Why Rangers’ Chris Woodward is wrong about Yankee Stadium ‘little-league ballpark’ label

Chris Woodward thinks Yankee Stadium is a real mother.

The Rangers were at the receiving end of a Gleyber Torres walk-off home run on Sunday afternoon, taking the Mother’s Day matinee 2-1 against the Rangers.

The home run might not have been the most majestic blast, but it got out of the park — as it would a lot of other places.

Texas manager Chris Woodward added a little salt to their own wounds with some post-game comments, labeling Yankee Stadium a “little-league ballpark” for Torres’ game-winner:

“Just a small ballpark, that’s an easy out in 99 percent of ballparks,” Woodward said postgame. “The wind wasn’t helping today, obviously. … Just happened to hit it in a little-league ballpark to right field.”

It’s easy to point at Yankee Stadium’s right field porch and blame it for the home run, but the truth is a little bit more complex than that. Torres’ home run, in fact, wouldn’t have been an out in “99 percent of ballparks” like Woodward said.

Metrics show that Torres’ blast, which measured at 369 feet and 106.5 mph off the bat, would have been a home run in 26 of 30 major-league parks:

To make matters more interesting, in the second game of the Mom’s Day doubleheader, Gleyber Torres mashed a deep fly ball to right center field for a fly out. That would have been gone in 24 out of 30 major-league parks:

Later in the game, Eli White would hit a home run that would qualify as a true porch job, just eking over the wall, cutting into the Yankee lead: 

Following the Rangers’ 4-2 win over the Yankees in Game 2 of the doubleheader, Aaron Boone was asked if he had anything to say about Woodward’s comments.

“His math’s wrong, 99 percent is impossible. There’s only 30 parks,” Boone said.

As it turns out, both teams can hit home runs to the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium, as evidenced by both games. Maybe Woodward sees the fairness in it now.

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