Debating whether the new Yankee Stadium is a “bandbox” or “playing too small” or “Coors Field East” seems to be a pereptually hot topic, but to those who are breathlessly discussing whether the Yankees now play in a launching pad, my question is this:
Two months is way too soon to be labeling anything, in my opinion, but even if there was some Pythagorean theorem that could prove, once and for all, that the new Stadium is a hitter’s paradise and always will be, what’s so wrong with that?
The New York Yankees play baseball. Home runs are a part of baseball. What’s the problem with home runs being hit during New York Yankees home games?
One of the Yankees’ goals with the new stadium was to give it a historical feel and incorporate numerous elements of the franchise’s past. To me, they (mostly) did a good job in that regard – the pictures, the frieze, the museum, etc. They also kept the field dimensions the same, which is a nice nod to continuity.
So does a plethora of home runs change that? Some people seem to believe that lots of homers and high scores somehow cheapens the new stadium or makes it lesser, and I can’t really understand why. Are home runs somehow a bad thing? Did a ball that flies into the seats not actually travel a great distance to get there? No one is hitting homers at Citi Field, so does that make it a better park than Yankee Stadium?
It’s still too early to say for sure how this park will play – I’d say give it a full season, at least, before you draw any real conclusions. But even if it does turn out to be a hitter’s haven, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just the way it is.