Home Run Distances
This is not a shot at the Cardinals, because it seems to happen everywhere.
But does anybody get the feeling that when they announce a home run’s distance, visiting players are always docked about 10 percent? Reggie Sanders’ shot in the first inning tonight landed in about the third row behind the visitors bullpen. It was a monster homer, and the 445-foot destimated distance was likely accurate.
Chris Burke’s homer in the seventh, however, looked to MY eye to be even more massive. It banged off the facade in left field, just below the lower deck and just to the left of the Big Mac Land sign. That’s a rocket shot, my friends. And the estimated distance? Four hundred twelve feet. C’mon. Something tells me that if the names on those homers had been reversed, so would have been the estimated distances.
Again, this isn’t a Cardinals thing. You see it everywhere. I’ve seen it in the reverse direction at other parks. And besides, I may really just be imagining it, and there may be a chart that shows that those two HRs were exactly what they were announced to be.
But it makes me suspicious.