Woodward regrets saying Yankees have ‘Little League’ park

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after calling Yankee Stadium a “Little League stadium” after Gleyber Torres’ game-winning home run on the short right-field porch, Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward said that he regretted his post-game remarks.

“Probably bad words from me,” he said Monday. “I gave him a lay-up for a lot of people. But look, I meant no disrespect, obviously, in this place. And it’s obviously a world-class organization, basically. I refer to it as still being one of my favorite places to come and play, but I understand why Yankee fans are going to get upset about it. That’s why I love them.

Torres’ ninth inning against John King (1-1) went 369 feet and was hit at 106.5 mph, giving the Yankees a 2-1 win in a doubles opener.

“Small baseball stadium. It’s an easy out in 99% of baseball diamonds,” Woodward said Sunday. “He just happened to hit it at a Little League ballpark in right field.”

Torres’ shot would have been a home run in 26 of 30 major league baseball fields, according to MLB Statcast.

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

New York took a swipe at Woodward when Giancarlo Stanton homered 461 feet left in Game 2, a 4-2 win at Texas.

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

Torres’ seven hits since 2018 are the most at the majors in that span. It was his second game-ending homer.

“Both teams play in the same stadium. It’s the same dimension,” Torres said. “Feels good to hit a home run in the Little League ballpark.”

Woodward, who is in his fourth season as Rangers manager, knows New York well since he was an infielder with the Mets in 2005 and 2006. He laughed a little at the Yankees’ tweet.

“I love the city. The ballpark is probably one of my favorite places to come,” Woodward said. “They have a short right field. They always have. Honestly it was back to the old park. And that’s kind of what makes this place unique in so many ways. And hats off to Gleyber. Man, he hit that ball hard.


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