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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Batting Around: Pawtucket Red Sox officially looking for new home | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

If the initial plan wasn’t such a clear money grab, maybe Lucchino would have gotten a stadium built at his preferred location.

“We believe the site along the Providence River is exceptional, and it would have been a win-win-win for the state, the city, and the PawSox, and we tried hard to bring it to fruition,” said Lucchino, in a team-released statement. “We have received word that the site still confronts certain obstacles and lacks the necessary support, and we have been urged to consider other possible sites.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, minor leagues, stadium deals

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Physics of Wind at the Remodeled Wrigley Field – The Hardball Times


In summary, the winds within Wrigley are far too fickle to address the question of changes in wind pattern due to the remodel. We can get an estimate of the effect of the left field video board from our knowledge of the aerodynamics of the flight of a baseball making the unrealistic assumption that the new board completely blocks the wind.

The maximum effect is about a 10 foot change in home run distance for winds directed in from or out to left field. It will be less for other wind directions. In addition, the reduced wind will lower the distance variation due to changes in the wind direction. It will be interesting to see if over the next couple of years sabermetricians can detect any remodel effect in their park factors.

So, I apologize to both Henry and Jon. I don’t have a definitive answer. This is the best I can do. After all, I am just a physics professor.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, physics

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Plans for more protective netting already in works in Philly | FOX Sports

Nerf balls and bats. Problem solved!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, phillies

Monday, August 24, 2015

Piece of concrete falls in Comerica Park concourse

I guess it’s time for another taxpayer paid stadium in Detroit. Luckily the city is awash in cash.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, tigers

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Yankee Stadium’s Next-Gen Security Tech Isn’t Making Anyone Safer | VICE Sports

This does not sound like something I want to get involved in. I will stick to the lines to try and hold onto as much of my remaining privacy as I can.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 03:48 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Lawsuit Seeks Better Protection for Fans From Foul Balls and Broken Bats - The New York Times

“Section 211 in the second deck”? If you can’t pay attention enough or can’t move fast enough to get out of the way, either sit further back or don’t go at all.

The lead plaintiff, Gail Payne, is an Oakland A’s fan who feels vulnerable because her seats in Section 211 in the second deck at Coliseum are not protected by netting. A fan beside her was injured by a foul ball, her lawyer said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, safety



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