Found June 21, 2013 on The Viril View: On the KC Royals:
by John Viril— Yesterday, Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore blamed his team’s historical low walk rate on their big home ballpark. In an interview with Fox Sports columnist Jeffrey Flanagan, Moore said, “We have the largest ballpark in terms of square footage of any ballpark in baseball. When pitchers come here, they have the mindset to use that park — put the ball in play, throw strikes, attack the zone. There isn’t the same fear factor of getting beat deep that you might have elsewhere.” Moore and director of player development J.J. Piccolo went on to deny that the reason might be that the organization has failed to emphasize walks in scouting, drafting and developing players. Former Royals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer explained to Flanagan, “”Pitchers mainly fear the long ball,” he says. “If your lineup isn’t hitting home runs, pitchers aren’t pitching around you. They’re going after you. There’s no need not to.” All of this sounds reasonable until you do a little
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