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Calculating The Physics Of The Ballpark

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Calculating The Physics Of The Ballpark

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Calculating The Physics Of The Ballpark

Calculating The Physics Of The Ballpark

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Is the new Yankee Stadium boosting home run totals? The shape of the ballpark and the physics of the wind movement near the stadium may explain some surprising statistics from the first few games. An engineer and physicist discuss why so many balls are flying out of the park.

Guests:

Greg Rybarczyk, reliability engineer, Xerox, creator of Hittracker, Portland, Ore.

Dennis Torok, US business development and project manager, Newmerical Technologies International, Minneapolis, Minn.

Jonah Keri, sports writer for ESPN.com, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Durham, N.H.