One small step for Aaron Judge, one giant leap for Marlins Park.
When the Marlins were planning out their stadium they turned to experts who used NASA equations to determine how high to make the roof to make sure baseballs never hit it, Sports Illustrated reports. However, Judge is so powerful he has now proved NASA wrong.
Before Monday, no player had ever hit the roof since the ballpark opened in 2012 until Judge accomplished the feat in the Home Run Derby. Not even in batting practice had a player struck the ceiling of the park before.
Engineers made the roof 210 feet above the ground at its apex near second base and 128 feet high near deep right-centerfield. No ball was ever supposed to reach the top of the park after these heights were set and the stadium was constructed.
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The Marlins have a ground rule for if a ball strikes the roof, but they never thought they’d actually have to use it.
By rule, if a ball strikes the ceiling it is to be treated as a live fair ball, not a home run. If the ball were to land in foul territory it would be a foul ball, but would be live ball in fair territory, according to Sports Illustrated. A fielder can also catch a ball off the roof and it would count as an out.
In the Home Run Derby, Judge smacked a ball that struck the ceiling at a height of 170 feet in deep left-centerfield. The Marlins had to turn to their ground rule and determined Judge’s shot was not a home run.
Judge put on a show Monday when he struck the roof on a few occasions and hit monstrous home runs that amazed fellow players and fans. Eventually the Yankees slugger was crowned the Home Run Derby winner as he continues to open eyes around the league this season.
Aaron Judge hits roof at Marlins Park before Home Run Derby
The right fielder is batting .329 with 30 home runs and 66 RBIs through the first half of the season.
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