The answer? Not nearly as well, at least from a power perspective.
This isn’t shocking information, given that Yankee Stadium obviously caters to power, particularly to right field, while Citi Field is more pitcher-friendly, but the Wall Street Journal crunched the actual numbers.
With the help of HitTrackerOnline’s Greg Rybarczyk and the ESPN Stats and Information Group, they looked at every home run hit at the new Yankee Stadium by seven prominent members of the Yankees’ regular lineup, including Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada.
They found that of the 242 homers hit by the seven players at Yankee Stadium since its debut in 2009, only 120 (49.6%) would have cleared the fence at Citi Field, assuming average weather conditions. The player affected the most? Derek Jeter. Just four of his 20 homers would have left Citi Field. And none to the opposite field.
As for Alex Rodriguez, he would have lost 41 percent of his home runs if he played his home games at Citi Field. We saw this first-hand last night, as Rodriguez hit a mammoth shot to left-center field in the ninth inning that would have been a home run at just about any other ballpark. But thanks to the “Great Wall of Flushing,” he had to settle for an RBI double.
There has been some clamoring for the Mets to move the fences in, but I’m not entirely convinced that minor alterations would make that much of a difference. Rybarczyk said as much in a study he did last month. If cutting the left field fence in half would help some of the hitters psychologically (I’m talking to you, Jason Bay), I suppose I could see some advantage to that. However, I actually enjoy the fact that Citi Field and Yankee Stadium are so vastly different.
Last November, the U.S. Department of Justice sued AT&T, accusing its subsidiary, DirecTV, of being the ringleader in a plot in which it conspired with Cox Communications, Charter Communications and AT&T cable (then a separate company), to refuse to carry SportsNet LA, the Dodger-owned TV channel in violation of antitrust laws.
Now that lawsuit is over. The DOJ settled with AT&T last night.
The bad news: no part of the settlement obligates DirecTV or any of the other alleged co-conspirators to carry Dodgers games or to even negotiate to that end. There is likewise no fine or truly substantive penalty. It’s basically a “do not do this again!” agreement with some antitrust training requirements for executives and some orders to monitor their communications about these things.
“We are pleased to have resolved this matter to the satisfaction of all parties,” an AT&T spokesman said yesterday, likely in the tone of a guy who is pretty happy to have had a major antitrust suit against him settled so quickly.
When the suit was filed, I anticipated a settlement, as most antitrust suits brought by the DOJ are settled. Such a settlement could’ve featured a cash penalty or, more significantly, a brokered agreement between the parties in question in lieu of a cash settlement that could’ve led to Dodgers games being carried on more channels. After all, more competition is the end game of the Antirust Division.
As it is, however, it’s hard to see this as anything other than a surrender by the DOJ and a victory for the those carriers who coordinated their efforts to not carry the Dodgers.
An open question, unanswered in anyone’s statements yesterday, is whether this settlement is 100% about the merits of the case — keeping in mind that the DOJ tends not to file antitrust suits unless they think they can win, instead preferring to negotiate first — or whether it represents a new set of laxer priorities when it comes to antitrust enforcement from the Trump Administration and AG Jeff Sessions.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.