Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part III
posted at 8/31/2011 1:10 AM EDT
In Response to Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part III
Another factor has to be considered: playing in fenway may alter a players approach and "swing". Thinking "go the other way" might mess with their normal thought process rendering them less capable of producing. Also, that Fenway mindset and "adjustment" to their swing could transfer to away games and hurt their away numbers, since it was hard for them to "change back" quickly. It's easier for a pitcher to get a guy out of he knows he trying to pull the ball (RHB in Fenway) of go the other way (LHB in Fenway) all the time.
Posted by moonslav59
Fenway's affect on a hitter's swing away from the park is something perhaps the hitters themselves can offer the best judgements.
But if you are isolating home advantage beyond venue dimensions, simply look at players who played in Fenway and then moved on.
How drastic is the disparity after they left Boston?
I recently did research on Lynn, and I think his numbers over-all favored the road slightly after he left the RedSox. He played for the O's/Tigers/Angels. He's a good case study.
If memory serves, I believe Fisk's road numbers, playing for Chicago, were close to his home ones, if not better.
What I find interesting is the gray area involved weighing out home advantage against venue, considering the player's ability/swing type. IMO, some players thrive on home cooking. But more often than not, venue dimensions will over-ride it when they are extreme.
AGONE in Petco/Fenway is a strong example.