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  • Parks with dirt path from home to the mound.

    Comerica Park and the one in Houston, I believe, are the only parks in MLB now which have dirt paths from home to the mound.

    I recall that other parks once had that feature. I think that the old Yankee Stadium (1950s vintage) might be one. Any others?

    What say ye?
    Still patiently waiting @ at Sullivan & McKeever (once THE corner in MLB) for the Brooks to return from their extended road trip.

  • #2
    I thought they all had them at one time. Until the last 20 years or so, I believe Wrigley Field in LA was the last field to have that feature.

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    • #3
      Chase Field in Arizona has the path.
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      • #4
        What was the point of that path? Just something unique on the field to look at?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mayor79 View Post
          What was the point of that path? Just something unique on the field to look at?
          I thought it was to have players stay off the infield grass.
          The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by chip View Post
            Chase Field in Arizona has the path.

            So does Comerica Park
            It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

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            • #7
              Other dirt features that have disappeared for the most part:

              Fungo circles and dirt coaches boxes.

              Does Fenway still have dirt fungo circles and coaches boxes? Anyone else?

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              • #8
                <JJ Putz>
                Do you think they call that bat a "Fungo" because it's fun? I mean: Fun...go?
                </JJ Putz>
                It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

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                • #9
                  Minute Maid Park in Houston does not have the dirt path between the mound and home plate.

                  I always assumed that they developed organically, like the paths from dugout to home plate. In the days when playing surfaces were much more like pastures than today's sophisticated surfaces, in these areas the grass received the most wear, so ballclubs went ahead and made a standard path to improve the overall appearance of the diamonds.

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                  • #10
                    Citifield too since the Wilponzi's found out dirt was cheaper than the grass...

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                    • #11
                      Bank one or chase or whatever it's called in AZ has one too. What's the theory? Stop the wear and tear of the catcher and pitching meeting on the mound?
                      The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Kingman 26 View Post
                        Citifield too since the Wilponzi's found out dirt was cheaper than the grass...
                        What do you mean? Citi doesn't have a dirt path.
                        It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Kingman 26 View Post
                          Citifield too since the Wilponzi's found out dirt was cheaper than the grass...
                          that's why most infields had worn plate to mound paths and wide walk paths from dugouts to the plate - maintenance costs. raking clay is cheaper than replanting grass.
                          more recently, on the engineered fields grass doesn't burn out as it used to.
                          the turd in the punchbowl
                          reality really sucks.
                          enjoy the game more...

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