Most keen observers realize that you can’t put much stock in the numbers painted on the outfield walls, as “330” in one park can be radically different in another park. The problem is that there really isn’t much uniformity in terms of how the measurements are made, and I’m willing to be that there’s zero enforcement of the outfield wall distances Major League Baseball claims to require.
Against this backdrop is an interesting interview of Hit Tracker’s Greg Rybarczyk over at Amazin’ Avenue. Rybarczyk — who, like some other brilliant guys, has a piece in this year’s Hardball Times Annual — expands on a point he made in the Annual about how he thinks the Mets’ new park is going to kill home runs. It’s not just speculation based on published distances on his part. He uses satellite images and everything, so it’s like science and stuff.
I hope he’s right, because I kind of like pitchers’ parks. The fact is, however, that one really never knows how a park is going to play until someone plays in the park.
(link via BTF)