Gleyber Torres’ walk-off home run has Chris Woodward whining

After Gleyber Torres’ walk-off home run Sunday, Rangers manager Chris Woodward had the taste of sour grapes left in his mouth.

Woodward blamed the Yankee Stadium dimensions for Torres taking Rangers left-hander John King deep to right field to give the Yankees a 2-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader.

“Just a small ballpark,” Woodward told reporters. “That’s an easy out in 99 percent of ballparks. The wind wasn’t helping today obviously.

“[Torres] just happened to hit it in a Little League ballpark to right field.”

Torres’ game-winning shot traveled 369 feet — longer than Rangers right fielder Kole Calhoun’s 355-foot homer to right field two innings earlier — and would have been a home run in 26 of 30 MLB ballparks, according to Statcast. Coming off the bat at 106.5 mph, it also had an expected batting average of .970, per Baseball Savant.

Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a walk-off solo home run during the bottom of the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a walk-off home run.
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Rangers manager Chris Woodward looks on before the first game of a doubleheader against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, May 8, 2022.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward called Yankee Stadium a “Little League ballpark.”
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The short porch at Yankee Stadium certainly allows for its fair share of cheap home runs, but Torres’ roundtripper did not seem to be one of them.

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