The distance to the outfield wall at Petco Park is labeled incorrectly

Watching last night's game I couldn't help but notice the center field distance marker is no longer there.  It's been shifted about 50 feet to the right.  I'm guessing some players complained it was sometimes distracting when trying to see a pitch.  Jbox thinks I'm crazy for even bringing this up.

Here's a picture of where the distance label used to be, from a photo in 2012:

2012005118_pjc_ar5_146.0_medium

Photo credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

I'm positive that the center field fence is perpendicular to the center line of the field itself.  Therefore it can not be the same distance to home plate.  But knowing that it is a right angle we can use some 9th grade math and figure out what the distance actually is.  Our new distance, the hypotenuse, is the square root of the leg a squared + leg b squared.  We know leg a is 396'.  But what is leg b?

399ft._medium

Using a very unscientific method (google maps) we can scale the distance to approximately 50 feet knowing that the bases are 90 feet apart.  So with that info we reach a new distance of 399 feet.  Maybe, I'm just weird, or it's that I like my shit precise, but I think it should be changed.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Gaslamp Ball

You must be a member of Gaslamp Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Gaslamp Ball. You should read them.

Join Gaslamp Ball

You must be a member of Gaslamp Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Gaslamp Ball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker