The (Not So) Big Ballpark in the Bronx

Using the amazingly accurate imagery of Google Earth, the authors of Notthegamehave calculate the actual dimensions of several ML ballparks, and they’re not always as advertised.

Yankee Stadium

Posted:
Left Field: 318 Feet
Center Field: 408 Feet
Right Field: 314 Feet

Actual:
Left Field: 308 Feet
Center Field: 404 Feet
Right Field: 308 Feet

Fenway

Posted:
Left Field: 310
Right Field: 302

Actual:
Left Field: 305 Feet
Right Field: 300 Feet

13 comments… add one

  • Kyle July 27, 2007, 11:52 am
  • I thought the distance takes account height.. I didn’t RTFA, so someone should correct me..

    Lar July 27, 2007, 12:42 pm
  • Shouldn’t make too much of a difference. If the wall in left is 10 feet tall (it isn’t), Pythagoras says the distance from home plate itself to the top of the wall is still only 308.16.

    John YF July 27, 2007, 12:58 pm
  • Good point about Pythagoras. For some reason, I was thinking that they add the distance, though even in that case the wall isn’t 10 feet tall.

    Lar July 27, 2007, 1:00 pm
  • I run Not The Game and I took that into account, if you look at my article about Citizens Bank Park, you will see I used geometry and the height only adds a few inches A squared + B squared = C squared
    here is that article
    http://www.notthegame.com/untitled1.html

    Kyle July 27, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • Now we know why Johnny Damon has been crashing into the walls at Fenway and YS.

    attackgerbil July 27, 2007, 1:53 pm
  • Looks like Kenny Lofton is going back to Cleveland. Lofton for minor league catcher Max Ramirez. Hope that’s not the blockbuster of the deadline!

    John - YF (Trisk) July 27, 2007, 2:39 pm
  • he’s going to LOVE playing behind grady sizemore….

    YF July 27, 2007, 3:26 pm
  • I think he will platoon in left…

    John - YF (Trisk) July 27, 2007, 3:54 pm
  • The question really, is whether or not Eric Wedge is a racist.
    …too soon?

    QuoSF July 27, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • I think the margin of error on calculating distances this way is about the same as the differences reported.

    Hudson July 27, 2007, 5:24 pm
  • I don’t trust the accuracy of Google’s system but if it means people get out and do a more precise measurements I’m all for this type of info.

    Nate July 27, 2007, 5:41 pm
  • Interesting because I recall Dan Shaughnessy actually went out to Fenway with a ruler once (or tape measure or what have you) and remeasured it, and found it was five feet shorter down the left-field line than posted. I thought they changed the measurements after that, but maybe they didn’t? Surely it can’t be off by ANOTHER five feet.

    Paul SF July 27, 2007, 7:09 pm

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