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La Russa complains about Miller Park scoreboard

Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:33 pm
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Tony La RussaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

You know it's a big series for the Cardinals if Tony La Russa is complaining. 

This time? The ribbon scoreboard at Miller Park. The Cardinals manager complained that the lights on the scoreboard near home plate were darker when the Brewers were batting than when the Cardinals were batting. La Russa filed a complaint with umpire Gary Darling on Monday night and the Brewers heard from the MLB on Monday.

In the end -- shocker -- it was much ado about nothing.

"We didn't change anything," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "There was no reason to change anything. What was brought up, nothing had to be changed."

The Brewers are 40-14 at home and 21-35 on the road, so apparently it's all about the scoreboard.

There have been enough whispers about impropriety at Miller Park that Haudricourt said he asked manager Ron Roenicke "point-blank if the Brewers were cheating at home."

"If we are, I know nothing about it," Roenicke responded. "I would think I would be [in the loop.]"

The Brewers beat Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals 6-2 on Monday, giving Milwaukee a 3 1/2-game lead in the National League Central. The Cardinals had eight hits on Monday, but were just 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position. 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:19 pm
 

La Russa complains about Miller Park scoreboard

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Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 11:56 pm
 

La Russa complains about Miller Park scoreboard

My bad, this was supposed to go as a reply to the whiner apologist. The 1 who said he saw the difference during the games. Oh well, most of y'all needed to hear some knowledge as well.



Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 2:25 pm
 

La Russa complains about Miller Park scoreboard

No no no u clown. U got it backwards. If your gonna post like u know something. U gotta actually know what your talkin about. Larussa was complaining bc it was lit up more for the brewers, supposedly making them b able to see the pitch better.  I understand your comment, and u make more sense then big Tone. Which is why this is entirely a crock. Those in the know would realize, if your trying to hit a baseball u don't want bright lights on u. That's the wonder of field lighting. It allows for indirect lighting of objects. If the lighting were brighter, or more direct. It would make it tougher to pick up the balls rotation and depth. I tried thinking about this from Larusa's perspective. True, if the ribbons were only directly behind, or overhead of the batter it would be a great help. The problem is the ribbons wrap around towards each on deck circle. Also true, that even though the ribbon wraps around, it doesn't wrap around far enough to be directly in the batters eyes. Although if u pay attention to baseball, or have played b4. Then u would know that things out of the corner of your eye, or anything not directly in your path of vision is more distracting then if something was moving between u and the pitcher.  Which is why the running game is usually controlled from the bench when  your big bats come up. U don't want a guy swiping a base, or moving around on the paths distracting your hitters concentration. ( if your a good hitter, u can concentrate enough to create the perception of tunnel vision between u and the pitcher)  So back to my original point.  If the brewers were doing what Larussa is suggesting they're doing. It wouldn't help them at all. It would hurt them if anything, and say that it did help some. How would u know which batter it helps? U wouldn't.  Not all batters enjoy hitting in the same type of lighting. Which is why certain guys enjoy hitting in certain ball parks, ex. Bill Hall career 440 hitter at great American. Career 260 at miller park. Also why certain guys like playing at different times of day. Josh Hamilton sucks during day games. He can't pick up the ball when it's bright out. His words, not mine. So say it did help some guys McGhee, or Hart. You wouldn't know if it helped Fielder, or Braun. How could u know?  Just bc they bat .300 with the lights on for a season. How could u know if maybe the lights were down Fielder might hit .330. The only way u could know would be to ask the player, and I'm sure they wouldn't know until they tried it. So in order for this to work, u would have to take every batter and put him up to bat in a simulated game. While adjusting the lighting and getting feedback from the player directly. Now if your suggesting that this is what the brewers did. Then that's one extreme acusation. A whole organizational scandal. One that would be completely ignorant, bc next year when players go to different teams. I'm pretty sure they might say something about it to the new team, or at the very least mention the fact when they come back to town seeing as how I'm sure they wouldn't want to bat at a disadvantage. Really that's what the other clown on here that says he can tell the difference is saying. His comment of the brewers have been doing this for years, Ignorant!  U know how many guys have gone to other teams from Milwaukee in those years. There's at least a dozen in the NL central alone. If Larussa can tell the difference and see they are cheating when he only comes here for at most 9 games a year. If they were doing this, I'm sure a guy playing 70 or 80 games a year would of noticed it as well.    Now to your comment, and that of the other know nots on here backing Larussa's claims. Y'all are clowns! U didn't notice the lights changing to benefit the team. U noticed the ribbons getting brighter at times when the display was changed to something bigger and brighter than b4. Which is what happens at every ballpark.    I think y'all are smart enough to realize that there is such a thing as home field advantage for every team in every sport. Maybe u look at the trend of brewers at home over the past 8 seasons. Yeah it's crazy!  A young team plays better at home. Young guys go out on the road, and don't play as well on the road as veterans. Young team with what was named the loudest stadium in baseball 3 of the last 5 years.  imagine that, young high energy guys play better and with more emotion than veterans.   A stadium in the smallest baseball market in MLB that brings in 3million fans a season, and finishes in the top 10 in attendance yearly.     Also crazy!   Is it possible that these same fans, who just by looking at the #s u can see are some of the most passionate fans in MLB, fans that support the team win or lose. Is it possible that young ballplayers feed off that energy from the crowd?  Then u get to the way the park plays.   A stadium built for home runs more than doubles, and a team that is built to play station 2 station, and wait for the long ball. A stadium with a slow infield, and a team with poor defensive infielders. Maybe just maybe. The brewers have the ultimate home field advantage. Another part of Larussa pouting  y'all are forgetting about. Was him ranting about the idiot fans at miller park.   Strange how he went off after a loss about those 2 things together. Maybe instead of him riding around on his pompous high horse, claiming the only way his team could lose was if the other team was cheating. I'm thinking he went with the wrong choice. Seems to me that Larussa just has fan envy. He just wishes he could get that kind of crowd, the kind of fans that care more about their team win or lose. Then the fans in StL care about their team when they win. "The proof is in the pudding" is how the saying goes. Just look at Cardinal games in July and August. The only way u would see miller park that empty. Was if the brewers were on the road.  Sorry bout the grammar



Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:46 pm
 

La Russa complains about Miller Park scoreboard

I think no matter what, its always something that is gonna be speculated about. No matter what stadium, no matter what sport.  I guess thats just a part of "home field advantage". I dont think that the lights are particulary noticable.



Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Love 'em or Hate 'em..... score 1 for LaRussa

Finally!!  We've noticed this on the telecasts all season long!  Thank you for bringing it to the attention of everyone else who should know to look for it now.  While they've finally put together a well-rounded ball team, the Brewers' home record is definitely sketchy at best.  Reminds me a bit of the old Metrodome that the Twins played in.  It has been documented that Minnesota would alter the effects of the air pressure within the dome by opening various entry ways when an opposing team would be at bat, thus making it more difficult for the opponent to hit home runs, or any long ball for that matter.



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:28 am
 

La Russa complains about Miller Park scoreboard

Turn off those ribbon scoreboards permanently.  Everyone hates them.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:13 am
 

La Russa complains about Miller Park scoreboard

If you look or watch the game you would see what he is saying is true.
HAHAHA   Not only are LaRussa and the Cardinals whiny little wussies,  it appears it is starting to rub off on the Cardinal fans as well


Oh the humanity



Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 6:31 am
 

La Russa complains about Miller Park scoreboard

Brandon Phillips was right.  They are whiny little bi***es!!!


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