Plotting the Rays' homers at the Trop
Tropicana Field may not be the most home-run friendly ballpark in the majors, but it’s certainly one of the more unique. Where else can you clank a ball off a catwalk, have it bounce down to the centerfield turf and it count as a homer? That’s what happened to centerfielder B.J. Upton on May 21, hitting it off the c-ring in centerfield and getting awarded the home run after a five-minute instant replay delay. “I know the rules in here,” Upton quipped.
While the power alleys are pretty deep — 410 feet in left-center and 404 in right-center — the distances down the lines are some of the shortest in the majors (315 feet in left field, and 322 in rightfield). Don’t forget the shortened-wall by the leftfield foul pole, now legendary — and named 162 Landing — after Evan Longoria’s walk-off blast to propel the Rays to the postseason last year.
There are 1.84 homers per game at the Trop this season, according to ESPN Home Run Tracker, which is sixth lowest in the American League (Yankee Stadium is the highest with 2.85, and Coors Field the most in the majors at 3.00). First baseman Carlos Pena has the most, nine, including the longest, 456 foot homer on May 22.
View the home runs here (PDF)