Sometimes, you just want to turn on The Show and hit some dingers. Not all ballparks are made the same, though, and some stadiums will fare better in your pursuits of the long ball.
Here, we’ll be looking at the best stadiums to hit home runs in MLB The Show 21. Some are there due to their small size – or “bandbox,” as baseball announcers might say – while others are there due to their unique features.
1. Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Chase Field is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who, for much of the 2021 season, have had the worst record in Major League Baseball. However, their stadium has two unique aspects that make hitting home runs fun.
The first and most recognizable aspect is the hot tub located in right-center field. Fans will usually be in and around the tub watching the game, and there have been many “splash” hits from home runs landing in the tub. A left-handed power hitter should have little issue hitting one into the tub.
The other unique aspect is the tall center field wall. The home run line is placed at the top of the wall so that what would be a homer in other ballparks could end up an extra base hit. You might be fooled at the center fielder preparing to field the ball off of the wall only for it instead to be a home run.
The park is not the smallest, so you will need to power some out, but the hot tub and center field wall make it a worthwhile challenge.
2. Coors Field and the All-Star Game Stadium (Colorado Rockies)
Notorious for the high home run rate, Coors Field has long been a favorite to not only hit the long ball, but to set some personal records in distance. If you fancy trying to hit a home run of over 500 feet in MLB The Show 21, the home of the Colorado Rockies is the place to try.
Coors Field is so high above sea level that a row in the upper deck is colored purple to indicate being a mile above – truly the Mile High City. That thin air has helped balls go over the outfield fences many a time.
Beyond trying to beat your personal record, there are those pesky high walls installed in right-center field to overcome. Whereas a liner to right-center might result in a homer, it now results in an extra base hit off of the wall. Though not as high as the center field wall in Chase Field, it still presents a challenge.
3. Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)
One of the oldest and most historic stadiums still around, Fenway Park represents not just a taste of baseball history, but also presents a few challenges for the home run inclined.
Obviously, there is the Green Monster in left field: the towering wall that spans the entire left side of the outfield. It has the national scoreboard on the bottom and seats along the top that are a modern change. Lansdowne Street is just beyond the Monster, so if you hit one over, in-game commentator Matt Vasgersian might say: “He hit it onto Lansdowne!”
The other challenge is that Bermuda Triangle in center field. Along with the high wall, center field essentially creates a triangle as it hits the much lower wall in right field. You might become frustrated at how many balls die on the track there, but become immensely satisfied when a ball makes it over the center field wall and onto the area covered by black tarp.
There is also “Pesky’s Pole” – named after the former Red Sox player Johnny Pesky – in right field, which is a mere 302 feet from home plate. History and nostalgia carry this stadium a long way, but hitting one over the Green Monster always calls for some fist-pumps of victory.
4. Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds)
The proverbial bandbox in all of baseball, Great American Ball Park is a small ballpark that sees the ball leave its grounds regularly.
The outfield wall in left field is a decent height, more than enough to block a home run-robbing attempt. The little bit of green just beyond center field is a nice target to aim for, and if you are so inclined, you can aim for the two pillars beyond the stands in right-center.
Basically, if you just want to hit dingers in MLB The Show 21, Great American Ball Park is your stadium.
5. Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals)
A ballpark that is held in high regard, Kauffman Stadium is your typical stadium in terms of size and field: there aren’t any jutting walls like in Fenway Park or Triples Alley in San Francisco’s Oracle Park.
However, what separates Kauffman Stadium from other grounds are the multiple fountains beyond the stands spanning center field to right-center field. There are multiple levels of the fountains in right-center.
This presents two unique challenges. One, you can create a “splash” hit into the fountains. Two, you can hit one into the second level of fountains in right-center. Beyond the fountains, you could aim to hit homers over each bullpen in straightaway right field and left field.
All in all, Kauffman Stadium is a beautiful ballpark with its own fountain-based challenge for the big-hitters of MLB The Show 21.
6. Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros)
While not as unique as it once was without Tal’s Hill in center field and the fences being moved in, Minute Maid Park is still a fun place to hit home runs in MLB The Show 21.
One reason is the Crawford Boxes in left field. While the stands are placed on top of a 19-foot wall that also serves as the out-of-town scoreboard, they are also only 315 feet from home plate. As such, a routine popup or fly ball can result in a home run if hit to straightaway left.
Another reason as to why it is fun to hit at Minute Maid Park is the train tracks located along the top of the stadium in left field to left-center field. Hit one there, and Vasgersian will say something like: “He hit it onto the tracks!”
A little challenge is to hit it to left-center, just to the side of the Crawford Boxes, as a would-be home run could result in an out or an extra base hit. The wall in left-center is higher than the 19-foot Crawford Boxes and further back than 315 feet. So, you have to muster up more power to hit one out in this area.
Minute Maid Park is one of the more original ballparks in MLB The Show 21. Why not fill a lineup with right-handed power hitters and aim for the Crawford Boxes?
7. Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles)
Widely considered to be the ballpark that ushered in the modern era of baseball stadium modeling, Oriole Park at Camden Yards still stands as one of the more beautiful and original stadiums nearly 30 years after opening.
The main highlight is its high outfield wall in straightaway right field, which also serves as the out-of-town scoreboard. The scoreboard itself is a hurdle to overcome, but ever since Ken Griffey, Jr. put on a show during the 1993 Home Run Derby, during which he actually hit the warehouse beyond the stands, the biggest challenge is replicating his feat.
Further, the bullpens in left center are a fun target to aim for, as well as the green patch beyond the wall in center field. Camden Yards is not a large ballpark like Oracle Park or Comerica Park in Detroit, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to hit some long balls.
8. Petco Park (San Diego Padres)
Another one of the modern stadiums on the list, Petco Park has generally been a pitcher’s park, but after some modifications, it is still a fun place to hit home runs.
The biggest attraction is the presence of the historic Western Metal Supply Co. building beyond the stands in straightaway left field. The challenge is not just hitting the building, but to see on what level your ball lands. While the three levels of stands on the building are good targets, you’ll really want to aim for the roof in MLB The Show 21.
There are also the home and visitor’s bullpens as good targets, and the low wall in right field – with the out-of-town scoreboard potentially allowing for line drives to result in home runs. It’s a fine park, indeed.
9. PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates)
A beautiful stadium located along the Allegheny River, PNC Park is just one of the best places to play baseball in MLB The Show 21.
The perfectly manicured “PIRATES” cut into the lawn beyond the wall in center field is so exquisite that you just have to hit a home run squarely onto it.
The higher wall in right field is not too high to represent a difficult challenge. However, in left-center field, there is a little triangle next to the bullpens that can pose a difficult challenge. Just like in Fenway, some balls might die on the track.
If you find yourself at PNC Park, see if you can hit one over the stands in right-center field and into the Allegheny River.
10. Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)
Wrigley Field is one of the most historic and longest-lasting stadiums in MLB today, along with Fenway.
One of the iconic markers of Wrigley (besides the ivy) are the baskets that hang off of the stands and outfield walls. Though not technically in the stands, a ball landing in these baskets or nets results in a home run, so why not see how many you can land in the baskets?
Wrigley Field has also undergone some renovations and modernization in recent years. One of those renovations was the inclusion of a towering jumbotron in right field, with an electronic out-of-town scoreboard beneath. Like Kyle Schwarber did in the 2015 playoffs, aim for hitting a home run overthe jumbotron and out of the ballpark.
You could also try to hit one squarely off of the gigantic jumbotron, although it might take a “Perfect Liner” for that to happen with a left-handed power hitter, like Schwarber. You can also aim to hit one out of left field like in Fenway, with the absence of that mini-boss Green Monster being a help.
Honorable Mention: Polo Grounds (Historic)
The legendary Polo Grounds: where Willie Mays made what is arguably the greatest defensive play ever, simply known as “The Catch.”
Polo Grounds was one of the most unique ballparks ever constructed. The stands in right and left field measured about 280 feet and 260 feet, respectively, meaning that a routine popup or fly ball to either side could result in an easy home run. If you bring a lineup of pull hitters in MLB The Show 21, you might hit a home run with every batter multiple times.
The other unique aspect of Polo Grounds was just how much the field opened once you went beyond straightaway left and right field. Left and right-center fields measured beyond 440 feet, and center field measured 500 feet! Outside of Coors Field, you’ll be hard-pressed to hit 440-plus feet home runs regularly.
What this does present is the high probability of inside-the-park home runs. You might not even need the speediest players, but players with some combination of speed with either high contact or high power will make your trip around the bases easy.
Your goal would be to aim for liners into left and right-center. They need to have enough power that they roll all the way to the bullpens located at about 11 o’clock and one o’clock. Because of the distance, instead of one relay, there may need to be two relay throws for a throw-out attempt at the plate.
Polo Grounds might be the best place to hit home runs, even if many of those will be of the inside-the-park variety.
When you visit these ballparks in MLB The Show 21, you really should be aiming to nail some glorious home runs for your team.
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