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Discussion: 320 to 325 ft ball parks

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Oct. 27, 2009
bbullet
15 posts
320 to 325 ft ball parks
Tried to post this before...let's see on this try.

I would hope that for next year tournament officials can tell teams where they are going to play -- especially when some of the parks like Greyhawk have 320- 325 ft fences.

Are they worried that some teams might not attend? If so, then that should be sending a clear message.

We all spend a lot of money to attend and play a full season qualifying. To play on parks of normal distance and then to get stuck on a park like this is not right.

It's not just about hitting home runs - which is a lot of fun -- just read the Vegas posts, -- but a park this big changes the whole outfield play. Especially when the outfield grass was so bumpy.

Also, Greyhawk was not the first location for the 55's and many of our players reserved hotel rooms close to the original post.

You want to "dumb down" the balls limit the home runs and then play in big parks.....wow
Oct. 27, 2009
DaveDowell
Men's 60
1039 posts
The Men's 40-Masters, 55-Major+ and 55-Major were tentatively scheduled (in June) to play at the Vista del Camino facility, but were moved to the Grayhawk Park facility three weeks before the event at the request/demand of the City of Scottsdale ...

VISTA DEL CAMINO
Three (3) field complex
Fences at 325' all around
Located 1.5 miles from the Loop 101 Freeway in Scottsdale

GRAYHAWK PARK
Four (4) field complex
Fences at 325' all around
Located 1.5 miles from the Loop 101 Freeway in Scottsdale

This does not appear to be a major change in my view.
Oct. 27, 2009
bbullet
15 posts
Maybe not in your view - 1.5 miles to the 101 -- but from which side of town? the north and south side?? When you think your near the southside you can book a hotel that is close to the park say to the west or south of the fields - but becomes a greater distance when a change is made to the north side.

If the city DEMANDED it three weeks before the event then I guess there was nothing you could do. But some of our players were locked into at least a one night stay.

Also your only reccomendation for a hotel was Xona resort suites -- did you check their rates? There were other hotels in range.
Oct. 27, 2009
DaveDowell
Men's 60
1039 posts
There was nothing we could do about the facility change ... Which is why all initial field assignments published in June were marked "TENTATIVE" ... But at least the field dimension issues remained unchanged from when you were first informed of the Scottsdale location.
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