Yanks monitoring wind patterns at Stadium
Studies will continue, but no changes are planned
The Yankees will continue to study wind patterns and how they might affect home runs at Yankee Stadium, but COO Lonn Trost said on Tuesday that they're not planning any changes.After 47 homers were hit in the first two homestands at the new ballpark, Trost told the Associated Press that the club will continue to monitor different aspects of wind and weather patterns. "There were wind studies performed before. There'll be wind studies performed as we go forward, and we're just looking like you are to see whether or not it's the weather, the wind, what happens when the old building goes down," Trost said after a news conference to announce memorabilia sales from the old ballpark. The 47 homers is four short of the record for the most hit in a ballpark's first 13 games, and 32 of them have gone to right field. The most ever hit in the first 13 games at the old Yankee Stadium was 36, in 2007. If winds are a factor, Trost said, the ones that have been in play lately are not expected to be the prevailing conditions going forward. "Based upon wind analysis and wind studies, the winds we were having were the least likely winds to occur," he said. "We'll always look, and we'll always analyze. And right now I don't know if I can do anything about wind." Trost also mentioned that ideas are being discussed about changes for 2010 to the first row behind the outfield fences, where fan interference has led to two umpire video reviews.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.