Above, is Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros.  Below, is Dodger Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers (obviously). It’s a little complicated to understand at first, but let me help. The blue dots represent home runs hit during the 2010 season and the orange are fly balls. Simple right? Not so simple, actually — There’s a catch.

The dots at Minute Maid Park (top) are the homers and fly outs from Dodger Stadium (by every batter) and the Dodger Stadium visual displays the homers and fly outs hit at Minute Maid Park.

This is used to display how crazy the different dimensions are and putting in to perspective what kind of numbers you’d see if the Dodgers played at Minute Maid and the Astros played in LA.  This also shows just how awkward the Minute Maid dimensions are, as it’s more of a “squeezed” version of Dodger Stadium.

Anyway, enjoy!

Dave is a contributor for Getting Blanked. You can find him at his other sites Beyond the Box Score & Penn League Report as well as his Twitter Account.

Data in this post courtesy of Katron.org

Comments (8)

  1. Sus graphicos no son visibles. Porque.

  2. No doubt Minute Maid Park is a bandbox, but the vertical dimensions certainly would make a difference as well. I’m sure that a lot of the Dodgers’ orange dots that are shown as being over the LF fence in Houston (and probably some of the blue ones, too) would have hit the higher wall they have out there and fallen into play rather than going out.

    Also, what’s with that lonely blue dot sitting in the middle of left field in the Minute Maid picture? Inside-the-park homer maybe?

  3. I agree. It’s interesting and a bit inconculsive but barely. As for the lonely blue dot, it would have to be an inside-the-parker, I guess. Funny, eh?

  4. I was hoping maybe it was one of those crazy homers like the one that bounced off Jose Canseco’s head or the one that Alex Rios fumbled and accidentally tossed over the wall at Fenway, but yeah, that seems like the more likely explanation. Especially if Manny was out there at the time.

  5. For balls that hit the wall and bounce back:

    Do they plot the distance of the ball as where it hit the wall? Or where it would have landed if the wall wasn’t there?

  6. I’d like to see the rest of the parks. My “home” park (in a fantasy keeper computer-sim league) is AT&T, so I’d especially like to see San Fran’s numbers.

  7. @Matt_CC

    Good question.

    If the ball hits any wall in play before bouncing, the dot is marker there, but if it bounces and then hits the wall, its where it ends up. Also, if it’s a line drive that bounces and ends up wherever, it’s where the ball stops.

  8. @ Dave

    Interesting. On reflection, I think that is probably the approach that gives the most information for most parks.

    However, when I think of Fenway, I think I would rather know where the ball would have landed.

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