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Mathletics by Wayne L. Winston

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PARK FACTORS

During the 2006 season right fielder Brad Hawpe of the Colorado Rockies had a basic Runs Created rating of 5.04 runs per game. During the 2006 season San Diego Padre second baseman Josh Barfield had a basic Runs Created rating of 4.21 runs per game. On the surface, this would seem to indicate that Hawpe had a much better hitting season than did Barfield. Most baseball fans, however, realize that the Rockies play in Coors Field, which is notorious for being a hitter's park because the air is thin (the ball carries farther) and the park is not that big. On the other hand, the Padres play in spacious Petco Park, and the Padres are routinely involved in low-scoring games. Does the fact that Hawpe played in a hitter's park and Barfield ...

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