ARTICLE OF THE DAY
Harrington Field regulars who walked into
the new Clark-LeClair Stadium last weekend probably felt a little
lost. Not because of the unseasonably cool arctic breeze that
numbed everyone’s extremities, but because so little was transformed
into so much in just nine months.
The new place was
hardly recognizable, not only for the fans but the players as
well. Last season the Pirates were swinging at a short porch in
left with “The Jungle” guarding any wind that dared to blow in.
The combination made Harrington Field a launch pad for the team that
hit a school record 100 home runs last year and for many teams in the
are the new place may be a little bit more of a pitchers park. Out of the nine games played in the Keith
LeClair Classic, only one had a combined score of more than 10
runs. That was ECU’s 10-3 loss to Arizona State on Saturday. The Pirates beat Michigan 2-1 on Friday
and No. 4 North Carolina and Michigan went scoreless for 8 innings on
Sunday before Michigan prevailed 1-0.
The fence still
reads 320 down the lines and 390 to center, but that’s a bit
misleading. Step it off and don’t be surprised if you come up
with 330 down the lines and 400-plus to center.
If you factor in
the cold weather and talented pitchers that were on the mound you could
argue the other way. ECU third baseman Mark Minicozzi disagrees
with the pitchers park theory.
dimensions make it seem like a pitchers park but I feel like this is
still a hitters place. Wherever the wind is blowing out, that’s
where the ball is going to go.”
pitchers will tell you they feel like they have a little more room for
error in the new place.
pitchers park… whatever you believe you can’t argue what an upgrade the
new stadium is. Opposing teams were very impressed with the new
“It’s just a
beautiful place,” said ECU head coach Randy Mazey.
coach (Pat Murphy) mentioned he thinks this is the nicest place in the