ell_13 USA Fan Member since Apr 2013 34651 posts Online
re: TD Ameritrade Park....What's the big deal about the dimensions?(Posted by ell_13 on 6/15/13 at 11:36 pm to Flyin'Cajun)
From a physics guy, adding just 10 feet to the alley's adds a lot of space from the outfield to cover. From a HR perspective, 10 feet + where the stadium is (in a small valley) + the wind blowing in most of the time = few HRs.
actually the deminsions have nothing to do with the complaining. Yes its big but here are two reasons TD Ameritrade seems like a bigger stadium than the blatt. (which it is not)
1. the bats make every stadium seem bigger than it really is. This is the dead bat era. 2. the direction of the stadium has changed. I've only been to the stadium once but I believe the wind blows mostly in from right or right to left. In the Blatt if the wind blew mostly in that direction that means it would be blowing out towards left at the blatt
so 1 the ball doesn't fly off the bat like it use to and 2 the wind knocks down most of the balls in this park.
translate this park seems to big, when it is the same dimensions of the blatt. If you remember correctly a Texas team who had not been a home run team all year hit solo shot after solo shot.
Fabius LSU Fan Baton Rouge Member since Sep 2007 409 posts
re: TD Ameritrade Park....What's the big deal about the dimensions?(Posted by Fabius on 6/16/13 at 7:59 am to catholictigerfan)
Heard an interview with an Omaha sports writer about the new park. The architects who designed it wanted the fans to have a view of the Omaha skyline, so they reversed the direction of the field. That aligns it so that the prevailing win in the summer blows in from left and center field.
Rosenblatt pointed the opposite direction, so the prevailing wind blew out towards left and center. Apparently, the wind blows a lot in Nebraska in the summer, so it makes the new stadium play much bigger.