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RE: Revisiting the New York/Kansas City "Pipeline"
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nacster wrote:
seajaw wrote:
nacster wrote:

Bill James has said he surmises someone in New York had shown him how to be an extreme pull hitter to take advantage of the short porch in right. He had power before he went to New York yes, but not 61 homer power.

The right field line in Forbes was pretty short (300 feet directly down the line), but the power alley was quite a bit longer then Yankee Stadium, and of course it REALLY got deep pretty fast going to center. Not as extreme as Fenway but pretty big anyways.

(SIDENOTE: If you have ever been to Fenway like me, go and stand by the Pesky Pole and look directly right...how fast the fence fans out on TV is nowhere near as visual as seeing it in person, it almost looks like it goes behind you).

Then again, he would have had to play somewhere other then RF, as no matter how much power he may have, he isn't going to supplant Clemente's defense and arm.


True.

I find it interesting, though, how this works against the narrative of the "Pipeline," that the Maris-to-New-York deal was part of business as usual between the A's and Yankees.


 I know I have read somewhere why the Yankees and A's made so many trades......seems to me it involved the KC owner somehow, like a former shareholder or something........


Well, as I mentioned earlier in the thread, there was supposedly a "cozy" relationship between A's owner Arnold Johnson and the Yankees' Dan Topping and Del Webb.

Amazing what google can do for you.  Evidently, Johnson was a part owner of Yankee Stadium.

I guess there's another book I have to buy:

http://www.jeff-katz.com/#!books/cnec



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I knew Johnson had something to do with the Yankees........without Googling since I am watching the British Open and doing my 1917 season..........just going by memory...............

Funny how sports was back in the day........that would never happen now..............

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