Predicting the Next Jose Bautista: Part I, Explaining HR Change
Today's graph examines the effects that Philadelphia's Citizen's Bank Park have had on Raul Ibanez's tremendous season. How much has the move from cavernous SafeCo Field to the hitter-friendly Bank helped Raul?
Frank "Home Run" Baker led the Major Leagues in home runs for four years in the 1910s and never hit more than 12 home runs in a season.
There have been 19 home runs this year that were only home runs because of favorable conditions, including HRs by such sluggers as David Ortiz, Mark Teixeira, Adam Dunn, and Ryan Howard.
Using www.hittrackeronline.net to examine the ridiculous dimensions in Minute Maid Park. This image shows 4 home runs that would be HRs in 27 of the 30 parks, but not in the Juice Box. There has yet to be a home run hit in Houston between the two black lines. More here