• Forget The Moat, What Happens When New Yankee Stadium Gets Great Wall?

    Posted by on May 24th, 2009 · Comments (3)

    Watching all these homeruns fly out of the new Yankee Stadium, and seeing a few issues already this season around fan interference and balls leaving the park, it makes me wonder if, next season, we’ll see a plexiglass extension added to the top of the fences at Yankee Stadium – like they had in left field at the Metrodome from 1983 to 1993?

    Really, what else can they do, if they want to do something about all the big flies in the Bronx these days? They’re not going to remove seats and push the walls back. Since there’s less area behind home plate in the new place, it’s not like you can push the dish back – as some parks have done in the past in order to increase the distance to the fences without having to move walls. And, you can’t make the fences taller without blocking some fan views – unless you go the plexiglass route.

    Man, if that happens, is that going to be ugly, or what? It’s like going to a hockey arena to watch a baseball game…

    Comments on Forget The Moat, What Happens When New Yankee Stadium Gets Great Wall?

    1. Evan3457
      May 24th, 2009 | 11:07 am

      If they want to do it right, they have no choice, they have to take out about 3 rows of seats in left center, right center and right. That’ll move the fences back about 10 feet or so.

      If there is a wind tunnel effect because of the open concourses behind each deck they can put up plexiglass behind each area, so that the fans could still walk or stand and watch the game. They can hire a few more for the ballpark cleaning crew to clean them. The security guards can move a couple of feet away from the seats, to the “doors” in the plexiglass screens.

      Or they could put the baseballs in a humidor, making them heavier. The increased home runs is only part of the reason Coors plays like a pinball machine (Remember pinball machins? I do. Sigh.). The other reason is the 1st adjustment the Rockies made to playing a mile high…the made the OF fences extremely deep, which, combined with the altitude, forced the outfielders to play very deep. This, in turn, opened up huge gaps between the outfielders, making doubles and triples much more common. It also opened up huge gaps between the infield and outfield, making singles in between the two much easier to get. Also, the altitude made curve balls much less effective. The combination of all these factors produced a park that allowed many more singles, doubles, and triples, and still allowed an excessive number of home runs. Thanks to the humidor, at least the home runs have been diminished some.

      The new Yankee Stadium should not have nearly as big a problem with singles, doubles and triples; as far as I can tell, you can still throw curve balls effectively. Just watch CC and Andy. And occasionally, AJ and Joba. No, the problem is limited to excessive numbers of HR. That problem can be tackled in a couple of different ways. Giving up three rows of seats, starting in the power alleys, is the best answer.

    2. UNC Tarheel
      May 25th, 2009 | 8:55 am

      It seems to me that most of the homers in the Stadium have been no doubters that have gone way past the first 3 rows of seats….

    3. May 25th, 2009 | 8:25 pm

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