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Three-Year Lefty-Righty Splits For Each MLB Park

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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
PARKTEAMPAPCTHRRATEAVGOBPSLGOPSISOBIP
Angel StadiumAngels10,42156%28936.1.253.311.400.711.147.284
Minute Maid ParkAstros11,91464%30439.2.257.314.400.714.143.293
O.co ColiseumAthletics10,15056%21247.9.245.306.369.675.124.281
Rogers CentreBlue Jays11,84863%42328.0.260.328.446.775.186.284
Turner FieldBraves9,84553%19550.5.246.308.369.677.123.297
Miller ParkBrewers11,95264%35933.3.262.326.428.754.166.300
Busch StadiumCardinals11,22161%23647.5.256.319.384.702.128.290
Wrigley FieldCubs12,08165%32237.5.263.326.412.738.149.303
Chase FieldD-backs10,51556%33131.8.261.329.434.764.173.302
Dodger StadiumDodgers10,67958%22846.8.243.313.364.677.121.288
AT&T ParkGiants10,72359%22547.7.243.308.372.679.128.289
Progressive FieldIndians9,19349%18150.8.251.317.380.697.129.295
Safeco FieldMariners10,02855%20349.4.234.292.353.645.118.272
Sun Life Stadium*Marlins11,13460%28638.9.256.328.407.735.151.309
Citi FieldMets10,32755%19652.7.253.322.379.701.126.295
Nationals ParkNationals10,81558%27439.5.258.320.404.724.145.294
Camden YardsOrioles10,13253%32631.1.270.326.431.757.162.295
Petco ParkPadres10,61858%22846.6.225.296.346.642.121.266
Citizens Bank ParkPhillies9,89653%24640.2.254.314.396.710.142.294
PNC ParkPirates11,00660%20952.7.261.322.392.714.131.295
Rangers BallparkRangers11,50161%37530.7.274.338.447.785.173.299
Tropicana FieldRays9,38751%26735.2.243.315.402.717.159.282
Fenway ParkRed Sox9,92253%30332.7.276.346.450.795.174.311
Great American BPReds12,10065%34834.8.256.320.408.728.152.290
Coors FieldRockies10,44055%29635.3.271.332.438.770.167.309
Kauffman StadiumRoyals9,88752%24540.4.274.331.422.753.148.305
Comerica ParkTigers10,38156%28736.2.272.335.428.763.156.306
Target Field**Twins6,40852%14643.9.269.320.407.727.138.302
U.S. Cellular FieldWhite Sox11,03660%38428.7.256.326.427.753.171.283
Yankee StadiumYankees9,18249%27932.9.262.336.417.753.155.296

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.

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PERFORMANCE BY LEFTHANDED BATTERS
@ EACH BIG LEAGUE BALLPARK, 2009-11
PARKTEAMPAPCTHRRATEAVGOBPSLGOPSISOBIP
Angel StadiumAngels8,08844%17346.8.263.336.393.729.131.302
Minute Maid ParkAstros6,60036%14146.8.266.340.412.752.146.319
O.co ColiseumAthletics8,03044%14655.0.252.329.377.706.125.298
Rogers CentreBlue Jays6,87937%20234.1.253.320.423.743.170.298
Turner FieldBraves8,78047%20842.2.252.335.392.727.140.297
Miller ParkBrewers6,77936%20932.4.257.339.429.768.171.303
Busch StadiumCardinals7,17539%13652.8.258.332.382.715.124.300
Wrigley FieldCubs6,56735%15342.9.252.338.398.736.147.308
Chase FieldD-backs8,16644%21737.6.267.333.438.772.171.311
Dodger StadiumDodgers7,68942%14752.3.250.320.376.696.126.294
AT&T ParkGiants7,41541%12459.8.241.310.365.675.123.294
Progressive FieldIndians9,47051%24938.0.266.338.420.757.154.300
Safeco FieldMariners8,32245%19143.6.245.313.370.684.126.287
Sun Life Stadium*Marlins7,40040%14451.4.255.334.388.722.132.310
Citi FieldMets8,36645%15255.0.260.334.394.728.134.299
Nationals ParkNationals7,69842%18641.4.258.330.405.735.147.296
Camden YardsOrioles8,81547%27132.5.279.346.453.799.173.309
Petco ParkPadres7,66842%12660.9.234.319.351.670.117.290
Citizens Bank ParkPhillies8,71347%27132.2.254.327.423.750.169.287
PNC ParkPirates7,48140%17941.8.264.333.413.745.149.304
Rangers BallparkRangers7,22639%24229.9.265.329.440.768.175.296
Tropicana FieldRays8,89049%23837.4.242.318.394.712.152.280
Fenway ParkRed Sox8,96847%22040.8.268.341.430.771.162.314
Great American BPReds6,56335%23228.3.264.342.444.786.181.300
Coors FieldRockies8,53245%25833.1.287.364.472.836.185.329
Kauffman StadiumRoyals9,03548%15259.4.278.347.411.758.133.321
Comerica ParkTigers8,15144%19142.7.260.330.400.730.140.296
Target Field**Twins5,85548%9661.0.268.335.393.728.126.308
U.S. Cellular FieldWhite Sox7,44440%16445.4.262.329.392.721.130.303
Yankee StadiumYankees9,68651%39024.8.266.347.464.811.198.293

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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