Archive for April, 2006

RFK – Home Runs and the Capital Punisher

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

I’m old enough to remember the Washington Senators.

Version 2.0 that is… in fact my first little league team was named the “Senators.” I also remember black and white TV and non-divisional play, but I digress.

One year into the Washington Nationals life the giant playing area of RFK Stadium still claims its victims as the Reds completed their first 2 games there without a home run, catcher David Ross finally broke that streak in the 3rdwith an upper deck blast off Ramon Ortiz (the former RH batting tee for the 2005 Reds.)

Last season RFK logged a HR Factor of 76 for Right-handers and 99 for Left-handers, overall the park clocked in at a low 87, essentially 87% less runs are scored at RFK than at the average park in the National League. This red flag was first uttered aloud by Jose Guillen last June when he suggested the fences be moved in.

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Have the Reds ever had pitching? 1927-1937

Monday, April 24th, 2006

The Reds rich pitching era changed after the 1926 season, this decline was accented by the Reds moving Home Plate. The Reds hoped to enrich their scoring numbers by moving the dish up 20 feet and this move immediately shortened the distances down the lines considerably. After accumulating only 45 home runs from the home team (and 35 from opponents) from 1920-1926, anything would help thought the Reds, this of course was fueled by the recent taste of possible victory in 1926 as well as the hitting era seen around both leagues.

Following that almost succesful season the Reds organization claimed a financial loss in the neighborhood of $3000, the movement of the plate was also the opportunity for the Reds to insert new field level box seats and thus try to recoup more money at the park, from premium paying customers wanting close view of the action. In the meanwhile the clubs ownership dickered with the city on some land that the Reds salivated over in hope of building a 50,000 seat stadium. The city offered the club the land for $500,000 and in the fits of laughter Herrman and the club went ahead with their plans for the box seasts and began looking at land elsewhere. (more…)