Balls flying all around baseball

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Sorry, couldn’t resist the headline. Apparently, the homer-friendly atmosphere in the new Yankee Stadium might not be some kind of park effect. While we’ve seen a record number of gopher balls over the first six games at the park, Brian Cashman notes that homers are traveling further throughout baseball. On average, they’re going an extra eight feet, something which “may even out over the course of an 81-game home schedule.” Let’s hope this is the case. While a more homer-friendly park would obviously benefit the Yanks’ offense, opposing teams have the same advantage. I prefer the Yanks’ pitchers keeping the ball in the park.

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  • Tom Zig

    Has anyone considered the powers that be “juicing” the balls to attract more spectators?

    Either that or everyone secretly built a band box over the winter.

    • Rob in CT

      Baseball Prospectus is talking about it, yeah. It could be.

      It’s also still possible for it to be a SSS fluke.

  • Bo

    We’re going to be hearing about the juiced ball conspiracy all summer now with this band box they have. Jeter is going to hit 30+ homers.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      But if there flying out of all ballparks with a greater frequency, how does that make Yankee Stadium a bandbox?

      And you don’t think Selig would ordered the balls to be juiced? Attendance dropped last year for the first time in over a decade, and with the economy the way it is, I wouldn’t be one bit surprised to find that the ball is juiced this year.

      • Chris C.

        “But if there flying out of all ballparks with a greater frequency, how does that make Yankee Stadium a bandbox?”

        Because there is already recorded proof of the wind blowing STRAIGHT OUT to right field and right center, as opposed to the old Yankee Stadium, where the trend was more of a horizontal wind from left to right field.

        Funny how the Yankees bought into and acknowledged this as a problem before they had the league-wide homer totals in front of them. Now they’re gonna pretend the wind ISN’T taking a different effect in the new park as opposed to the old one.

  • jsbrendog

    STEROIDS!11!1!1!11!11RANDOM NUMBERS!11!11!11

  • Russell NY

    Two words: Global Warming. Now the bats get hot with the weather.

    • zzzzzz


  • Will (the other one)

    I blame Selig. It’s all part of a sinister ploy to get his beloved Brewers back.

    (How? Don’t ask me. I just don’t like that guy.)

  • JohnnyC

    Selig juicing baseballs is more than plausible. He’s got more than a little P.T. Barnum in him. After all, he did make his first fortune selling used cars to cheeseheads.

  • Manimal

    Don’t forget, there have been about 5 No-hit bids that went past 6 innings. It hasn’t been ALL offense.

  • Tom Zig

    Gritty Alien Robots

  • Mark from Chicago

    This must somewhat related to that “change we can believe in” a certain someone was promising us last fall….