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Sam Lynn Ballpark (Bakersfield, CA)

Photo of Sam Lynn Ballpark

photo taken on July 2, 1999, Bakersfield Blaze vs. High Desert Mavericks

Year Opened: 1941

Capacity: 4,200 (1999)

Team: Bakersfield Blaze

League: California League (A)

LF: 328

CF: 354

RF: 328

The Good: The most interesting thing about this stadium is that it is one of the very few fields where the batter faces west, and therefore right into the setting sun early in night games. To compensate, the team schedules night games for 7:30 (instead of the typical 7:00 start most clubs use). In addition, the stadium has an enormous wall built beyond the outfield fence to block the sun, with trees planted on either side of it (for a picture of the wall, click here). Also of note is the extremely short center field distance of 354 feet -- and the 15 foot outfield fences. The seating area itself, which was completely redone in 1994, is comfortable enough, with individual seats behind home and first, and bleachers on the third base side. The folks working here were definitely among the friendliest I've encountered, but it's still the unique field dimensions and orientation that I'll remember most. Although new ballparks are popping up everywhere, it's comforting to know a place as different as Sam Lynn Ballpark still exists.

The Not So Good: The seating area is bare-bones and pretty boring, and a chain-link fence hinders the view from the box seats and the first few rows after that.

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