The New York Yankees might have a serious problem on their hands: Beautiful new Yankee Stadium appears to be a veritable wind tunnel that is rocketing balls over the fences.
"With the way the wind has been the last couple of days, right field is a joke," one official said. "I would say at least three or four home runs in this series would be routine outs in nearly every park."
The new Yankee Stadium is just across the street from the old park, but it's not aligned quite the same way as the old Yankee Stadium. In the late-afternoon shadows in the old park, the sun was in the eyes of the left fielder. Now the sun sets into the eyes of the center field and right fielder. Whether or not that's a factor is not known, and it's also possible that the number of home runs hit is directly related to the poor pitching of the likes of Chien-Ming Wang.
But already there have been a number of fly balls that seemed to be routine outs, before almost leaping out of the park. Mark Teixeira lifted a pop to right field off the end of his bat in the first inning Saturday, and players on both teams appeared to be completely surprised when it carried over the wall.
The dimensions of the new Yankee Stadium are the same as the old. The short right-field porch is no more or less inviting. But for whatever reason, balls seem to carry better to right than they did across the street.
A pity that Babe Ruth no longer is with us.
In this park, he might hit 75 home runs.
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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the MLB on FOX broadcasters before Saturday's game that the demolition of the old stadium will allow the wind from the Harlem River to blow directly into the new one, perhaps creating a jet stream to left-center field to match the one in right and right-center.
http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnf ... id=4227335
What does all this mean to the fantasy player?
Unless this is just a three-game statistical anomaly:
1) You must start every available hitter when his team visits Yankee Stadium and sit your starting pitchers.
2) You should also consider trying to trade for New York Yankees hitters to take full advantage of the situation, even if on paper you have to give up a little more than you get.
3) Get rid of most or all New York Yankees pitchers because you can only start them on the road.
Marc Carig: The Star-Ledger:
http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/200 ... rs_to.html
Indians manager Eric Wedge said the hitter-friendly conditions should be "pretty evident to everybody."
New Jersey native Mark DeRosa, the Indians' third baseman, said he didn't get a clear sense of how the park would play after taking his first batting practice on Thursday. Playing in a few games, however, has helped him form a definitive opinion.
"It's pretty obvious," said DeRosa, who has homered to both left and right field during the series. "I told Mark Teixeira when I was on first base, that I'd be surprised if he doesn't hit 40 this year."
Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo said a few of the home runs have looked to be routine fly balls off the bat. That is, until he saw them sail into the seats.
Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher said the most noticeable difference so far has been on balls that travel in high, arcing loops.
Generally, he said those types of balls can be difficult to predict. In the new Yankee Stadium, they've been home runs.
"I do not think baseball of today is any better than it was 30 years ago... I still think Radbourne is the greatest of the pitchers." John Sullivan 1914-Old athletes never change.