Exploring the individuality of baseball diamonds

Ballparks come in all shapes and sizes, and that's one of the beauties of baseball. There are some obvious standards for the dimensions of a baseball park, but for the most part, they vary from field to field. Take for instance Fenway Park, which is 420 feet deep in centerfield, but the left field foul pole on the 37-foot-high Green Monster is just 310 feet away from home plate.

But, strange fields aren't limited to just the big leagues. French's Common, the home field of Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, Massachusetts, was recently the topic of a Boston Globe article cleverly titled "Ground Rule Trouble." Just 150 feet away from home plate stands the Braintree Town Hall in right field, and with that, comes some interesting rules. A ball off the building is in play, and if the batter hits the ball on the roof, it's a ground rule double.

"I've been a pitcher here for three years and I've kind of realized it's more of a hitter's field than a pitcher's field, so I can't be aggravated when I pitch here," Andrew McBride, an Archbishop Williams High pitcher, told the source. "You've got to play more as a team here. It's all about defense when you're here."

When the bus pulls up to an unorthodox field, it's important to remember that both teams have to play with the same disadvantages. It's best to look at the odd situation as a fun opportunity to play the game in a different environment. With the right baseball equipment and plenty of practice, teams can prove that they can win ballgames on any terrain.