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  1. That park is stupid!

    Comment by John — April 20, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

  2. At least the 3rd of his 3 home runs would not have gone out in most parks. I’m not sure about the other 2, maybe they would’ve still gone out in a normal park. If it’d just been 2, we wouldn’t have had to hear about it so much.

    Comment by Kevin — April 20, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

  3. Get off the internet, you stupid cunt.

    Comment by Candy Jones — April 20, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

  4. Will you all shut up about Yankee Stadium already? It’s become such a common misconception now that every ball hit out to right field is a “Yankee Stadium cheapie” if it doesn’t go 15 rows back. Get over it already.

    Comment by Frank — April 20, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

  5. Saw on twitter one of the baseball people I’m following said that none of those would be homeruns in any other park.

    Of course it’s twitter so I’m not sure believable it is although I wouldn’t be surprised too if it was true.

    Comment by Garry — April 20, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

  6. just check hit tracker…

    Comment by YP — April 20, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

  7. That right field. Thats why Granderson is on my fantasy team. Thats also why I picked him yesterday in Fangraphs: The Game when I realized he was playing against Anthony Swarzak.

    That right field is just silly.

    Comment by Keystone Heavy — April 20, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

  8. Why hit the ball 400′ when 350′ will do? We should be applauding him for conserving energy, rather than encouraging him to waste it.

    Comment by kid — April 20, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

  9. I hope you don’t think I’m trying to say that YS3 RF is totally responsible for his hitting, just that it plays really well to his strengths — he’d be awesome to pull pretty much everywhere that isn’t PETCO, and maybe there too.

    Comment by Jack Moore — April 20, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

  10. most commenters hate the yankees, but this just sounds mopey. all 3 were crushed, give the guy his props.

    Comment by Sleight of Hand Pro — April 20, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

  11. the 2nd one was in the 2nd deck……

    Comment by Sleight of Hand Pro — April 20, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

  12. i thumbs downed this comment for the last part, but even ill admit “get off the internet” is a hilarious response.

    Comment by Sleight of Hand Pro — April 20, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

  13. For whatever it’s worth, HitTracker says his first was a 1-park homer, his second a 21-park homer, and his third a 0-park homer. It also has all three labeled as “plenty.”

    Comment by Nathan — April 20, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  14. its not worth all that much. we already knew the RF in YS3 was very homer friendly.

    the article is simply noting that granderson in particular should benefit even more than the typical RF home run hitter, which he does.

    Comment by Sleight of Hand Pro — April 20, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

  15. But it is

    Comment by adohaj — April 20, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

  16. My introductory clause was intended more along the lines of “here are the HitTracker numbers so we can all stop griping back and forth in the comments about how deserved his home runs are” and less along the lines of “I think this stat makes some grand statement about Granderson as a hitter.”

    Comment by Nathan — April 20, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

  17. And if Christopher Columbus hadn’t landed on Hispaniola in 1492, there would be no baseball. I don’t care if Granderson had been playing at the Polo Grounds. Hitting three homers in a game is an achievement in any park.

    The man hit 20 homers last year in parks not called Yankee Stadium. Granderson’s swing travels well.

    Comment by magdalencollege — April 20, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

  18. And it came off that way to most of us. I for one need to look up Hit Tracker to learn what “plenty” means – I’m surprised a 0-park homer can be labeled “plenty.”

    Comment by Jon — April 20, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

  19. …and now I have. Thanks for referencing it!

    Comment by Jon — April 20, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  20. http://cdn2.mixrmedia.com/wp-uploads/girlybubble/blog/2012/02/tumblr_m036x6jkcu1qffb31o1_400.gif

    Comment by Matt Imbrogno — April 20, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  21. Adding 2011 HRs to the data set, Granderson hit 13 homeruns last year (out of 41 total) that could be considered ‘cheapies’ (HRs in less than 15 of major league parks). 10 of the 13 were at Yankee Stadium.

    So, even discounting his 2011 for playing at Yankee Stadium, he would likely have hit 33+ if he played anywhere except for a pitcher-friendly park.

    Comment by sirvlciv — April 20, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

  22. Only 4 of his HRs last year were HRs in 0 or 1 parks under normal conditions.

    Comment by sirvlciv — April 20, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

  23. I thumbs up’ed this because of the last part.

    Comment by SullyFromNewton — April 21, 2012 @ 12:40 am

  24. Fangraphs, once a place for intelligent fans, now a place for fan boys.

    Comment by Rob — April 21, 2012 @ 2:13 am

  25. And a lot of whiny trolls…

    Comment by V — April 21, 2012 @ 9:44 am

  26. Well… Considering the importance of exploration at the time, the fact that various other sailors, such as Vasco De Gama stumbled upon different parts of the Americas soon afterwords attempting to get to Africa, and the fact that various other European groups, such as Basque fishermen and obviously Lief Erickson could have very well already found the Americas (and also the fact that most of the games leading to baseball were created in the UK), I think that Columbus probably was not a very decisive factor in the creation of Baseball.

    Comment by Jack — April 21, 2012 @ 10:47 am

  27. Boo hoo ?my cool club isnt exclusive anymore and now my life feels less special” get over it. Waah black people can play my golf course now waaaaaaaahhhhhh”

    Grandersons hr are mostly line drives he doesnt have tremendous lift so these hrs would be triples in every other park. He isnt hitting jeter type longflyballs to right where the OF camps under it it carries into the stands. Granderson hits lasers that would almost all be xbh anywhere. If he played in det last year it woild probably be 9 less hr 6 mor 3b and 2 more 2b with one extra out.

    Since the mechanical change (now over a season and a half mind you) granderson has been truly phenomenal.

    Comment by bpdelia — April 21, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

  28. It actually violates MLB rules (325 to the fence along the foul line).

    Comment by monkey business — April 21, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

  29. The Polo Grounds were heaven for pull hitters of any stripe — 257 to left, 277 to right, 475 to center. Ludicrous dimensions. Nobody in the history of the park ever had a homer to dead center (other than inside the park jobs), but pulling a home run there was like breathing.

    Comment by JimNYC — April 22, 2012 @ 1:28 am

  30. Well then so does the RF in Fenway and LF in Houston.

    The dimensions were grandfathered in from the old stadium.

    Comment by S — April 22, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

  31. You know that in baseball, hitting the ball just a little short of being a home run does not grant you a triple, right?

    Comment by Mojowo11 — April 22, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

  32. Is there a stat that factors HR distance into a FIP type of stat? I know you might use park factors to adjust things, but that’s kind of generalizing. Whatever value you give HR, maybe you should multiply that number by another value like .65 (or whatever you come up with) for how far the HR is hit. multiply it by 1 for a no doubter and a lower number for shorter “luck” HR or HR aided by wind.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — April 23, 2012 @ 5:06 am

  33. That is correct for two of the three. The second one he hit is gone in most parks.

    Comment by Feeding the Abscess — April 23, 2012 @ 10:03 am

  34. Do teams shift on Granderson like they do on say Ortiz.

    Comment by uh — April 23, 2012 @ 10:08 am

  35. Granderson’s homers overlaid on Fenway Park (one of the most extreme right fields in MLB). He loses three of his six there.

    http://www.hittrackeronline.com/overlay/overlay_1335193581_155828497.jpg

    Overlay PETCO Park: (three of six stay in)
    http://www.hittrackeronline.com/overlay/overlay_1335193653_570443912.jpg

    Overlay Kauffman Stadium (four of six stay in)
    http://www.hittrackeronline.com/overlay/overlay_1335193718_249327080.jpg

    Also, “PL” with zero parks is because it had a lot of wind help. Wouldn’t have made it out of any park in 70 degrees, no wind conditions…

    Comment by Greg Rybarczyk — April 23, 2012 @ 11:10 am

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