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  • Originally posted by Elvis
    Sounds more and more like a miniature golf course. But wouldn't those hills keep the ball from going further? Here's an idea! How about a field that slopes downhill as it goes out to centerfield with a 100ft sheer cliff at the end!
    Problem with that is; fielders running for the ball might die.
    Now that wouldn't be very good would it.
    Greystones Mariners Baseball Club. The oldest baseball club in Ireland. 16 years and still going strong.

    www.greystonesbaseball.org

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    • Originally posted by RichmondHillPhoenix
      I think that someone could hit a homerun over the 100 foot wall. It's only 200 feet away. What does everyone else think? It seems very possible to me.
      How about a 100 foot wall that is 350 feet plus away?
      Place your quote here for just $5.00

      I hate pink bats...Tigers losses...White Sox...Yanks...and Chevrolet!

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      • I don't know if this was exactly what you were going for but...
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        Greystones Mariners Baseball Club. The oldest baseball club in Ireland. 16 years and still going strong.

        www.greystonesbaseball.org

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        • Overhad view...
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          Greystones Mariners Baseball Club. The oldest baseball club in Ireland. 16 years and still going strong.

          www.greystonesbaseball.org

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          • Looks like a paper airplane

            LOL that's hilarious. Thanks for posting it. This is actually quite fun.
            Place your quote here for just $5.00

            I hate pink bats...Tigers losses...White Sox...Yanks...and Chevrolet!

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            • How'd you make those?
              WAMCO!

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              • It looks like a kite or a sharp diamond to me

                Hey, that looks great! I'm thinking about the 3 rows of Tal's Hills being put on the 400, 450, and 500 marks. Obviously, they'll have to be hills that will make the ball bounce off them somehow, not slow them down.

                Again, it would interesting to see a game played there...
                My Top 4 funniest BBF posts ever:

                1) "plZ dOn;t' pOsT LikE tHIs n e mOr!"

                2) "The teams play 1962 games in 180 days."

                3) "Stadiums don't move silly, people do."

                4) "Once again you quibble, because it is I who speaks."

                5) Almost anything RuthMayBond says...

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                • Originally posted by RichmondHillPhoenix
                  How'd you make those?
                  Google Sketchup. I recomend downloading it. It's loads of fun.
                  Last edited by Padday; 09-28-2006, 11:27 AM.
                  Greystones Mariners Baseball Club. The oldest baseball club in Ireland. 16 years and still going strong.

                  www.greystonesbaseball.org

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                  • Sweet. I will.
                    WAMCO!

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                    • How about this...

                      256ft down the right field line
                      277ft down the left field line
                      433ft to center.

                      The outfield would be basically an elongated half triangle with some bends in the upper corners to bring in the power alley distances.

                      I like your ideas of the hills but maybe something a little more realistic, so a slight slop so that managers in the dugout can't see the bottom half of their outfielders.

                      Wait a second....

                      that was the Polo Grounds before 1923 when the grandstands were extended... oops nevermind.

                      http://andrewclem.com/Baseball/PoloGrounds.html

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                      • Originally posted by Padday
                        Google Sketchup. I recomend downloading it. It's loads of fun.
                        Holy **** !!!!! I just finished downloading it! WOW! Very cool!!! Looks pretty easy to use too!! I maade a house already.

                        Thanks!!!

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                        • lol all I can do on google sketch up is make buildings, lol, how do you make the field?
                          LETS GO YANKEES!

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                          • Got another one...

                            Left Field Foul Pole: 315 feet

                            Left Center Field: 367 feet, 362 feet, 388 feet (in that order going right)

                            Center Field: 457 feet (corner), 436 feet (real center field), 413 feet

                            Right Center Field: 391 feet, 351 feet (in that order going right)

                            Right Field Foul Pole: 340 feet

                            Fences: 23 feet, 8 feet, 12 feet

                            Foul Territory: Average

                            Backstop: 57 feet
                            Last edited by Knick9; 10-11-2006, 09:47 AM.
                            My Top 4 funniest BBF posts ever:

                            1) "plZ dOn;t' pOsT LikE tHIs n e mOr!"

                            2) "The teams play 1962 games in 180 days."

                            3) "Stadiums don't move silly, people do."

                            4) "Once again you quibble, because it is I who speaks."

                            5) Almost anything RuthMayBond says...

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                            • just reminding, hey Elvis, think you would be able to get some drawlings up sometime?
                              LETS GO YANKEES!

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                              • my dream park...is entirly made up of chocolate

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