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.