Home run hitters

The Seahawks will be swinging for the fences following this afternoon’s practice.

Literally.

Coach Pete Carroll threw down the gauntlet during the team meeting this morning, announcing a home run derby for 5:30 p.m. today. One representative from each position group will battle on the Virginia Mason Athletic Center fields as they try to hit the most home runs, with the winner getting a free dinner at a local restaurant for the entire position group.

“The competition is on!” Carroll excitedly announced this morning.

The players will hit softballs from the northwest corner of the field toward the berm, with the grass hill acting as the left-field bleachers about 250 feet away from home. Because of the field alignment, Carroll has disqualified left-handed hitters, already creating a minor stir among the players.

Golden Tate, who played baseball at Notre Dame and hit .329 in 2009, is a lefty, and the wideouts are crying foul. But Carroll is shrugging off the playful banter that has already blossomed into a controversy.

“It evens the playing field a little,” the head coach said with a smile.


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