.

 

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