Will New Stadium Play The Same Way?

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.

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Andy’s incentives

From the AP (via PA):

Base salary: $5.5 million.

Innings bonuses: $500,000 each for 150, 160 and 170 innings pitched and $750,000 each for 180, 190, 200 and 210 innings.

Roster bonuses: $100,000 for 120 days on the active 25-man roster, $200,000 for 130 days, $250,000 each for 140 and 150 days, and $400,000 each for 160, 170 and 180 days.

Just eat innings and collect checks, Andy. That’s all.… Click here to read the rest

Top 30 Yankees Prospects, Spring 2009

I’ve done this for four years now, and this is probably the worst list of prospects that I’m written since before Chamberlain and Kennedy were drafted. That said, there’s a lot of interesting promise on the list, and some names should produce immediate dividends for the Yankees.

The good: We finally have some decent LHPs on the list. The Yankees have a ton of depth at catcher.

The bad: More than ever, this list is dominated by pitchers. The Yankees haven’t had much luck developing hitters lately.

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