Even the left-field bleachers, so often seeming so distant to right-handed hitters, have been plunked by 30 baseballs, almost half the total of 63. At this point last season, only 17 of 37 went to left.
What is going on?...
"It's the melting of the polar icecaps in Antarctica," right fielder Craig Wilson said, keeping a straight face. "It's about overall global warming. When it's colder or there's moisture in the air, the ball doesn't travel as well."
"Well, that and we've got some people capable of hitting the long ball."