McKechnie Park Effects — Some Context

McKechnie Park Effects — Some Context

This is a followup to Kevin Creagh’s article on the effect of McKechnie Field on the hitting stats of the Bradenton Marauders. Kevin concludes that McKechnie may inflate those stats and also that Altoona’s Blair County Ballpark may deflate them once those players reach the Curve.  There are a couple aspects to this discussion that I think need to be addressed.  With respect to McKechnie, one obvious question is “inflate over what?”  Specifically, are the hitting stats inflated above the players’ “true ability,” or are they simply inflated over what those players would have produced had they played in a typical Florida State League park?  The second question is, What about the hitters who moved up to Altoona from Bradenton last year?

First to recap, and add to, the ballpark data, startin...

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