Examining MLB Ballparks: Hitter Friendly or Defense Friendly?

We always are talking about the offense some teams generate or the way the pitchers dominant teams so let’s look at the different baseball parks and analyze.

Here is what I perceive as hitters parks and pitchers parks and then we will check the second list for a more detailed, stat-oriented approach to the idea.

Pitchers Park – Meaning that the ballpark is great for pitching

Pitcher-friendly – Generally favorable to defense

Neutral – Neither pitchers or batters are favored

Hitter-friendly – Less forgiving to pitchers than to batters.

Hitters Park – The ballpark is a haven for batting

 

Pitcher Friendly

  • Oakland-Alameda Coliseum
  • Kauffman Stadium
  • US Cellular
  • PNC Park
  • Citi Field
  • Joe Robbie Stadium
  • Turner Field

Pitchers Park

  • Safeco Field – Pitchers Park
  • Comerica Park – Pitchers Park
  • Petco Park – Pitchers Park
  • Nationals Park – Pitchers Park

 

Neutral

  • Angel Stadium
  • AT&T

Hitter Friendly

  • The Ballpark in Arlington
  • Metrodome
  • Progressive
  • SkyDome
  • Tropicana Field
  • Chase Field
  • Busch Stadium
  • Great American Ballpark

Hitters Park

  • Coors Field
  • Minute Maid
  • Wrigley Field
  • Miller Park
  • Camden Yards
  • Fenway
  • Yankee Stadium

 

Below are the rankings of “hitter’s parks”, home teams and their rankings in runs scored.

1. Rangers Ballpark (Texas Rangers #1-AL) 1.142

2. Chase Field (Arizona D’backs #10-NL) 1.135

3. Coors Field (Colorado Rockies #8-NL ) 1.126

4. U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox #5-AL) 1.122

5. Fenway Park (Boston, Massachusetts #2-AL) 1.077

6. Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers #4-AL) 1.077

7. Great American (Cincinnati Reds #12-NL) 1.069

8. Wrigley Field (ChicagoCubs #1-NL) 1.068

9. Turner Field (Atlanta Braves #6-NL) 1.063

10. Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles #8-AL) 1.051

11. AT&T Park (San Francisco, California #15-NL) 1.045

12. Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees #7-AL) 1.04

13. Nationals Park (Washington Nationals #14-NL) 1.038

14. Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros #11-NL) 1.036

15. Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies #2-NL) 1.029

16. Angel Stadium (California Angels #10-AL) 1.017
Ok, the list above does not entirely match the first list. Why? Because I gave my opinion in the first list of parks and the second was some stats to them. Proves I am not always right. (Hope my wife doesn’t read this blog today).