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Three-Year Lefty-Righty Splits For Each MLB Park

Most major league ballparks affect righthanded and lefthanded batters differently, so teams cannot necessarily rely on an overall park factor when searching for players most ideally suited for playing 81 games at home each year.

For example, Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field has played as the second-most favorable home run park for righthanded batters since 2009. However, just 11 parks have been less hospitable for lefty home-run hitters in that time. Appropriately, Paul Konerko, Carlos Quentin and Jermaine Dye dominate the recent single-season home run tallies for White Sox batters, while Jim Thome is the lone lefty to hit more than 18 in a season in the past decade.

The Indians’ Progressive Field produces the opposite effect. Lefty batters prosper by hitting the ball in the air in Cleveland (11th highest home run rate), while righty batters curse the 19-foot wall in left field (28th highest home runs rate). Find the righty/lefty hitting averages for all 30 parks during the past three seasons in the following two tables. Parks listed alphabetically by organization nickname.

All samples include performance by both home and visiting batters. All data generated by Baseball-Reference ballpark platoon splits.

* The Marlins move into Marlins Park in 2012, leaving Sun Life Stadium behind

** The Twins moved into Target Field in 2010, thus the sample covers just two seasons

PERFORMANCE BY RIGHTHANDED BATTERS

@ EACH BIG LEAGUE BALLPARK, 2009-11

PARK TEAM PA PCT HR RATE AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BIP
Angel Stadium Angels 10,421 56% 289 36.1 .253 .311 .400 .711 .147 .284
Minute Maid Park Astros 11,914 64% 304 39.2 .257 .314 .400 .714 .143 .293
O.co Coliseum Athletics 10,150 56% 212 47.9 .245 .306 .369 .675 .124 .281
Rogers Centre Blue Jays 11,848 63% 423 28.0 .260 .328 .446 .775 .186 .284
Turner Field Braves 9,845 53% 195 50.5 .246 .308 .369 .677 .123 .297
Miller Park Brewers 11,952 64% 359 33.3 .262 .326 .428 .754 .166 .300
Busch Stadium Cardinals 11,221 61% 236 47.5 .256 .319 .384 .702 .128 .290
Wrigley Field Cubs 12,081 65% 322 37.5 .263 .326 .412 .738 .149 .303
Chase Field D-backs 10,515 56% 331 31.8 .261 .329 .434 .764 .173 .302
Dodger Stadium Dodgers 10,679 58% 228 46.8 .243 .313 .364 .677 .121 .288
AT&T Park Giants 10,723 59% 225 47.7 .243 .308 .372 .679 .128 .289
Progressive Field Indians 9,193 49% 181 50.8 .251 .317 .380 .697 .129 .295
Safeco Field Mariners 10,028 55% 203 49.4 .234 .292 .353 .645 .118 .272
Sun Life Stadium* Marlins 11,134 60% 286 38.9 .256 .328 .407 .735 .151 .309
Citi Field Mets 10,327 55% 196 52.7 .253 .322 .379 .701 .126 .295
Nationals Park Nationals 10,815 58% 274 39.5 .258 .320 .404 .724 .145 .294
Camden Yards Orioles 10,132 53% 326 31.1 .270 .326 .431 .757 .162 .295
Petco Park Padres 10,618 58% 228 46.6 .225 .296 .346 .642 .121 .266
Citizens Bank Park Phillies 9,896 53% 246 40.2 .254 .314 .396 .710 .142 .294
PNC Park Pirates 11,006 60% 209 52.7 .261 .322 .392 .714 .131 .295
Rangers Ballpark Rangers 11,501 61% 375 30.7 .274 .338 .447 .785 .173 .299
Tropicana Field Rays 9,387 51% 267 35.2 .243 .315 .402 .717 .159 .282
Fenway Park Red Sox 9,922 53% 303 32.7 .276 .346 .450 .795 .174 .311
Great American BP Reds 12,100 65% 348 34.8 .256 .320 .408 .728 .152 .290
Coors Field Rockies 10,440 55% 296 35.3 .271 .332 .438 .770 .167 .309
Kauffman Stadium Royals 9,887 52% 245 40.4 .274 .331 .422 .753 .148 .305
Comerica Park Tigers 10,381 56% 287 36.2 .272 .335 .428 .763 .156 .306
Target Field** Twins 6,408 52% 146 43.9 .269 .320 .407 .727 .138 .302
U.S. Cellular Field White Sox 11,036 60% 384 28.7 .256 .326 .427 .753 .171 .283
Yankee Stadium Yankees 9,182 49% 279 32.9 .262 .336 .417 .753 .155 .296

At A Glance: Righthanded Batters High/Low

Percentage of Overall Plate Appearances (PCT) by RHB

HIGH: (tie) Great American Ballpark and Wrigley Field, 64.8 percent. LOW: Yankee Stadium, 48.7 percent.

Plate Appearances per Home Run (RATE) by RHB

HIGH: Rogers Centre, 28.0. LOW: (tie) Citi Field and PNC Park, 52.7.

Batting Average (AVG) by RHB

HIGH: Fenway Park, .276. LOW: Petco Park, .225.

On-Base Percentage (OBP) by RHB

HIGH: Fenway Park, .346. LOW: Safeco Field, .292.

Slugging Percentage (SLG) by RHB

HIGH: Fenway Park, .450. LOW: Petco Park, .346.

On-Base-Plus Slugging (OPS) by RHB

HIGH: Fenway Park, .795. LOW: Petco Park, .642.

Isolated Power (ISO) by RHB

HIGH: Rogers Centre, .186. LOW: Safeco Field, .118.

Batting Average on Balls in Play (BIP) by RHB

HIGH: Fenway Park, .311. LOW: Petco Park, .266.

PERFORMANCE BY LEFTHANDED BATTERS

@ EACH BIG LEAGUE BALLPARK, 2009-11

PARK TEAM PA PCT HR RATE AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BIP
Angel Stadium Angels 8,088 44% 173 46.8 .263 .336 .393 .729 .131 .302
Minute Maid Park Astros 6,600 36% 141 46.8 .266 .340 .412 .752 .146 .319
O.co Coliseum Athletics 8,030 44% 146 55.0 .252 .329 .377 .706 .125 .298
Rogers Centre Blue Jays 6,879 37% 202 34.1 .253 .320 .423 .743 .170 .298
Turner Field Braves 8,780 47% 208 42.2 .252 .335 .392 .727 .140 .297
Miller Park Brewers 6,779 36% 209 32.4 .257 .339 .429 .768 .171 .303
Busch Stadium Cardinals 7,175 39% 136 52.8 .258 .332 .382 .715 .124 .300
Wrigley Field Cubs 6,567 35% 153 42.9 .252 .338 .398 .736 .147 .308
Chase Field D-backs 8,166 44% 217 37.6 .267 .333 .438 .772 .171 .311
Dodger Stadium Dodgers 7,689 42% 147 52.3 .250 .320 .376 .696 .126 .294
AT&T Park Giants 7,415 41% 124 59.8 .241 .310 .365 .675 .123 .294
Progressive Field Indians 9,470 51% 249 38.0 .266 .338 .420 .757 .154 .300
Safeco Field Mariners 8,322 45% 191 43.6 .245 .313 .370 .684 .126 .287
Sun Life Stadium* Marlins 7,400 40% 144 51.4 .255 .334 .388 .722 .132 .310
Citi Field Mets 8,366 45% 152 55.0 .260 .334 .394 .728 .134 .299
Nationals Park Nationals 7,698 42% 186 41.4 .258 .330 .405 .735 .147 .296
Camden Yards Orioles 8,815 47% 271 32.5 .279 .346 .453 .799 .173 .309
Petco Park Padres 7,668 42% 126 60.9 .234 .319 .351 .670 .117 .290
Citizens Bank Park Phillies 8,713 47% 271 32.2 .254 .327 .423 .750 .169 .287
PNC Park Pirates 7,481 40% 179 41.8 .264 .333 .413 .745 .149 .304
Rangers Ballpark Rangers 7,226 39% 242 29.9 .265 .329 .440 .768 .175 .296
Tropicana Field Rays 8,890 49% 238 37.4 .242 .318 .394 .712 .152 .280
Fenway Park Red Sox 8,968 47% 220 40.8 .268 .341 .430 .771 .162 .314
Great American BP Reds 6,563 35% 232 28.3 .264 .342 .444 .786 .181 .300
Coors Field Rockies 8,532 45% 258 33.1 .287 .364 .472 .836 .185 .329
Kauffman Stadium Royals 9,035 48% 152 59.4 .278 .347 .411 .758 .133 .321
Comerica Park Tigers 8,151 44% 191 42.7 .260 .330 .400 .730 .140 .296
Target Field** Twins 5,855 48% 96 61.0 .268 .335 .393 .728 .126 .308
U.S. Cellular Field White Sox 7,444 40% 164 45.4 .262 .329 .392 .721 .130 .303
Yankee Stadium Yankees 9,686 51% 390 24.8 .266 .347 .464 .811 .198 .293

At A Glance: Lefthanded Batters High/Low

Percentage of Overall Plate Appearances (PCT) by LHB

HIGH: Yankee Stadium, 51.3 percent. LOW: (tie) Great American Ballpark and Wrigley Field, 35.2 percent.

Plate Appearances per Home Run (RATE) by LHB

HIGH: Yankee Stadium, 24.8. LOW: Target Field**, 61.0.

Batting Average (AVG) by LHB

HIGH: Coors Field, .287. LOW: Petco Park, .234.

On-Base Percentage (OBP) by LHB

HIGH: Coors Field, .364. LOW: AT&T Park, .310.

Slugging Percentage (SLG) by LHB

HIGH: Coors Field, .472. LOW: Petco Park, .351.

On-Base-Plus Slugging (OPS) by LHB

HIGH: Coors Field, .836. LOW: Petco Park, .670.

Isolated Power (ISO) by LHB

HIGH: Yankee Stadium, .198. LOW: Petco Park, .117.

Batting Average on Balls in Play (BIP) by LHB

HIGH: Coors Field, .329. LOW: Tropicana Field, .280.

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