stumpak wrote:I think that Kolb is on the right track. The offensive downswing coincides with the humidor. I also am a little confused on why they are allowed to do this. It would seem to me a small ball team with a stinky offense (say Minnesota) may benefit from doing the same thing.
Just speculating here, but I would think that MLB finds it acceptable in Colorado because the location of the stadium is an unavoidable natural impediment to fielding a competitive team. The humidor isn't allowed to offset the team's deficiencies, but rather the physical properties of the stadium. In Minnesota's case, there isn't such a measureable physical issue with the park that needs to be addressed.
Coors Field was so bad as a hitter's park that pitchers simply didn't want to pitch there, and stats backed up the fact that pitchers did suffer in the park. That puts the Rockies at a competitive disadvantage that I presume MLB was willing to allow them to address.