Mike Minor on new Globe Life Field: ‘I feel like it’s still a pitcher’s park.’
Mike Minor likes the feel of the Rangers’ new ballpark.
Mike Minor seems to be settling in well with the Rangers’ new Globe Life Field. Apart from a cooler atmosphere with a closed roof, the southpaw pitcher has also noted the way the ball travels through the park. On the mound, it appears to indicate leverage over opposing hitters.
“It (the ball) kind of flies a little bit down the lines and stuff like that,” said Minor. “But in the gaps, and in center (field); it doesn’t really go anywhere. Not really gonna change a whole lot of how I pitch. But getting feedback from the guys that hit bp (batting practice) everyday, and how the outfielders are seeing it; not flying as much as it did in the other stadium.”
The 2019 all star went 14-10 with a 3.59 ERA on the mound for the Rangers last season. Apart from making his first all star appearance, Minor also reached career-highs in innings pitched (208.1) and strikeouts (200).
The 32-year-old Minor has also felt in a better state physically pitching in the new ballpark.
“The roof, with it being air-conditioned is obviously a plus,” said Minor. “I feel like I’m not as overheated out there, not sweating as much. I don’t get as tired, I guess. I guess it feels like Houston, or another indoor stadium.”