Thursday, March 18, 2010

Minute Maid Park a middle-of-the-road power park

ESPN's Tristan Cockcroft gave out ballpark power rankings in an effort to see which ballparks lend themselves to more extra-base hits. Minute Maid Park was 13th...

Remember when the Astros' home ballpark once earned the nickname "Ten-Run Field"? Today it's almost entirely a neutral ballpark, with its lone advantage provided to right-handed power hitters (112 homer index from 2007-09). It makes sense, as the "Crawford Boxes" stand 315 feet down the left-field line, a perfect target for righty sluggers.