Got a great e-mail
today from Rick Newkirk. Rick read the article on the Reds official site about the new truck in the outfield
, and Rick, thinking like the journalist he is, asked a simple question. Is it possible to hit that truck? So, Rick e-mailed Greg Rybarczyk at HitTrackerOnline.com
and asked a simple question -- is it possible for someone to hit the truck and let a fan win a truck? Rybarczyk, who has an engineering degree and spent time in the Navy as nuclear engineer and ship's navigator, studies how far balls really travel. His answer? The truck "might as well be on the moon."
Here's more of his answer:
OK, this was quicker than I expected. Bottom line, don't hold your breath. I marked it at 502 feet horizontally and 65 feet above field level.
On a calm, 70 degree day, a player would have to hit the ball at 134.5 mph off the bat, which is beyond the realm of possibility using MLB baseballs and MLB bats.
With a 15 mph tail wind and a 90 degree day, a hit of 122.7 mph would reach the truck. That is in fact possible by someone like Alex Rodriguez, or maybe Wily Mo Pena, but I doubt a lefty could hit one that hard in that direction. Also, at 500 horizontal feet from home plate, that's quite a lucky shot to go in just the right direction. And by the way, last year one homer run was hit at GABP in wind of 15 mph or greater. It just doesn't get that windy at game time there...
The Reds need to gamble a little and put the truck where it can be reached (check where the Royals have a truck in LCF). So what if someone hits it, it's not that expensive, and will draw lots of interest. As it is, no one's going to think twice about it, it might as well be on the moon...