Last Updated on January 12, 2024 by Matt Musico
When fans head to a stadium to catch an MLB game, the things they’d like to see over the span of nine innings can vary. More often than not, though, people want to see a home run or two. After all, it’s one of the most exciting plays in baseball (if you ask me). So, that also got me wondering — which stadiums are the best MLB ballparks for home runs?
Certain venues have built up a reputation for being more hitter-friendly than others. But do the stats/analytics still back those assumptions up?
I took some time to look at Statcast’s Park Factors Leaderboard for the past half-decade to see where homers are most frequent around the league.
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Best MLB Ballparks for Dingers
Factors Affecting Home Runs
One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every MLB ballpark is unique. Sure, all the bases are 90 feet apart and all the mounds are 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate. But beyond that, there are nooks, crannies, and quirks that only happen at certain parks.
With that said, there are several factors that can impact how frequently home runs are hit during games. You’ll find five of them below.
Ballparks located at high altitudes, such as Coors Field in Denver, tend to have more home runs due to the thin air. The ball travels farther in the thin air, making it easier for players to do some yardwork.
Let’s also not forget the ridiculous two-game series the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants played in Mexico City in 2023, as well. Coors sits 5,200 feet above sea level, while Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu is a whopping 7,349 feet above sea level.
The distance from home plate to the outfield walls can obviously also influence the number of home runs that are slugged. Ballparks with shorter outfield walls, such as Yankee Stadium, tend to have more home runs.
The direction and speed of the wind can also impact the number of home runs hit during a game. A tailwind can help carry the ball over the outfield wall, while a headwind can make it more challenging to hit a home run.
Temperature and Humidity
Warmer temperatures and higher humidity levels can cause the ball to travel farther, making it easier for players to hit home runs.
Ballparks with weaker pitching staffs may see more home runs than ballparks with stronger pitching staffs. Why do you think MLB bettors and daily fantasy players like loading up on opposing hitters when they play the Rockies at Coors Field?
What is Statcast’s Park Factors Metric?
There are a handful of websites on the interwebs that evaluate how hitter-friendly or pitcher-friendly a big-league park is. I decided to go with Statcast’s metric because their data is commonly used throughout the league and among fans.
Here’s the explanation behind how they compiled data to present for park factors, straight off the website:
Statcast park effects show the observed effect of each displayed stat based on the events in the selected park. Each number is set so that “100” is average for that metric, and the park-specific number is generated by looking at each batter and pitcher, controlled by handedness, and comparing the frequency of that metric in the selected park compared to the performance of those players in other parks.
For example, the 135 HR mark for 2018-2020 at Great American Ball Park does not mean the Reds hit 35% more home runs at their home park. It means for batters and pitchers who played both at GABP and elsewhere, 35% more home runs were observed at GABP.
What I like about Statcast’s Park Factors is that they also include a three-year rolling average. So, if a park was quite homer-friendly one year but it typically isn’t, that will show up in the stats. Each three-year rolling average displays data from the selected year and the two prior. So, if I have “2023” selected, it will display data from 2021-23. If I have “2020” selected, it will show data from 2018-20.
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Which Are The Best MLB Ballparks for Homers?
MLB’s 2023 regular season is officially in the books. With that, check out the below list, which is the best 15 ballparks in baseball for home runs. This is for the rolling three-year average between 2021 and 2023. I’ve included the rating just for funzies:
- Great American Ball Park: 131
- Dodger Stadium: 122
- Yankee Stadium: 116
- Citizens Bank Park: 113
- Angel Stadium: 112
- Globe Life Field: 111
- Truist Park: 111
- American Family Field: 109
- Coors Field: 108
- Nationals Park: 107
- Wrigley Field: 106
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards: 105
- Guaranteed Rate Field: 105
- Rogers Centre: 104
- Target Field: 104
Here’s what the three-year rolling average is for the top 15 ballparks during 2017-19. (I excluded 2020 because it was the pandemic-shortened season that had just 60 games on the schedule.)
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards: 122
- Great American Ball Park: 121
- Coors Field: 118
- Citizens Bank Park: 117
- Yankee Stadium: 114
- Globe Life Park in Arlington: 112
- Rogers Centre: 111
- Dodger Stadium: 111
- Nationals Park: 110
- American Family Field: 110
- Minute Maid Park: 110
- Guaranteed Rate Field: 106
- Angel Stadium: 105
- Chase Field: 101
- T-Mobile Park: 100
While the order looks quite different in a few spots, both of these lists mostly contain the same general cast of characters. So, it’s quite obvious where the best places are around Major League Baseball when it comes to home runs taking place.
Ways You Can Get In On The Action
There’s one very obvious way you can take advantage of this newfound information. But, there actually is more than one way.
That obvious one I mentioned? That’d be actually going to a game at one of these ballparks. The above links on each of the stadium names will bring you to landing pages for tickets to peruse from our friends at Vivid Seats.
If seeing games played at these stadiums in person is something you’re looking to do, it’s a good idea to keep track of your travels. I’ve been to 17 active MLB ballparks, and seeing a game at each one is a baseball bucket list item of mine. I have two products in the Daily Dingers Etsy Shop that can help with this. One is an MLB Ballpark Map poster showing where all the stadiums are on a map of the United States. The other is a simple checklist that also includes addresses for all 30 stadiums.
Another way you can get involved — if you live or are currently in a state that allows it — is by placing a bet on certain players to go deep. Sports betting has boomed and continues to open up in various states across the country. Outside of betting on the outcome of a game, you can also bet on certain outcomes throughout the game. Have a feeling that Pete Alonso, Aaron Judge, or someone else is going to go deep on any given night? Throw some money down and see if you can capitalize on that hunch.
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