Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up."

With the World Series quickly approaching and the Colorado Rockies already locked in representing the National League, I thought it would be interesting to unearth some factoids about Coors Field, since it's such an unusual place to play baseball (what with the thinner air and all).

The following list comes from a whole bunch of different sites:

[A baseball] travels 9 percent farther at 5,280 feet than at sea level. It is estimated that a home run hit 400 feet in sea level Yankee Stadium would travel about 408 feet in Atlanta and as far as 440 feet in the Mile High City. Another important effect of altitude on baseball is the influence thinner air has on pitching. In general, curve balls will be a little less snappy, and fastballs will get about an extra six inches of giddy-up due to the decrease in resistance the thinner air provides. No Rockies pitcher has thrown two complete game shutouts at Coors. Because Coors Field has baseball's largest outfield — it is 350 feet to the right-field foul pole, 347 in left and 415 in center — many balls drop between the infielders and the outfielders, making defensive speed more important than it might be in other ballparks. The Rockies set a record for most consecutive home games scoring at least one run at 361 from 7/5/99 to 9/17/2003. That's over 100 games longer than the previous streak of 258 held by the Boston Braves 1892-1896 10 homeruns have been hit in a game five times, most recently 7/2/2002 vs. the Giants when the Rockies hit 3 and the Giants 7 The 303 homeruns hit there in 1999 is the Major League record (3.7 per game) The longest homerun at Coors is 496 feet by Mike Piazza 9/26/97. Larry Walker is second at 493 on 8/31/97 [In 2006], the Rockies [started] storing their balls in a humidity- and temperature-controlled room near their clubhouses [called a humidor]. Rockies president Keli McGregor said the room keeps the humidity at 40 percent, compared with 10 percent or less humidity often felt in the city. In their first seven Aprils, the Rockies and their opponents combined to score 15.1 runs per game. This April, the average total score at Coors was 9.8 runs. There also have been 1.42 fewer home runs per game at Coors, again the greatest decrease in the majors.