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2003 Park Effects

 
      HOME VISITORS TOTAL
RK STADIUM, TEAM W-L AVG ERA AVG ERA AVG ERA
1 The Ballpark in Arlington (Rangers) 43-38 0.286 5.85 0.292 5.87 0.289 5.86
2 Coors Field (Rockies) 49-32 0.294 5.10 0.290 6.19 0.292 5.63
3 Kauffman Stadium (Royals) 40-40 0.282 6.02 0.290 5.17 0.286 5.61
4 Fenway Park (Red Sox) 53-28 0.316 4.29 0.261 6.44 0.288 5.33
5 SkyDome (Blue Jays) 41-40 0.282 5.04 0.282 5.45 0.282 5.24
6 Olympic Stadium (Expos) 52-29 0.272 4.22 0.267 5.23 0.270 4.71
7 Miller Park (Brewers) 31-50 0.257 5.08 0.271 4.18 0.264 4.64
8 Busch Stadium (Cardinals) 48-33 0.290 4.22 0.255 5.15 0.272 4.67
9 Turner Field (Braves) 55-26 0.286 3.98 0.248 5.36 0.267 4.64
10 Metrodome (Twins) 48-33 0.279 4.50 0.269 4.7 0.274 4.59
11 Great American Ballpark (Reds) 35-46 0.249 4.97 0.273 3.92 0.261 4.45
12 Tropicana Field (Devil Rays) 36-45 0.269 4.74 0.259 4.17 0.264 4.46
13 Bank One Ballpark (Diamondbacks) 45-36 0.276 4.13 0.252 4.75 0.264 4.43
14 PNC Park (Pirates) 39-42 0.276 4.42 0.272 4.33 0.274 4.38
15 Minute Maid Ballpark (Astros) 48-33 0.269 3.87 0.243 5.3 0.256 4.56
16 Yankee Stadium (Yankees) 50-32 0.265 4.05 0.263 4.81 0.264 4.42
17 US Cellular Field (White Sox) 51-30 0.264 3.92 0.248 4.64 0.256 4.27
18 Camden Yards (Orioles) 40-40 0.275 4.22 0.264 4.12 0.27 4.17
19 Comerica Park (Tigers) 23-58 0.239 4.89 0.271 3.11 0.255 4.01
20 Veterans Stadium (Phillies) 49-32 0.264 3.48 0.238 4.7 0.251 4.07
21 Pacific Bell Park (Giants) 57-24 0.278 3.31 0.247 4.84 0.262 4.05
22 Safeco Field (Mariners) 50-31 0.264 3.54 0.237 4.63 0.251 4.06
23 Shea Stadium (Mets) 34-46 0.254 4.33 0.271 3.62 0.263 3.98
24 Wrigley Field (Cubs) 44-37 0.258 3.77 0.239 4.03 0.248 3.89
25 Edison International Field (Angels) 45-37 0.267 3.78 0.259 4.23 0.263 4.00
26 Qualcomm Stadium (Padres) 35-46 0.258 4.29 0.256 3.6 0.257 3.96
27 Jacobs Field (Indians) 38-43 0.248 3.60 0.253 3.56 0.251 3.58
28 Pro Player Stadium (Marlins) 53-28 0.268 3.17 0.239 4.54 0.253 3.83
29 Network Associates (Athletics) 57-24 0.257 3.02 0.230 4.43 0.243 3.70
30 Dodger Stadium (Dodgers) 46-35 0.238 2.75 0.223 3.08 0.231 2.91

 

 

 

 

2002 Park Effects

 
      HOME VISITOR TOTAL
RK Stadium W-L AVG ERA AVG ERA AVG ERA
1 Coors Field (Rockies) 47-34 .313 5.47 .284 6.00 .298 5.73
2 The Ballpark in Arlington (Rangers) 42-39 .284 5.53 .280 5.82 .282 5.67
3 Kauffman Stadium (Royals) 37-44 .275 5.79 .294 4.91 .285 5.36
4 Comiskey Park (White Sox) 47-34 .280 4.26 .255 5.88 .267 5.04
5 SkyDome (Blue Jays) 42-39 .269 4.62 .264 4.86 .266 4.74
6 Bank One Ballpark (Diamondbacks) 55-26 .284 3.94 .248 5.46 .266 4.67
7 Tropicana Field (Devil Rays) 30-51 .265 4.97 .266 4.08 .265 4.53
8 Jacobs Field (Indians) 39-42 .245 4.84 .270 4.12 .258 4.49
9 Cinergy Field (Reds) 38-43 .261 4.55 .277 4.54 .270 4.54
10 Yankee Stadium (Yankees) 52-28 .272 3.88 .248 5.23 .260 4.53
11 Oak-Ala County Col. (Athletics) 54-27 .268 3.50 .248 5.15 .258 4.3
12 Minute Maid Park (Astros) 47-34 .284 3.85 .257 4.90 .271 4.36
13 Fenway Park (Red Sox) 42-39 .273 3.94 .254 4.63 .264 4.27
14 Metrodome (Twins) 54-27 .276 3.76 .253 4.71 .265 4.22
15 Olympic Stadium (Expos) 49-32 .274 3.58 .259 4.46 .266 4.01
16 PNC Park (Pirates) 38-42 .247 4.44 .271 3.92 .259 4.18
17 Edison International Field (Angels) 54-27 .279 3.48 .245 4.68 .262 4.06
18 Wrigley Field (Cubs) 36-45 .238 4.13 .242 3.97 .240 4.05
19 Pro Player Stadium (Marlins) 46-35 .268 3.81 .248 4.18 .258 3.99
20 Camden Yards (Orioles) 34-47 .248 4.14 .258 3.90 .254 4.02
21 Safeco Field (Mariners) 48-33 .264 3.77 .253 4.31 .258 4.03
22 Miller Park (Brewers) 31-50 .253 4.46 .259 3.58 .256 4.03
23 Busch Stadium (Cardinals) 52-29 .266 3.14 .240 4.74 .253 3.91
24 Qualcomm Stadium (Padres) 41-40 .263 3.72 .257 3.86 .260 3.78
25 Comerica Park (Tigers) 33-47 .248 4.41 .281 3.22 .265 3.83
26 Shea Stadium (Mets) 38-43 .245 3.62 .252 3.70 .249 3.66
27 Veterans Stadium (Phillies) 40-40 .244 3.73 .230 3.76 .237 3.74
28 Turner Field (Braves) 52-28 .263 3.11 .239 4.12 .251 3.59
29 Pacific Bell Park (Giants) 50-31 .259 3.04 .246 4.19 .252 3.59
30 Dodger Stadium (Dodgers) 46-35 .252 3.29 .232 3.64 .242 3.46

 

 

2001 Park Effects

 
 

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  Ballpark Rec RPG AVG RPG AVG 13.4 AVG ERA
1. Coors Field  41-40 6.8 .331 6.6 .289 13.4 .310 6.36
2. The Ballpark in Arlington  41-41 5.5 .283 6.0 .290 11.5 .287 5.36
3. Jacobs Field 44-36 5.5 .282 5.2 .273 10.7 .277 4.99
4. Kauffman Stadium 35-46 4.7 .274 6.0 .292 10.7 .283 4.76
5. Enron Field 44-37 5.4 .278 5.0 .258 10.4 .268 4.91
6. Comiskey Park 46-35 5.1 .270 5.0 .264 10.1 .267 4.71
7. SkyDome 40-42 5.0 .269 5.0 .275 10.0 .272 4.60
8. Comerica Park 37-44 4.5 .267 5.2 .284 9.8 .276 4.41
9. Bank One Ballpark 48-33 5.2 .279 4.5 .257 9.8 .268 4.72
10. Olympic Stadium 34-47 4.4 .262 5.3 .273 9.8 .268 4.53
11. Cinergy Field 27-54 4.3 .263 5.4 .279 9.7 .271 4.38
12. Miller Park 36-45 4.6 .254 5.0 .265 9.6 .260 4.48
13. Tropicana Field 37-44 4.3 .267 5.3 .270 9.6 .268 4.35
14. Metrodome 47-34 4.9 .275 4.7 .268 9.6 .272 4.52
15. Fenway Park 41-40 4.8 .274 4.7 .254 9.5 .264 4.44
16. Yankee Stadium 51-28 5.3 .272 4.1 .247 9.4 .259 4.36
17. Edison International Field 39-42 4.4 .267 4.9 .269 9.4 .268 4.36
18. PNC Park 38-43 4.2 .256 5.1 .262 9.3 .259 4.30
19. Busch Stadium 54-28 5.4 .284 3.8 .242 9.2 .263 4.29
20. Oak-Ala County Col.  53-28 5.2 .259 3.8 .238 9.0 .248 4.14
21. Qualcomm Stadium 35-46 4.0 .233 4.9 .255 8.9 .244 3.94
22. Safeco Field 57-24 5.4 .283 3.4 .222 8.9 .253 4.06
23. Veterans Stadium 47-34 4.6 .257 4.2 .248 8.8 .253 4.12
24. Pro Player Stadium 46-34 4.7 .269 4.1 .241 8.8 .255 4.12
25. Wrigley Field 48-33 4.9 .267 3.9 .233 8.8 .250 4.11
26. Camden Yards 30-50 3.8 .242 4.8 .260 8.6 .251 3.90
27. Pacific Bell Park 49-32 4.3 .256 4.2 .251 8.6 .253 3.99
28. Turner Field 40-41 4.4 .262 4.2 .254 8.6 .258 3.88
29. Dodger Stadium 44-37 4.1 .248 4.2 .241 8.3 .244 3.83
30. Shea Stadium 44-37 3.7 .242 4.1 .248 7.8 .245 3.59

 

Our favorite parks:

 

1. Wrigley Field, Chicago IL

2. Fenway Park, Boston MA

3. Yankee Stadium, New York NY

4. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore MD

5. Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco CA

6. The Ballpark at Arlington, TX

7. PNC Park, Pittsburgh PA

 

 

   Most of us were probably sitting at home watching television when McGwire cracked his 62nd home run.  We saw the event, sure.  But there's something about being there - the click of the turnstile, the feel of wooden slats beneath you, the whiff of stale beer, the crispness of a Dodger Dog, that television can't digitize.

 

   The best ballparks aren't just a passive stage for the game of baseball - they inspire the action, affect the play, and become a part of the game. They can be awe-inspiring experiences on a sunny afternoon.  They are unique, telltale hearts - for instance, there is no doubt about what city you're in when you see the Green Monster.  Fenway Park is as much an attraction as the Boston Red Sox.

   The following is a collection of information about the ballparks of major league baseball, but it is also a condemnation of the cookie-cutter entertainment venues that blight cityscapes across the nation.  Of the newer stadiums you'll see here, pay special attention to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, The Ballpark at Arlington, and Bank One Ballpark.  Take a look at Busch Stadium, which has been transformed from a place where baseball is played into a true ballpark - a story of redemption.

   Also, see what not to do when building a ballpark - Network Associates Coliseum, Qualcomm Stadium, Veteran's Stadium, and Milwaukee's County Stadium of course, but also a few of the newer ballparks: Tropicana Field, for instance, or Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

   Each park is a little different, and affects the play substantially.  Learning about the various park effects is a great tool for picking the right fantasy player, adjusting performance statistics for MVP debates, and for understanding baseball.

Ballparks Register - comparison and summary of current ballparks, with seating capacity, dimensions, and ballpark factors.

Hi-Lo Index - the ballparks with the highest run and home run single season and lifetime park indices of all time.

   For a primer on "Park Factor" and "Park Index," click here: Park Factor Primer

 

Individual Ballparks
Anaheim Angels
Arizona Diamondbacks
Atlanta Braves
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians
Colorado Rockies
Detroit Tigers
Florida Marlins
Houston Astros
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Dodgers

 
Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins
Montreal Expos
New York Mets
New York Yankees
Oakland Athletics
Philadelphia Phillies
Pittsburgh Pirates
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
Seattle Mariners
St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Texas Rangers
Toronto Blue Jays

 

     The data in this section is pulled together from a variety of source. I am indebted to Oscar Palacios and his wonderful tome, Ballpark Sourcebook: Diamond Diagrams, for the park factors and altitudes, as well as for many of the facts and anecdotes. Historical dimensions and capacities, plus general information, were taken from the Total Baseball almanac; The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic, by Ron Smith; Green Cathedrals by Philip Lowry, if you can find it anywhere, get it; Lost Ballparks, by Lawrence S. Ritter; and Ballparks of North America: A Comprehensive Historical Reference to Baseball Grounds, Yards and Stadiums, 1845 to Present, by Michael Benson.

     Also check out www.ballparks.com, a great site with more pictures, as well as comprehensive information on ballparks, football stadia, and ice hockey venues.

     Finally, the diamond diagrams for the present ballparks come courtesy of ESPN.com.

 

 

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