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The top three "hitting parks" of all time (1901-present)

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  • The top three "hitting parks" of all time (1901-present)

    Which baseball parks do you think is not very friendly to the pitchers and very friendly to pitchers? I'm going to say in no paticular order:

    3. Great American BallPark (2003-pres.): no offense Cincinnati fans, but I think this ballpark gives batters too much freedom and most of the time, it ends up being a home run. Same with its counterpart...

    2. Coors Field (1995-pres.): the long ball is the batter's friend here. Even if it was a place where it had fewer home runs than usual, but it's still a dangerous home run place.

    which one is last? It's...

    1. Tiger Stadium/Briggs Stadium (1912-1999): this stadium may be closed, but it has witnessed many home runs during its opening. In my opinion, this is the easiest stadium to hit home runs, and the "Motor City Kitties" proved their hitting talents while the stadium was open for its very long tenure. (this is my opinion)

    Which of the three do you think are dangerous hitter parks of all time?

  • #2

    Here are my top three



    • #3
      If your a pull or push hitter,that is.


      • #4
        1. Coors Field
        2. Baker Bowl
        3. Polo Grounds(if you could pull the ball)
        go sox.



        • #5
          You must remember that hitter's park doesn't just mean home runs. It means for all offensive production.

          I am currently trying to work on how to quantify this statistically. It's tricky because it requires looking at not only ballpark and home run factors but the quality of the offenses and opposing offenses and defenses that played in the park. I'll get back to you when I get some results.

          Preliminary guesses:
          Coors Field (no question)
          Baker Bowl (279 in right and didn't have a high wall for much of its existence)
          LA Coliseum (250 in left, 300 in right)
          League Park (290 in right)
          Polo Grounds
          Sicks Stadium, Seattle (1969)
          Tiger Stadium (right field porch)
          Great American Ballpark
          Minute Maid Park
          Ameriquest Field
          Wrigley Field (on a good day)

          Kingdome has to be right up there too.


          • #6
            Baker Bowl had a 40' wall from 1895 until 1915, when it switched to a 60' wall. Seems pretty tall to me.

            1). Coors
            2). Ebbets Field
            3). LA Coliseum


            • #7
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              • #8
                During its brief life (1977-1989 midseason) Exhibition Stadium in Toronto was a terrific hitters park once the weather warmed up. Generally it was a horrible place to watch a ballgame, but with short fences, artificial turf, and a steady breeze blowing towards leftfield off the lake, it was hitters heaven. I was there in 1988 when the Blue Jays hit 10 home runs in one game, a record that as far as I know hasn't been broken, even in these juicy times.

                The stadium increased batting averages, doubles, and home runs. Mind you, I don't think baseball could be played in much colder weather than an April night game there. It was routine to start the game at around 45°F, and drop a degree every inning.


                • #9
                  LA Wrigley saw quite a few HRs in its only MLB season in 1961. It was also the site of the original Home Run Derby as well.


                  • #10
                    great american is will be tops for a long time to come
                    wrigley field...good for what ails ya


                    • #11
                      Again according to Total Baseball's park factors, Coors leads by a mile(high)...having the top 5 best hitters seasons! Others making multiple appearances include Wrigley, Mile High, Baker Bowl and Fenway(post Monster).

                      Also remember that the Baker Bowl that had 60' fence in RF also had a 280' wall, and only 300' to the power alley!


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cubbieuk
                        great american is will be tops for a long time to come
                        You mean The Great American Bandbox? It seems like possibly the best hitters' park around- but I don't think the facts support it.

                        Check They have detailed park info (broken down by runs, average, etc) for recent years.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by csh19792001
                          You mean The Great American Bandbox? It seems like possibly the best hitters' park around- but I don't think the facts support it.

                          Check They have detailed park info (broken down by runs, average, etc) for recent years.
                          One reason it has that rep is the team playing in it. The Reds are a power-laden bunch, and their pitchers are about one step above a high school team. Never a dull moment, or a safe lead in the GAB. By the way, although I LOATH cororate names for stadiums, Great American Ballpark has to be the best one.


                          • #14
                            In the only season that Major League Baseball was played at LA Wrigley Field, 248 home runs were hit there, more than in any other ballpark in Major League history during a single season.


                            • #15
                              Well, I haven't researched this per se, but I know a lot about the old parks and their measurements, and I'd have to go with:

                              1. Baker Bowl--272 down the line, and only about 300 to RCF(!), by most reckonings. One book I have comments that the right field wall "seemed to grow up out of nowhere about 50 feet behind the second baseman." All you need do is compare Chuck Klein's career stats in his first years with the Phillies, and thereafter. Or note that he won a Triple Crown in 1933, then was traded to the Cubs, for whom he was the #3 O.F. and had all of 118more plate appearances than the #4 O.F., legendary rookie Tuck Stainback. Man, if Ruth had played in the Baker Bowl...;

                              2. Coors Field--For the few of you who haven't already, check Walker's and Helton's home and away stats. 'Nuff said; and

                              3. The L.A. Coliseum, which I remember from my childhood, as a Giants fan. The LF was for RH hitters what Baker Bowl's RF was for LH hitters: If it's high in the air, it's a HR; otherwise, it's a double.

                              My vote for the toughest park for hitters HAS to go to Braves Field. As one person said, 402 down both foul lines and 550 to dead center (in a park then shaped like a box). What could be tougher than that?



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