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Baseball - Inside the park home runs?

Asked by WestRiverrat (20000points) June 22nd, 2010

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It is easiest to hit an inside the park home run in which current MLB park? Why do you think so?

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Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

Hard to say since the inside-the-parker relies on so many different things coming together at one time. For instance, Prince Fielder has two i-t-p-h-r and he is no speed demon. So for him a big wide ally isn’t as important as the fact that he might be able to reach a low hanging speaker with a fly ball that changes the direction of the ball and it falls far away from where the fielder expected it to fall.

Good question!

mass_pike4's avatar

I would say fenway park because players can rope the ball down the right field line and the ball can take tricky bounces and get around the right fielder. Also, straight away center there is an area that shaped like a deep triangle from the way the bleacher section and bullpen are put together. The ball can sometimes get trapped in there.

boffin's avatar

Years ago I remember the L.A. Dodgers played in the L.A. Coliseum. This while Chavez Ravine a.k.a. Dodger Stadium was being built….Not a Baseball stadium by any means.
Wally Moon hit a bunch of inside the park home runs there. Short right park and a long left field. The circumstances made it ideal… Plus the guy was fast ‘round the bases…

birdland33's avatar

I would have to second the Fenway Park vote. The triangle is a long way from home and the way balls can bound around in right field makes it difficult to play.

There is a fine line between an ITPH and a double and a two base error.

Battousai87's avatar

I can’t find an exact number per ballpark. But Braves Field (of the Boston Braves back in 1915) was the largest baseball field of all times, field-wise that is. It was 400ft to the corners and about 500 to center field. you can imagine how far a ball could roll in that stadium. It’s just a guess, based on the number of times that a field is mentioned in relation to in the park home runs. Also this was from further back in the early years of baseball when the ball didn’t bounce around as much. so it would be more likely to dud, and not play off a wall like modern ball. just a guess. i’ll see if i can find out more, if i do, then i’ll repost.

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