Buster Posey has never done it, but Scooter Gennett has. Hunter Pence doesn't have one, but Denard Span has five of them.
The most distinctive part of Oracle Park is not in play for the stars who have suited up for the organization but hit from the right side of the plate. In the two-decade history of the ballpark, no right-hander has hit a ball into McCovey Cove. But the list of left-handed hitters who have done it is fairly long, with 130 Splash Hits in all, including some from Span, Gennett, and guys like Tyler Colvin, Nate Schierholtz and John Bowker.
But what if right-handers were the ones taking aim at the Cove?
Over the weekend, MLB Cathedrals posted a fun photo on Twitter showing the ballpark with flipped dimensions:
It's a cool look at a completely different version of Oracle Park, but which way is better? Our NBC Sports Bay Area Giants account ran a poll on Twitter and the results were overwhelming, and they were correct for two reasons.
Which version of Oracle Park do you like better? 🤔— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) April 6, 2020
The first reason is pure logic. Right field at Oracle Park is so short because it had to be that short. The footprint of the ballpark is small, and because it bordered McCovey Cove, there was limited space for right field. The Giants even had to get special permission from MLB to build with such a short right field.
In an interview with the San Francisco Examiner 20 years ago, the late Peter Magowan explained what the vision was.
"Major League Baseball wanted 330 feet down the line, 375 to the power alleys, 400 feet to center and 8-foot high walls," Magowan said. "We wanted high walls and low walls. We wanted angles, and short and deep distances. We wanted asymmetrical things, and we wanted seats as close as possible to the field."
The Giants built a beauty, and because of the elements, the short porch in right hasn't proven to be an issue for pitchers. The high wall helps, and the thick night air knocks plenty of would-be homers a season.
That brings us to the second reason the Giants and the voters got it right.
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The one person who hasn't been impacted by any of that is Barry Bonds, and Giants fans should be grateful that the park is shorter for left-handed hitters simply because that led to so many incredible moments for Bonds.
Bonds had the first Splash Hit on May 1, 2000 and blasted two more into the Cove nine days later. In 2003, he hit a memorable walk-off into the water against the Braves. There have been 81 Splash Hits by a Giant and Bonds has 35 of them, so with apologies to all the right-handers who have played for the team over the years, the ballpark was built correctly, because the all-time home run king got to take aim at McCovey Cove every night.