The Doug's no 'bandbox,' but new field dimensions among ACC's shortest

New plate placement, change to flat-seamed baseball in 2015 could put some pop back in the game

The leveling and resodding of the  baseball field at Clemson's Doug Kingsmore Stadium has been completed

Photo by Mark Crammer

The leveling and resodding of the baseball field at Clemson's Doug Kingsmore Stadium has been completed

With the wind blowing in off Lake Hartwell more days than not, it's doubtful that Doug Kingsmore Stadium will ever gain a reputation as a launching pad, a bandbox or cigarbox, or even being a 'cozy confines' kind of place for a ballgame.

But with home plate moved out 10 feet, Clemson's reconfigured home park is one of the ACC smallest playing fields.

The new outfield dimension signs went up recently at The Doug, and they tell the tale: 390 feet to straightaway center, 310 down the leftfield line, 320 down the rightfield line, and 360 and 365 in the left and rightfield alleys, respectively.

No other ACC park is shorter than 400 feet in center, and just one has a shorter distance to the left-field foul pole. Pittsburgh's 300-foot outfield lines take the shortest pokes, while Wake Forest's 315 right-field is second shortest, followed by Clemson, Boston College and Florida State at 320.

Ten ACC parks have 400-foot center fields, Louisville's is 402, Pittsburgh's is 405, and Virginia's is the longest at 408.

The smaller dimensions may make Kingsmore Stadium a bit more hitter friendly, but coach Jack Leggett says he things the difference will manifest itself with more balls that scoot through the gaps to the wall than with a significant increase in home runs.

Time will tell.

But the new dimensions, coupled with the flat-seamed baseball that will come back to the college game in 2015, should eventually put a bit more pop in the game.

ACC Baseball Park Dimensions (L-R)

Boston College's John Shea Field 330-400-320

Clemson's Doug Kingsmore Stadium 310-390-320

Duke's Jack Coombs Field 325-400-335

Georgia Tech's Russ Chandler Stadium 328-400-334

Florida State's Dick Howser Stadium 340-400-320

Louisville's Patterson Stadium 330-402-330

Miami's Mark Light Field 330-400-330

North Carolina's Boshamer Stadium 335-400-355

N.C. State's Doak Field 320-400-330

Notre Dame's Frank Eck Field 330-400-330

Pittsburgh's Charles Cost Field 300-405-300

Virginia's Davenport Stadium 335-408-335

Virginia Tech's English Field 330-400-330

Wake Forest's Gene Hooks Field 335-400-315

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lhaselden writes:

sounds like a good change

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