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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Woodward is sorry the Yankees have a ‘Little League’ park

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — A day after calling Yankee Stadium a “Little League ballpark” after driving the game-winning home of Glebner Torres on the short porch of right field, Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward said he should not miss his postgame game. Sorry about the comment.

“Probably bad words on my part,” he said on Monday. “I gave it a take on a lot of people. But listen, I didn’t mean to disrespect this place, obviously. And it’s clearly a world-class organization, the ballpark. I’m about to play it as usual.” Sounds like one of my favorite places, but I understand why Yankee fans would be upset by it. That’s why I love them.”

Torres’ ninth inning drive from John King (1-1) traveled 369 feet and hit 106.5 mph, giving the Yankees a 2-1 win in the doubleheader opener.

“Small ballpark. It’s easy in the 99% ballpark,” Woodward said on Sunday. “Just happened to hit it in the right field at a Little League ballpark.”

According to MLB Statcast, Torres’ shot would have been home runs in 26 of 30 major league ballparks.

“Their math is wrong – 99% impossible,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “There are only 30 parks.”

New York took a hard hit on Woodward when Giancarlo Stanton hit a 461-foot home run in the second game, a 4–2 victory for Texas.

“We’re going to guess this 30/30 is a home run at the major league ballpark,” the Yankees tweeted.

Torres’ seven walk-off hits since 2018 are the most among majors in that period. That was his second game-end homer.

“Both teams play in the same ballpark. It’s the same dimension,” Torres said. “I love to hit the walk-off homer at the Little League ballpark.”

Woodward is familiar with New York from his time as a fielder with the Mets in 2005 and ’06, in his fourth season as manager of the Rangers. He laughed a little at the Yankees tweet.

“I adore the city. The ballpark is probably one of my favorite places to visit,” Woodward said. “They have a little perfect field. They always have. Honestly, it was back in the old park. And that’s what makes this place unique. So many ways. And salute to Gleber. Man, he did that ball.” Hit hard.”

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