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Homers are down in Yankee Stadium

Apr 18, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

One of the reasons you don’t get so hung up on how homer-friendly a ballpark is in its debut year: it might not be so friendly in its next year. That appears to be the case with new Yankee Stadium in the early going. Last year there were 21 homers hit in the first five games at the new yard. This year: 11 in the first five games.

The weather? Maybe. It’s been under 60 degrees at game time for three of those first five games this year and was only 62 for a fourth, so maybe it’s just a matter of the ball not carrying like it will later.  But it may also be a function of pitchers adjusting to the shorter-than-expected porch in right and pitching accordingly.

Just another reason not to make any pronouncements about a park until it’s been played in for a good while.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Apr 18, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Even this year there doesn’t seem to be a lot of data to go through- Matsui can still hit one here, Tex and ARod are slow starters, Jeter seems okay. I don’t know exactly why but I’ll definitely take 8-3 with success on the road that we’ve had so far, and still predict, to your consternation, 1000 runs this year.

  2. Chris - Apr 18, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    The HR pace actually slowed significantly last year as the weather got warmer. Everyone took a 6 week sample size last year and determined the park was Coors East. All hyperbole and simply not true.

  3. 60eagles - Apr 18, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    What a great park the taxpayers have given the Yankees. Than you can’t use your paid for stadium because you can’t afford the ticket price let alone a season ticket on top of a seat license. These people are just pigs. I was a Yankee fan from 1948 till 2009. No more. I’ll just live in the 50’s with my APBA computer baseball game. That’s all that’s left of the Yankees for me.

  4. Floyd - Apr 18, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Awesome. An article warning us not to trust too much in small sample sizes. Evidence: An even smaller sample size.

  5. Tony - Apr 18, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    lol. Floyd nails it.

  6. Spice - Apr 18, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    What the heck are you talking about?

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