DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) -- Nicholas Castellanos saw one pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Blue Jays on Sunday. And that was all he needed to see to end the game, driving a Tim Mayza slider left over the plate into the bullpen -- his first career walk-off home run and the Tigers' fourth home win since the start of June.
It was Castellanos' 11th homer of the season, just his 3rd at home. Of his 104 career home runs in six years, just 44 have come within the confines of Comerica Park. Surely, part of that can be contributed to the spacious dimensions of the Tigers' home digs, one of the largest stadiums in the Major Leagues.
Following his walk-off on Sunday, Castellanos opened up on his feelings about Comerica, on a day where the depth of the field played in the Tigers' favor, with the Blue Jays seeing several hard-hit balls swallowed up by the outfield.
"This park's a joke," Castellanos said. "It’s to the point where, how are we going to be compared to the rest of the people in the league for power numbers and OPS and slugging and all this stuff, when we’ve got a yard out here that’s 420 feet straight across to center field? We get on second base, third base, and (opposing players) looking like, ‘how do you guys do this?' We play 81 games here, I don’t want to hear it about your two you hit that are questionable.”
What would Castellanos change about Comerica Park? It's as simple as bringing in the walls in center field and right-center field.
"There’s no reason that I hit a ball 434 feet off Anibal Sanchez and it goes in the first row. That shouldn’t happen," Castellanos said, referencing his last homer in Detroit, against the Nationals on June 28.
Castellanos tried to put the issue in the perspective of Miguel Cabrera, considered by many to be one of the best hitters, if not the best, of this generation.
"Let’s just say Miggy played his whole career in Yankee Stadium or Great American Ballpark or whatever – him and (Barry) Bonds are already the greatest hitters, period, there’s no discussion – but the fact that he’s played in Pro Player Stadium, the Marlins’ old park and then Comerica Park, there’s a discussion," Castellanos said.
The former Marlins' park had similar dimensions to Comerica, while Yankees Stadium and GABP are two of the more hitter-friendly parks in the league.
Castellanos has been the subject of trade rumors of late as the MLB trade deadline approaches at the end of the month. Most recently, Castellanos has been linked to the Chicago Cubs.
He said he's not worried about speculation because he can't control it.
"To be honest, not really. Because I’m to the point where I don’t care what happens," he said. "Why? Why care? I can’t control it. Why care one day my hair is gonna turn gray when I can’t control it? I don’t know if that analogy makes any sense, but it popped into my head."