Part of the fun of MLB is that there are 30 teams: 30 different parks, some with weird dimensions and shapes in the outfield.
Some parks are more difficult to hit home runs, others are, well, “little league stadiums.”
Oddly enough, some stadiums are extremely difficult for hitters to knock the ball out in specific parts of the outfield, but too easy to do it on others.
Having explained this, we will show you a video of one of the weirdest homers of the year.
On Sunday, Adam Frazier of the Seattle Mariners hit one of the easiest home runs of the season in MLB.
“Lazy fly ball at under 88 MPH and at 37° but uh oh its fenway >3,600 balls have been hit farther this year but not been HRs,” Codify Baseball tweeted.
lazy fly ball at under 88 MPH and at 37° but uh oh its fenway
>3,600 balls have been hit farther this year but not been HRs pic.twitter.com/NIhLaaTN1C
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) May 25, 2022
Ideal batted balls leave the bat at more than 95 mph and at an angle between 10 and 30 degrees.
That Ball Would Have Been A Fly Out In Most Parks
A batted ball at 87 mph and 37 degrees should be an easy fly ball in most parks, because the batter didn’t really put the barrel on it.
But Fenway Park is just one of those parks.
Its dimensions are weird: there is the Green Monster in left field, and the Pesky Pole in right field.
In the vast majority of the stadiums, the right fielder would have had some grass left to run and catch the fly ball.
But it’s Fenway, so a home run it is.
The funny thing is that it doesn’t really benefit anyone: it could have been a cheap home run by a Red Sox hitters, and we have seen many of those, too.
It’s like Yankee Stadium’s short porch: it plays for both teams.
It’s just one of the quirks of MLB stadiums.