Originally Posted by New York Red
I understand how OPS+ works. My point is it shouldn't be such a factor that it places one player ahead of another player who has unquestionably outperformed him. Jay plays in a park that gives up more HR, but Pence plays in a park that allows for more triples, and probably doubles as well. It works both ways. A ballpark can account for some differences statistically, but it doesn't expain every statistical edge Bruce has over Pence.
It doesn't work both ways though. HR are directly tied to AVG/OBP/SLG/Runs/RBI. A home run has no chance of being caught. A home run that lands 2 rows deep here may be caught in San Francisco. If it is caught there, that hurts your average, on-base percentage and slugging (and thus OPS). A double there is going to be at least a double here. The ballpark could explain most of the edge Bruce has over Pence. Maybe it doesn't, maybe all of his home runs would have been home runs in San Francisco (we could really look it up if we wanted to, but I don't want to take the time to do it).