Originally Posted by dougdirt
I didnt really look at the leagues, just the parks. I do know that this season Dayton is playing as a slight hitters park, but I tend to not look at park factors from 1 season as they can be dramatically changed by the group of players that are there.
Likewise though here are the park factors for the MWL vs SAL for just this season
League 1B 2B 3B HR SO BB
MID +0.004 -0.007 -0.001 -0.004 +0.008 -0.007
SAL -0.005 +0.007 +0.001 +0.004 -0.007 +0.007
Of course, a 1 season, or in this case, not even a full season can really be attributed to sample size/players.
Looking at Lakewood this year the HR rate is slightly below average, but from 2003-2005 it was insanely low.
It's always important to understand the league contexts. Your relation to sea level, average humidity, average barometric pressure, average number of windy days and park configurations all play a critical role.
For instance, the Pioneer League with its thin air and lunar gravity is a far better hitting circuit than the Appy League. The Northwest League is a better hitting circuit than the NY-P. The MWL has long been considered the hitters circuit in low A in opposing to the heavy air pitching circuit that is the Sally League. The Cali League is a hitters paradise while the FSL heavily favors pitchers (with the Carolina League tilting slightly toward pitching). The Texas League is infamous for hitting while the Southern and Eastern leagues are pitching circuits. PCL - hitters league. IL - pitchers league.
There's no doubt in my mind if you normalized the stats from Howard and Stubbs based on where they played, the already sizable gap between them would grow to over 100+ OPS points.