Is it time to rebuild your Baseball Homeplate area?
Originally posted on MURRAY COOK'S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG:
Planning to rebuild your homeplate? If it looks like this well I think you waited to long. I see to many fields and once in a while i run across one that makes me cry. Im not going to mention where this field is but obviously there is a problem with both safety and playability.
Preparing to build a field starts with homeplate. The entire ballpark is determined by where the back tip of homeplate is located. orientation is always discussed as an issue and what MLB recommends is a direction fo North-Northeast which works fine for ballparks North of the 3o latitude. Homeplate areas vary in size typically they are 26 ft in diameter however many make them larger to 30ft to reduce turf wear and tear. Again 26ft is a recommendation. The actual home plate is made of rubber and has five points. A regulation home plate is a 17-inch square with two corners of the…
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