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04/23/09 12:03 AM ET
Cashman: Yanks to monitor HR issue
Stadium's first homestand saw 26 homers, setting record
By John Schlegel / MLB.com
Following a debut homestand at Yankee Stadium that included a record 26 home runs, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday night that the club will monitor the frequency of homers at the new venue. "It's something we're going to have to keep our eye on, because clearly the numbers don't lie," Cashman said during a speaking engagement at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. However, Cashman also noted, according to an Associated Press account of the event, that homers throughout baseball have traveled eight feet farther than last season, and that the numbers may even out over the course of an 81-game home schedule. "It's possible that the ballpark is a home run-type park," Cashman said in an interview before his talk. "We'll see. The ball is going farther in every park, not just ours." With Melky Cabrera's walk-off winner for the Yankees on Wednesday capping off the homestand, the 26 homers set a new mark for the first six games at a new Major League venue -- one more than the first six games of the 1955 home season at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. During the event, Cashman was interviewed by veteran baseball writer Peter Gammons, touching on a number of issues, from the American League East to his decision not to pursue Johan Santana and the February revelation that Alex Rodriguez had used steroids in 2001-03. "It caught us all off guard," Cashman said of the Rodriguez admission. "But at the same time, I'm not shocked about anything any more."
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.