Baseball is unique in many ways. In no way is this more apparent than in the stadiums in which teams conduct their business. Unlike other professional sports, every baseball field features different playable dimensions which match no other. Foul territory, location of bullpens, height and distance of fences are all unique, and in some cases radically different across major league baseball. Only the dimensions of the base paths, the size of the infield, the shape and height of the mound and its distance to home plate remain constant. But it’s not just what’s on or in the field of play that makes these parks interesting – it’s also what can be found around them. Here are ten unique features to have existed in and around ballparks over the years.
10 Tal’s Hill at Minute Maid Park
9 The Hill at Crosley Field
8 McCovey Cove
7 Swimming Pool at Chase Field
6 Death Valley at Old Yankee Stadium
5 The Metrodome Roof
4 The Humidor at Coors Field
3 The Outfield Overhangs at Target Field and Citi Field
2 Ivy at Wrigley Field
1 The Green Monster and Outfield Walls at Fenway Park
Like the ivy at Wrigley, the wall at Fenway is a traditional beloved feature. It’s also a convoluted mess which would be ridiculed if built today. Ranging from the unusually short right field corner to the immense green wall in left there’s just nothing normal about this outfield. We’ve all seen balls ricochet off the 37-foot wall in left field, but more amusing are those balls bouncing around the Triangle in center field – a triangular shaped area of the field where right and center field collide. It's 390 feet to dead center and 420 to the Triangle in right center and any ball hit to the wall can be an adventure in Fenway. More innocuous is the distance to Pesky’s Pole in right. Major league rules stipulate that the minimum distance to any outfield wall be 325 feet. Of course, any park built before this rule is grandfathered in. Pesky’s Pole is a mere 302 feet from home plate, but the unique and drastic curvature of the wall away from the corner limits home runs to right.
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