Yankees: New study details impact of long ball at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: The grounds crew prepares the field during Opening Day at Yankee Stadium on April 3, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: The grounds crew prepares the field during Opening Day at Yankee Stadium on April 3, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Yankee Stadium is a bandbox; we get it. However, you may be surprised to learn that the home of the Yankees doesn’t top the list for most dingers over the past five seasons.

Built in 2009, the new Yankee Stadium is widely known as a launching pad for home runs, only made more apparent by the Yankees current collection of power hitters.

If you needed any more proof as to why it’s a good idea to bring a glove to a game, should you be sitting in the bleachers at the ‘House that Jeter Built,’ Wednesday’s matinee in the Bronx featured the home run theatrics of Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.

The first time this season that the trio has each homered in the same contest, Judge, the biggest of the bunch reminded Coley Harvey of ESPN, they don’t call them the Bombers for nothing.

"“That’s what we’re here to do,” Stanton said, flashing a grin. “Hopefully, there’s more like it.”"

Interestingly enough, the good folks over at Fanatics recently compiled data that identifies the players, teams, and stadiums that have been a part of the most home runs over the past five full seasons.

Starting with the most significant number of them all, total moon shots, the American League East featured three of the top five teams to lead the way.

  1. Baltimore Orioles: 1,125
  2. Toronto Blue Jays: 1,037
  3. Houston Astros: 977
  4. Seattle Mariners: 945
  5. New York Yankees: 927

You’ll quickly sense a theme when you take a look at Homes of the Homer. Once again, the Orioles, Yankees and Blue Jays rank atop the top five home run habitats.

  1. Camden Yards
  2. Yankee Stadium
  3. Rogers Centre
  4. Great American Ballpark (home of the Cincinnati Reds)
  5. Coors Field (home of the Rockies; are you surprised it’s not higher?)

As for the hitters that crushed the most dingers at a specific ballpark, Chris Davis of the Orioles leads the way by a country mile with 204 while at Camden Yards, over the silent superstar, Mike Trout and his 172 at Angel Stadium.

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Crash Davis’ 204 bombs are an impressive 70 more than the top National League leader, Joey Votto (134), at Great American Ballpark.

You won’t find a (former) member of the Yankees until Brian McCann (remember him) way down, tied for No. 14 (94 home runs) with Ryan Howard, who used to blast off for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Then there’s the team that hit the most dingers in an opposing ballpark. I’ll give you one guess as to which side hit the most out of Yankee Stadium over the past five full seasons?

If you said, the O’s you be correct — 138 times to be exact, which is the same amount they’ve slugged north of the border at Rogers Centre. The Yankees, for all their long ball prowess, do not lead the way at any ballpark aside from their own.

However, when it comes to the home team with the most home runs over the past five seasons, the Yanks’ 528 round-trippers is good enough to tie them for third with the Jays. Only the Orioles at 616 and Rockies at 534 are more celebrated.

And lastly, during the 2017 Postseason, which saw a total 104 home runs hit by the clubs vying for the World Series title — the Yankees were involved in 13 games where 27 long balls were watched sail deep into the night.

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Naturally, the bulk of these stats came long before the likes of Stanton, Judge and Sanchez ever wore pinstripes. Perhaps we should ask Fanatics to revisit their data this time next year. I guarantee the leaderboards look a bit different.