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Looong Ball
Ben Reiter
April 22, 2013
Once upon a time, Seattle was home run heaven: In each of its last three years as the Mariners' home, the Kingdome ranked first or second among 30 big league parks in yielding homers. But since opening in 1999, Safeco Field has ranked in the top half in homer-friendliness just once: 2004, when it was 14th. Here's how Safeco stacked up in its last five seasons before this year's wall-shortening (above).
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April 22, 2013

Looong Ball

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Year Home Runs Avg. Ballpark Safeco Rank
2012 116 164 27th
2011 134 152 19th
2010 104 154 30th
2009 156 168 20th
2008 135 162 25th

Once upon a time, Seattle was home run heaven: In each of its last three years as the Mariners' home, the Kingdome ranked first or second among 30 big league parks in yielding homers. But since opening in 1999, Safeco Field has ranked in the top half in homer-friendliness just once: 2004, when it was 14th. Here's how Safeco stacked up in its last five seasons before this year's wall-shortening (above).

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LEFT 341'

337'

LEFT CENTER 390'

378'

1999--2012

2013 Fence

CENTER 405'

401'

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