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Grandstanding
Tom Verducci
July 17, 2000
The best and worst places for sluggers to get their job done
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July 17, 2000

Grandstanding

The best and worst places for sluggers to get their job done

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Easiest Parks to Go Yard in 2000

Stadium, Home Team

Games

HRs

Projected Total

Coors Field, Rockies

37

133

291

Enron Field, Astros

43

145

273

Edison Field, Angels

51

165

262

SkyDome, Blue Jays

40

129

261

Hardest Parks to Go Yard in 2000

Stadium, Home Team

Games

HRs

Projected Total

County Stadium, Brewers

47

90

155

Veterans Stadium, Phillies

45

87

157

Comerica Park, Tigers

37

77

169

Pro Player Stadium, Marlins

48

100

169

Stadiums with Oldest Season Home Run Records

Stadium, Home Team

Year

HRs

2000 Projection

Shea Stadium, Mets

1975

206

198

Fenway Park, Red Sox

1977

219

170

Metrodome, Twins

1986

223

183

Yankee Stadium, Yankees

1986

189

186

SOURCE: ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU

Mets catcher Mike Piazza deals with the same workplace issues that once challenged another Fu-Manchued-bachelor-about-Gotham, Joe Namath. No, it's not the difficulty of finding a good pair of extra-large sheer panty hose that resists runs. It's the wind at Shea Stadium that swirls off Flushing Bay through the open end of the ballpark. "I hit three or four balls last April that I absolutely crushed, and the wind knocked them down," Piazza says. "I wouldn't call [Shea] a good hitter's park."

Built in 1964, Shea is old school: The home run revolution hasn't hit there yet. The most dingers struck in one season at Shea is 206, in 1975, when Del Unser was playing centerfield for the Mets and Joe Willie was quarterbacking the Jets. No other ballpark has a home run record that has held up that long. Indeed, all but three other parks have set their marks within the past four years.

Even losing home runs to the fickle Shea winds, Piazza, with 24, is on his way toward breaking his personal high of 40 and the record for home runs by a catcher, 41. That mark was set by another Shea tenant, Todd Hundley, now with the Dodgers.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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