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    The New "Launching Pad?"

    There have already been 17 home runs hit at the new Yankee Stadium.
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - When it was first built in 1965, the home of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was known as the "Launching Pad" because of the large number of home runs hit there.

    Then along came the expansion Colorado Rockies and at an altitude of one-mile above sea level, home runs flew out of their park at an amazing rate. The team was known as the "Blake Street Bombers" because they hit so many homers and games in Coors Field had some astronomical totals. The team and the league helped bring the statistics back to "reality" by humidifying the balls to reduce flight.

    Other ballparks where the ball sails out of the park at high rates include: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Camden Yards in Baltimore, U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

    But is it possible that the new Yankee Stadium has become the Launching Pad of the 21st century?

    Only three official games have been played in the $1 billion palace, but the balls seem to be flying out of there at an amazing rate. They have played just 26.5 innings and already 17 home runs have been hit (three on Thursday, six on Friday, eight on Saturday). That is a home run every 1.56 innings. Eleven of the 17 home runs have been hit to right field where the ball really seems to be taking off.

    This is in stark contrast to the new Mets ballpark, Citi Field, where there has been just eight homers hit in five games (44.5 innings).

    Extrapolated over an 81-game home schedule, there would be an astonishing 468 homers hit in the new Yankee Stadium this season. As a comparison, the Chicago White Sox led the majors last year with 226 HRs in 82 home games at U.S. Cellular Field (They hit 143 home runs and their pitching staff yielded 83).

    What does all this mean to the fantasy player?

    Unless this is just a three-game statistical anomaly:

    1) You must start every available hitter when his team visits Yankee Stadium and sit your starting pitchers.

    2) You should also consider trying to trade for New York Yankees hitters to take full advantage of the situation, even if on paper you have to give up a little more than you get.

    3) Get rid of most or all New York Yankees pitchers because you can only start them on the road.

    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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