Thread: Ballpark Effect
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12-26-2012, 11:09 PM
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Yeah you can't just look at pure distance.

In Arlington there's a well-known jetstream effect. The prevailing winds blow in from center, hit the area behind home plate, then swirl back out through a gap in right field.

Then there's temperature. Parks that have significantly higher average temperatures (such as Arlington) are going to be more hitter-friendly as the ball carries more easily.

Then there's the less tangible effect that I believe is real when hitters say they simply feel more comfortable hitting in certain parks. Maybe a particular park has a more symmetrical outfield with an especially clear batter's eye.

Some places also play more night games than others when batters theoretically should have an easier time picking up the baseball.

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