MINNEAPOLIS New Twins outfielder Josh Willingham has just 11 career at-bats at Target Field, playing three games there last season when the Oakland Athletics came to town. It's a small sample size, to be sure, but Willingham showed in that series that he should have no problem hitting at what has been tabbed as a pitcher's ballpark.
Against Minnesota starter Scott Baker on April 10 of the 2011 season, Willingham went deep to left field on a 2-2 count. His solo homer reached the upper deck of Target Field and measured 420 feet, according to hittrackeronline.com.
"I think the pitch that he hit out was a ball left out over the middle of the plate," Baker recalled. "You can just look at him and tell he's super strong. He's just a very strong individual. He can put a charge in the ball just as good as anybody."
Of Willingham's 29 home runs in 2011, the one he hit at Target Field was his third-longest of the season. Willingham said he doesn't know a ton about his new home park outside...