Yankee Stadium isn't a hitters' haven
Balls flew out of the new park en masse in '09, but there were few doubles and triples
The setupShortly into last season, Buster Olney reported, "A number of rival executives wrote e-mails late Saturday indicating that they'd heard from their own scouts and other sources that new Yankee Stadium plays very, very differently than old Yankee Stadium."
Not so fast. It might sound counterintuitive, but a good home run park isn't necessarily a good hitters' park. To see Rob Neyer's explanation, including evidence of the type of extra-base hits that are suppressed in the new stadium, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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