A Good Weekend…

Nobody’s ever happy with a loss, but as we know, "You can’t win ’em all."  Having said that, it was nice to see Elizardo Ramirez hang in there after a 36-pitch first inning. After giving up the two-run homer to Lance Berkman, he kept his team in the game and wound up giving his team a solid six-inning performance (three runs).

Berkman, a great guy by the way, was my guest on the radio after the game.  About Ramirez, he said (after the first inning), "He pretty much shut us down… and he made some good adjustments.  He really didn’t pitch that badly.  We were able to get him with the long ball today."

Regarding the NL Central, he said, "I think it’s an extremely competitive division.  It’s going to come down to how we play against the divisional opponents."  For the record, the Reds are now 12-7 in the Central, St. Louis is 11-7, Houston 6-3, Chicago 9-8, Milwaukee 8-8, Pittsburgh 3-16.  Again, success within the division is critical for a team that wants to stay in contention.  Next up for the Reds: the Cardinals Monday night and Tuesday afternoon.

Gabp By the way, three home runs were hit in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Houston.  Our buddy Mark Wagner, who’s the stat guru/researcher for FSN Ohio, as well as for Thom Brennaman’s FOX network telecasts, gave us an interesting note about Great American Ball Park. 

As you know, we see a lot of home runs at the Reds’ home park, as they have seen in Philadelphia, since the Phillies opened Citizens Bank Park in 2004.  The Phillies took measures this past offseason to make their home a little less homer-friendly.  Mark says the fences are two feet higher around much of the ballpark, and that the fences were moved back five feet or so.  According to Mark, if the Reds made the same changes here in Cincinnati, it would have removed just seven home runs since Great American opened in 2003. The ball just carries so well.

As you can see by this chart, the dimensions themselves are only slightly shorter than the Major League Baseball average.

BALLPARK LF LPA CF RPA RF
Great American Ball Park 328 379 404 370 325
Oriole Park at Camden Yards 333 364 410 373 318
Angel Stadium 330 387 400 370 330
Minute Maid Park 315 362 435 373 326
McAfee Coliseum 330 388 401 390 330
Turner Field 335 380 401 390 330
Miller Park 344 370 400 374 345
New Busch Stadium 336 376 400 376 335
Wrigley Field 355 368 400 368 353
Tropicana Field 315 370 404 370 322
Chase Field 328 376 407 376 336
Dodger Stadium 330 385 395 385 330
AT&T Park 339 382 399 421 309
Jacobs Field 325 370 410 375 325
Safeco Field 331 390 405 387 326
Rogers Centre 328 375 400 375 328
Dolphin Stadium 330 385 434 385 345
Shea Stadium 338 378 410 378 338
RFK Stadium 335 385 410 385 335
Petco Park 334 367 396 387 322
Citizens Bank Park 329 374 401 369 330
PNC Park 325 389 399 375 320
Ameriquest Field 332 390 400 381 325
Fenway Park 310 379 420 380 302
Coors Field 347 390 415 375 320
Kauffman Stadium 330 385 410 385 330
Comerica Park 345 398 420 380 330
HHH Metrodome 343 385 408 367 327
US Cellular Field 330 377 400 372 335
Yankee Stadium 318 399 408 385 314
TOTAL (In feet): 9948 11403 12202 11377 9841
All totals are divided by 30:

Average MLB Field

331.6 380.1 406.7 379.2 328
Great American Ball Park 328 379 404 370 325
(Information gathered from the respective teams’ Web sites and media guides.)

3 Comments

What is the average distance of home runs to each section of the field respectively? Are the balls flying out of the park at a clip that is above each section? Say the average home run distance in the LF area is 338 FT; then you could argue that even if you moved the walls back (if you could) to the league average of 331.6 FT, the balls would stil fly out.

I was wondering if Matt Belisle has been considered as a replacement for Dave Williams in the rotation. It seems like Dan O’Brien’s moves are still giving the Reds problems with the money they are having to spend on Williams and Tony Womack.

Did they ever find the guy that has Dunn’s home run ball that he hit between the stacks?
Did they ever find the ball that the fan caught in Milwaukee that was the fifth home run of the inninng off the Reds?

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