PASCO, Wash. -- When the new Tri-City Dust Devils hopped off the plane and drove over to Gesa Stadium, one of the first things they talked about was just how big a ballpark Gesa Stadium is.
The stadium is tied for the largest in the Northwest League. Plus, winds blow in from the outfield making the park even tougher to hit in.
Last year, the Dust Devils were last in terms of team batting average and not surprisingly, had the worst record in the Northwest League.
"One of my teammates, Rhett, said it's kind of a graveyard out here," said infielder Timothy Smalling. "The ball doesn't travel too well. We have to hit line drives and forget about the long ball."
"I heard it's not a very hitter friendly park to right field, me being a lefthand hitter," said infielder Jordan Ribera.
"This is one of the toughest parks to hit in with the wind and the size of the field," said hitting coach Anthony Sanders.
"We need offense," said Manager Freddie Ocasio. "Offense wins games here because this ballpark, it's a tough ballpark for the hitters. When we do have a good offense, that's when we have good years."
The Dust Devils will see if they can boost last year's league worst .231 batting average when the season opens Friday Night at Gesa Stadium against Everett.