The rules and boundaries work the same way for both teams, but that didn’t help Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward’s thoughts after the Yankees won Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader in the Bronx.
They won that game thanks to Gleyber Torres’ home run to right field, which went a projected 369 feet with a launch angle of 28 degrees, leading Statcast to project this as a homer in 26 ballparks:
Apparently, those other 25 must be in Williamsport according to Woodward, who had this to say in the space between games:
“Small ballpark, that’s an easy out in 99 percent of ballparks,” Woodward said. “The wind wasn’t helping today, but he just happened to hit it in a Little League ballpark to right field.”
Never mind that Kole Calhoun’s homer in the sixth inning that tied the game was actually shorter – 355 feet with a 23 degree launch angle – and would’ve been out of 26, too, but hey, maybe Woodward would be singing a different tune if it was him, and not Aaron Boone, that was hired as the Yankees’ manager prior to the 2018 season.
Alas, the YES booth got the last laugh, as when Eli White homered off Jordan Montgomery in Game with a wall-scraper that went 342 feet with a 26 degree launch angle, Cameron Maybin looked it up and found the following:
“That was a homer here and Houston…and maybe a couple Little League parks.”
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