Welcome to Rangers Ballpark
The most hitter-friendly park
not named Coors Field.
Since it opened in 1994,
Rangers Ballpark has been a boon to the home team. Since its opening, the Rangers home .OBP, from now on
referred to as hOBP, has been on average, 29 points higher than their rOBP,
(road .OBP. Another large
difference is visible in the slugging category. Since the park’s opening, the Rangers hSLG has been on
average, 49 points higher than their rSLG. Taking into account both stats, the Rangers tOPS has been a
******** 76 points higher, on average, than their rOPS. This is not just a case of home-field
advantage. All teams have
traditionally hit well at Rangers Ballpark.
This park has made hitters
great. The great Ivan Rodriguez, lauded
as much for his bat as for his fantastic glove is one of the beneficiaries of
Ivan Rodriguez, Career,
Rangers Ballpark: .326/.362/.533
Ivan Rodriguez, Career, Everywhere
While Rodriguez, whose career
has included not only 13 years in Texas, but also six years combined in
Florida, Detroit, New York, and Houston, played out his prime in Texas;
certainly effecting part of the large deficit in his numbers. But a gap as big as this, 37 points in
BA, 34 points in OBP, 86 points in SLG, and a ******** 120 points in OPS, can not be
explained solely by his age.
Steroids could play a role in this, but I don’t trust Jose Canseco. The main point is that excluding
outside factors, Ivan Rodriguez benefited greatly from Rangers Ballpark.
It may not have as great a
reputation as Coors Field, but Rangers Ballpark is a great asset for Texas;
fullheartadly deserving the title of Coors Field of the American League.