The analysis of park factors is something that fans have undertaken on a rudimentary level for years, referring to stadiums such as Coors as hitters’ parks and Shea as being pitcher friendly. Statisticians have been able to distill those park factors into a number on a 100 point scale, with parks above 100 being hitter friendly and those under 100 favoring pitchers. According to Aaron Gleeman, Fenway Park is currently the best hitting park in baseball, which does not surprise me, but may come as a shock to Jim Rice and his supporters. What I found interesting about the article was Gleeman’s thoughts about the new Yankee Stadium. The old Stadium has always hovered around 100 on the park factor scale, and I figured that the new Stadium having the same dimensions would leave that unchanged. Not necessarily, says Gleeman:
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Two new ballparks in New York mean that we can forget everything we knew about Shea Stadium and the old Yankee Stadium.