Published 2:19 PM EDT Jul 22, 2019
Frustrated even after hitting a walk-off home run Sunday, Detroit Tigers right fielder Nick Castellanos expressed his displeasure with his team’s stadium and its pitcher-friendly dimensions.
“This park is a joke,” Castellanos said, per the Detroit News. “It’s to the point where how are we going to be compared to the rest of the people in the league in terms of power numbers, OPS, slugging and all that stuff when we got a yard out here that’s 420 feet straight across center field?”
The Tigers rank last in the majors with just 34 home runs in 48 games at their home ballpark. By comparison, they have 55 homers in 48 road games.
“I mean, they can move in center and right-center field. There’s no reason I hit a ball 434 feet off (Nationals right-hander) Anibal Sanchez and it goes in the first row,” Castellanos said, referencing a homer he hit to right-center at the end of June. That shouldn’t happen. But, I’m not in charge of that, either.”
Castellanos, one of the top players expected to be traded before the July 31 deadline, has just 11 home runs this season, with eight of them coming on the road. His OPS at Comerica Park is .720, while he’s up to .921 away from home.
“We’ll get on second base or third base and they’ll come up and be like, ‘Man, how do you guys do this?'” Castellanos said. “We play 81 games here, man. I don’t want to hear about the two you hit that are questionable.”