Does Angels Stadium Have The Most Hitter-Friendly Dimensions?
The ballpark was ranked as the 19th lowest-run scoring and 20th lowest-home run hitting park in 2013, according to ESPN’s ballpark factors. However, when you take away any environmental factors and just look at the park’s dimensions, it should actually be one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in the league. The stadium doesn’t offer short porches like right field in Yankee Stadium (314′) or left field in Minute Maid Park (315′), but it does seem to offer some of the most attainable dimensions all-around.
Let’s take a look at the games two best power hitters, Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera, and how their seasons would have differed had they played their 81 home games in Angels Stadium instead of Camden Yards and Comerica Park, respectively.
Chris Davis (BAL) .286 AVG 53 HR’s 138 RBI’s in 2013
Chris Davis had a tremendous year at the plate this past season, but what would his stats have looked like if he would have played his home games at Angels Stadium? Davis blasted 28 baseballs over the fences in Camden Yards, although when strictly looking at the distances of fly balls he hit in that park last season, he actually should have had 29 home runs at home. Just one more home run… no big deal though, right?
Now, place Davis and those same fly ball distances in Angels Stadium and his season changes dramatically. The following diagrams show his fly ball distances in Camden Yards (left) and Angels Stadium (right):
The marks that are beyond the depiction of the stadium are baseballs that were hit for home runs (go figure) and based on these diagrams, Chris Davis would have hit nine more home runs if he played his home games at Angels Stadium, giving him 38 at home or a new season’s total of 63 if we consider just fly ball distances and the fences of the parks in question, an incredible statistic given that Camden Yards was one of the most homer-friendly parks in the game this season.
Miguel Cabrera (DET) .348 AVG 44 HR’s 137 RBI’s in 2013
Miguel Cabrera is in the same situation as Chris Davis in the sense that he also enjoyed a tremendous 2013 campaign, but could have had an even better one if he played his home games in Angels Stadium instead of Comerica Park. Miguel Cabrera gave Tigers fans 17 souvenirs last season, but again if we strictly look at the distances of fly balls he hit at home last season, Cabrera would have actually hit 19 home runs at home in 2013.
Now, just as we did with Davis, place Miguel Cabrera and those same fly ball distances in Angels Stadium and his season changes dramatically as well, although I think you’ll find Cabrera should definitely consider calling the Angels if he somehow hits the open market after the 2015 season. The following diagrams show his fly ball distances in Comerica Park (left) and Angels Stadium (right):
Based on these diagrams, Miguel Cabrera would have hit eleven more home runs if he played his home games at Angels Stadium, giving him 30 at home or a new season’s total of 57 if you consider just fly ball distances and the fences of the parks in question.
Other Important Notes
I have not displayed these diagrams on this post but I also researched four of the other top home run hitters in 2013: Edwin Encarnacion (TOR), Adam Dunn (CHW), Mark Trumbo (LAA, now ARI), and Pedro Alvarez (PIT.) In the cases of these players, each one of them would have hit more fly balls out at Angels Stadium than any other MLB park given the distances of fly balls they hit in their respective home parks this season.
I would like to remind you that I have not considered any environmental factors throughout this process and strictly looked at the distances of the fly balls these players hit in their home parks and how they would have favored if they were instead put up against the dimensions of Angels Stadium. Environmental factors seemingly turn Angels Stadium into one of the more pitcher-friendly confines the league has to offer (another interesting concept to explore), but the park seems to have the most hitter-friendly all-around dimensions when compared to the other twenty-nine MLB parks.