Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 02 January 2010

Some baseball pundits have credited the design of ballparks such as: old Yankee Stadium in New York, Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Boston’s Fenway Park and Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park for the prosperity at the plate that power hitters including Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Ernie Banks enjoyed over the years, and for the dominance of today’s home run heroes like Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Howard (insert link to Chasing 500).  

old Yankee Stadium in New York

Chicago’s Wrigley Field

Boston’s Fenway Park

Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park
But just how much of a difference does it make to play the majority of your games in stadiums knows as “MLB Launch Pads” for their propensity to yield more long balls throughout the season than other parks around the league?

Take a peek at the number of home runs hit in MLB parks during the 2009 season and you will see that Chicago’s US Cellular Field is in the Top 6 with an average of 2.4 home runs per game. By comparison, Busch Stadium in St. Louis averaged 1.5 home runs per game during 2009.  A fact that hasn’t hurt Albert Pujols who finished 2009 with a MLB best 47 blasts, while batting .327 and knocking in 135 RBIs. See Chasing 500 insert link to article once it’s on site.!Technorati!Newsvine!Blogmarks!Yahoo!
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