Since the Mariners have started spring training, what effect does the weather have on hitters?

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by Jeff Renner

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Posted on February 21, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Since the Mariners have started spring training, what effect does the weather have on hitters?

A big effect, and it comes down to math and physics! We need to use a standard, so let's take a fly ball that travels 400 feet. For every 10 degrees of warming, it will go 4 feet farther. A one inch drop in barometric pressure will add 6 feet to that fly ball, and every 1 mph of tailwind adds 3 feet. So warmer than normal temperatures, lower than normal air pressure and a tailwind help add distance to hits.

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