Jim Thome

So near and yet so far: Camden Yards warehouse an inviting target, just not within striking distance

So near and yet so far: Camden Yards warehouse an inviting target, just not within striking distance

Of all the unique nuances that still make Oriole Park at Camden Yards the standard-bearer of the retro ballparks that followed, it is the old B&O railroad warehouse beyond the right-field wall that is the most iconic feature of Baltimore’s crown jewel.

To any left-handed hitter, whether it’s an Orioles player or an opponent, the eight-story brick structure that spans 1,116 feet along Eutaw Street — making it the longest brick building east of the Mississippi River — beckons.

From the field, the girth of the building makes it seem like a reasonable target, and when the ballpark opened in 1992, the windows on the first three floors were installed with shatterproof glass...

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