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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. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think 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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