Parks, Stadiums and Fields

July 30th, 2008 by pbr

32 different sports venues have hosted major league baseball games this season, including sites in Tokyo and Orlando, and it’s hard to tell by looking at them which are Stadiums, which are Fields, and which are Parks. The best way to tell is to look at what they call themselves, even though that can also be confusing. Tropicana Field looks like a dome, but they call it a field. Minute Maid Park has a roof, but it’s not really dome shaped, and it used to be a Field before the Enron collapse, but now it’s a Park. Chase Field has a similar roof, but it used to be a Park. The place they play in Toronto used to be a Dome but now it’s a Centre. But the easiest way to tell is this – if you’re getting hit by a lot of pitches this season, you’re probably at a Field.

In 421 games played at Fields this year, batters have been hit about once every 100 plate appearances, and there have been an average of 0.77 hit batters per game. Centre’s are the next most likely place to get plunked, per plate appearance, but there’s only one of those. Rogers Centre. Games there average 0.69 hit batters, at a rate of one every 111 plate appearances, but they’ve only had 52 games. Stadiums have hosted 380 games, and had 253 batters plunked in them, for an average of 0.67 per game.

Here’s the full list, by venue type:

Venue Type # of Venues HBP Games PA HBP/G PA/HBP
Field 8 323 421 32,419 0.77 100
Centre 1 36 52 3,985 0.69 111
Stadium 8 253 380 29,041 0.67 115
Park 12 405 632 49,324 0.64 122
Coliseum 1 32 58 4,397 0.55 137
Dome 2 23 57 4,295 0.4 187

2 Responses to “Parks, Stadiums and Fields”

  1. Corey G says:

    Good Lord, you’re BACK!

    In honor of your website, I’ve been yelling “HIT HIM! HE’S NO CRAIG BIGGIO!” at the pitchers.

    It just rolls off the tongue better than “HE’S NO HUGHIE YEE-HAW JENNINGS!”

    I’ve been checking PlunkBiggio.com religiously every few months, to make sure that I haven’t missed any essential plunking news. I had faith that if a player was hit by a pitcher with the same last name as him, or hit by the same pitcher in the same inning in multiple games, or hit more than once at the same score, that you’d be all over it.

    Your website made the Astros my second-favorite team, after my Twins.

    Thank you for returning.

    I hope that you can make the word “Biggioesque” a common baseball term for long-playing, oft-plunked batters.

  2. pbr says:

    thanks corey – I’m on the lookout for anyone worthy of the adjective Biggioesque, and you’ll certainly be able to read about it here when we find him.

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