Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Baseball Project - Ballparks

Students and Parents!

The following assignment has been posted in Google Classroom. We'll be working on this in class, but you are free to work on it at home as well!

The Baseball Project
Part 1 - Infield/Outfield Dimensions
Due April 8th, 2015
Take a look at the dimensions (in feet) of the following ballparks.  
The Great American Ballpark
Home of the Cincinnati Reds
Opened - 2003
Capacity - 42,319
Cost - $290,000,000
Fenway Park
Home of the Boston Red Sox
Opened - 1912
Capacity - 37,673
Cost - $650,000
Rangers’ Ballpark in Arlington
Home of the Texas Rangers
Opened - 1994
Capacity - 49,115
Cost - $191,000,000
Dodger Stadium
Home of the Los Angeles Dodgers
Opened - 1962
Capacity - 56,000
Cost - $23,000,000

The picture below shows the dimensions (in feet) of the “infield” for each of these ballparks.  


Using the dimensions on the preceding pages, answer the following questions on the GRAPH PAPER provided to you.  You are free to work on these questions with your group, however, EVERYONE must submit their OWN work.  You will turn in a PAPER copy of your work to Mr. Piercey, however, you must also have a SNAPSHOT of it inserted below.  

Your answers must be written in complete sentences.  
Your work must be NEAT.  
You must show your work for every question (when possible).  

  1. Write an inequality comparing the ballfield which has the GREATEST distance to centerfield to the one with the LEAST.  For example, 320 feet > 305 feet.  
  2. How many INCHES is it from HOME PLATE to the LEFT FIELD FOUL POLE at FENWAY PARK?  
  3. If a player runs all the way around all four bases (home, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and back to home), how many FEET did he or she run?  
  4. In SQUARE INCHES, what is the AREA of the PITCHER’S PLATE?  
  5. A ball is hit and rolls all the way to the LEFT FIELD WALL at the Ballpark in Arlington.  How many yards did it travel?
  6. It takes a player 6 seconds to run to first base, and then 5 seconds to finish running between each of the other bases, how long did it take them to run all of the bases?
  7. A Cincinnati Reds player runs from home to first base, and then is tagged out HALFWAY between first and second base.  How many feet did he run?  
  8. Down the foul line, how many FEET is it from FIRST BASE to the RIGHT FIELD WALL at the GREAT AMERICAN BALLPARK?
  9. Imagine that the bases were the four VERTICES (corners/angles) of a polygon.  What type of angle do each of them make?  
  10. Now imagine that the four bases were all connected with line segments to form a polygon.  Write THREE ATTRIBUTES of this polygon.  Please ask Mr. Piercey if you don’t remember what an “attribute” is!   
  11. Write THREE NAMES for the polygon formed by the infield bases.    
  12. Which of the four ballparks ballparks has a line of symmetry?  
  13. How many years ago did Fenway Park open?  
  14. In EXPANDED FORM, how much did it cost to build Dodger Stadium?  
  15. In EXPANDED FORM, how much did it cost to build The Great American Ballpark?

- Challenge #1 (Optional) -
Using, find and drop placemarks on the FOUR BALLPARKS listed above.  Draw a line between the placemarks.  Come up with TWO names for the shape they form.  

Share your map with Mr. Piercey ( and place a link to your map here:

  • Challenge #2 (Optional) -
Hopefully you’ve noticed that all ballparks have different dimensions in the outfield (the “infields” must be the same!).  Here are the Major League Baseball official rules for ballpark dimensions:

Major League Baseball mandates a minimum distance of 250 feet (76 m) and recommends a minimum distance of 320 feet (98 m) at the foul poles and 400 feet (120 m) at center field). As a result, baseball fields can vary greatly along those lines.

On a separate sheet of graph paper, neatly sketch to scale (using a straightedge) your own custom ballpark (with the dimensions listed).  Please give it a name, too.  

~Mr Piercey
Eminence Independent Schools
Google Certified Teacher
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