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No Surprise, Baltimore Orioles’ Oriole Park at Camden Yards Among Top Offensive Stadiums in 2013

February 5th, 2014 at 7:33 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles play in one of the most gorgeous and pristine ball parks in all of baseball, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but over the years, Camden Yards has become a very hitter friendly ball park. Among the 30 stadiums in the league, the Yard was among the highest ranked in regards to offensive production in 2013.

'Camden Yards' photo (c) 2008, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

This shouldn't really come as a surprise to any fan of the Orioles, especially since Baltimore's lineup is one of the best offensive lineups in the game today, so obviously many of the stadium's offensive numbers are going to be high.

ESPN's park factor rankings, which compares the rate of stats at home vs. the rate of stats on the road. A rate higher than 1.000 favors the hitter. Below 1.000 favors the pitcher. Teams with home games in multiple stadiums list aggregate Park Factors.

Camden Yards ranks in the top ten in runs and home runs, and is one of just 13 stadiums that favor the hitter in regards to runs and home runs. Again, when you think of the fact that the Orioles led all of baseball in home runs in 2013, these numbers should not surprise you whatsoever.

Also, according to Baseball Reference's overall park factor, Oriole Park at Camden Yards ranked third in all of baseball for favoring the hitters trailing just Coors Field in Colorado and U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

'Camden Yards National Anthem' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

It's not just a friendly ball park for the Orioles, but any team that visits the Yard.

You can dive even deeper into the numbers and see that Camden Yards is the most hitter friendly ball park in all of baseball for left handed hitters, just barely beating out Minute Maid Park in Houston. In 2013 left handers hit a home run in 4.7% of total at bats, which is the highest in baseball (surely Chris Davis had something to do with that). Echoing that, Camden Yards also led all of baseball for left handers in slugging percentage (.457), OPS (.791), and total bases per hit (1.73).

How did right handers fare? Although not as good as the lefties, the righties have a good time at the Yard as well. Right handers average a home run in 3.7% of their at bats, which is second behind the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Camden Yards also ranks among the highest for right handers in total bases per hit (1.65), batting average (.251), and slugging percentage (.414).

As you can see, Camden Yards is one of the most offensive stadiums in the game today, which makes it difficult for pitchers, but an important thing to remember is that Baltimore sports one of the best offenses in the league, which helps skew the numbers a little bit. Despite the Orioles great offense, the stadium as a whole is unarguably a hitter friendly ball park, which is not a surprise.


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