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Thursday, December 23, 2021

Where are the splash hits for every MLB ballpark?

But unfortunately, there are only a few MLB parks where a true splash hit is realistic. Oracle Park in San Francisco is, of course, the standard, the shining example of a tater taking a dip. There have also been a handful of kerplops from PNC Park in Pittsburgh into the Allegheny River beyond the bleachers in right field. And yes, Chase Field in Arizona has a pool, Tropicana Field in Tampa has a sting ray tank, and Kauffman in Kansas City has fountains, but those are man-made, tacky, forced.

We’re here today to ask the true, brave question: What is the closest splash hit for all 30 MLB parks? How far does a slugger need to drive one out of Fenway to hit water? What distance does a baseball need to travel beyond the friendly confines of Wrigley to reach Lake Michigan? Are there bodies of water anywhere near Dodger Stadium?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 23, 2021 at 10:22 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: December 24, 2021 at 08:31 AM (#6058573)
I figured that a splash hit would've been difficult at the Field of Dreams (because, you know, Iowa), but there's actually a creek that runs along the ballpark; a fair ball hit ~700 feet would reach it. (The Mississippi is also about 15 miles away.)
   2. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: December 24, 2021 at 09:35 PM (#6058616)
I think there are three ways to do this article:

1. Like they did
2. Where a splash homer in SF would land at other parks
3. What’s the equivalent “special” home run at other parks,

I think number three is the most interesting to me. Like at Fenway it’s any ball that clears the monster sears. This was particularly true pre-seating out there. “Over everything” would always get people pumped up. That’s where the real sluggers hit ‘em.
   3. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: December 25, 2021 at 06:26 PM (#6058650)
Obviously the toughest splash hit would be at Tropicana. How much velocity would it take for a baseball to power its way through a fixed dome?
   4. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: December 25, 2021 at 06:59 PM (#6058651)
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: December 26, 2021 at 12:51 PM (#6058672)
I like this goofy article. What about defunct parks? It seems like Braves Field in Boston was "only" 800 feet to right to the river.
   6. CFBF is Obsessed with Art Deco Posted: December 26, 2021 at 01:04 PM (#6058673)
Hey, the fountains in Kansas City aren't tacky.
   7. John DiFool2 Posted: December 26, 2021 at 08:23 PM (#6058708)
Looks like the Harlem River was 700 feet past left field from home plate in the Polo Grounds.

San Francisco Bay about 1000 feet to center and right in Candlestick.

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