We all know it’s easy to hit home runs at Citizen’s Bank Park. But just in case, Bill James is here to remind us.

The Bill James Handbook 2008 listed its annual ballpark rankings, and found Citizens Bank Park to be the easiest place in the National League to hit home runs.

Right. Nothing new there.  But just for fun, Bill, tell us again how easy it is to hit homers in Philly.

The Bank had a home-run index of 145.

A 100 ranking is considered neutral, so that means it was 45 percent easier to hit a home run in Philadelphia than at any other National League ballpark last season. That ranked ahead of Great American Ball Park (133), Coors Field (119), Miller Park (114), Chase Field (111) and Wrigley Field (111).

Oh, but what is this? A twist?

It seems that while the Shitizen is an easy place to swat dingers, it’s not a place where teams score a ton of runs.

Interestingly, the Bank had a runs index of just 103, meaning it was only slightly easier to score runs at the Bank than at other National League ballparks.

Ha! Take that John Smotz! The Phillies’ stadium isn’t as big a joke as you’d like to believe.

Just how hard is it to hit singles in Philly?

The Bank had a 99 hits index, 93 doubles index, and 88 triples index.

But, wait, I don’t get it. Why is it harder to hit singles, doubles and triples at the Bank?

One theory tossed around was that because the ballpark is so small, it was more difficult to hit singles, doubles and triples.

I guess that makes sense. Although, as previously reported, the Bank isn’t that small. In fact, it has almost the same dimensions that the Vet had. The problem with the Bank is the wind.

7 Responses to “Dispelling the Citizen band box myth”

  1. I think the fans would have preferred the baby blues.

  2. Wow! Drop the stripes and stick with these for all home games. Much cleaner look.

  3. Sarah Green says:

    I like the red belt, especially in contrast with the blue stars and red-and-blue piping. That is snazzy.

  4. Well, I hear the Vet was also a bit of a hitter’s park back in the day.

    Anyhow, yes, it makes total sense that a homerun-prone park diminishes the likelihood of the x-base hit. the fences are closer, leaving less room for balls to fall in play. if it does, the OFer doesn’t have to go very far to retrieve it.

    103 still makes it a hitter’s park though. It may not be as much as Colorado, Cincinnati, Arizona, Wrigley, etc., but it’s still a hitter’s park.

    And as for the singles thing, again, the fence has something to do with that too. But in a one-year span, things like defense have to be taken into account, as does the length of the infield grass.

  5. Big Papi hits roughly 1 triple a year, therefore he is not as good a hitter as you thought.

    Paul makes other good suggestions.

  6. But the point is that the fences aren’t that close at the Bank. They’re closer than the fences in San Diego and at Shea, but they’re not freakishly close. They’re the same as the fences at the Vet. And while it can be argued that the Vet was a hitters park, you never heard anyone bitch about it the way pichers bitch about the Bank (unless they were complaining about the artificial turf).

  7. Oh, and in other Phillies news, the Phils are one of the teams who is watching Kris Benson pitch today. I think Kris would be an excellent fit for Philly. And when I say Kris, I obviously mean Anna.

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