Originally Posted by Red Heeler
Reds have a bunch of pitchers who tend to give up the gopher-ball. Reds have a bunch of hitters who tend to hit the gopher ball. I would vote that this is more of a case of players skewing the stats for the ballpark than the other way around.
Over the last three years (2003-2005), there have been 1262 HRs hit in games involving the Reds (Reds HR + Opponents HR). Of those 1262 HR, 681 (54%) have been at the GABP while only 581 (46%) have been hit on the road. That 8% difference is pretty darn big and has been escalating. Last year (2005), the gap was 12% with 441 total HR, 246 at the GABP (56%) and 195 on the road (44%).
In each of the last three years, the Reds + their opponents have hit more homers at the GABP than they have on the opponents home turf. That is what we stats-geeks call a trend. There can be no doubt about it ... the GABP is a fairly extreme HR park.