Dirk Hayhurst of the Lake Elsinore Storm demonstrates the importance of park effects in Lancaster, California.
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007,
by JC and is filed under "General ".
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As I live just down the freeway from Lancaster, I’m fairly certain that the reason it is a hitter’s park has little to do with the wind. Rather, it it is because Lancaster is located just on the southern edge of the Mojave desert, and is incredibly dry, similar to Phoenix or Las Vegas. Gusts of wind are fairly common, but that is an extreme anomaly in the video. Just throwing this out there…
Wind tunnel experience aside, having seen Hayhurst for two spring trainings the kid is one big, goofball. I’m not suprised to see his antics. Now if he continues to lower his ERA he might end up in San Antonio as a reward!?
I’ve done research on temperature/wind and park effects, and I can tell you that the wind factor on home runs (the relationship between gametime wind speed and home runs per fly ball) is significant at Lancaster. And the average gametime wind speed is among the top three in all of minor league/major league baseball.
That said, it’s still a hitter’s park on calm days – just not as extreme.
Ah, ok. Sure doesn’t seem that windy in Lancaster, or the surrounding area, but I’ve lived there my entire life so it’s possible I just don’t perceive it as being very windy. It is, however, very hot.
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