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The Diamondbacks + a humidor = 38% fewer home runs

Sep 9, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

We heard a couple of weeks ago that the Diamondbacks are looking for ways to cut down on offense in Chase Field. Among their ideas was installing a Coors Field-style humidor.  If they do that, however, they had best be careful because people who know more than I do about such things think doing so could turn the joint into the Astrodome, Part Deux.

The upshot, according to a physics professor you don’t know named Alan Nathan and a hit tracker you probably know named Greg Rybarczyk, is that humidified balls hit in the air would lose 2.5 m.p.h. off the bat, 14 feet in flight and would result in a 38% decrease in home runs. That’s some serious offensive depression.

No word if the Dbacks have looked into simply getting better pitching. 

  1. Mr. Heyward - Sep 9, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Will someone please post something about Manny and/or Nyjer? Please? I’m getting withdrawal symptoms…

  2. imabigdog - Sep 9, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Way to go AZ, when your team sucks the first thing you should do is work on DECREASING the offence even more. If you build the outfield walls to be 60 feet, that might cut down on the offence also.

  3. Loren - Sep 9, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    If the Diamondbacks are reasonably smart and do their homework, they should be able to set the humidor to less than the 50% humidity level used in those calculations and something close to a neutral environment. You could see some year-to-year humidity adjustments to get it right.
    Of course the idea of this team being reasonably smart and doing homework is certainly up for debate.

  4. Jonny5 - Sep 9, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    don’t like it at Coors, don’t like it in AZ. I think changing the game outcome through science is ridiculous when we can’t use instant replay. I say, it is what it is. Hitter friendly, means you need better pitchers. Not a humidor.

  5. BC - Sep 9, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Manny and Nyjer are chipwiches.
    There. Feel better?

  6. Drakos - Sep 9, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    According to Rob Neyer teams aren’t allowed to adjust the humidor. It’s locked to one setting by MLB so that teams can’t change it at will.

  7. Tony A - Sep 9, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Worst part is, it would be more fodder for the see-what-happens-when-they-can’t-take-steroids crowd…

  8. skitchx48 - Sep 10, 2010 at 4:38 AM

    Pft. They should simply have put the steroids in a humidor. They’d be 38% less effective.

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