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Homer-Friendly Parks, Javy’s Steady D, Ownership, and Other Cubs Bullets

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The Little Boy asked to watch Cubs highlights this morning – woo hoo – so I set him up with the 9th inning of Game 4 of the 2016 NLDS against the Giants. That’s a good one.

  • Given the juiced ball, I was curious what the 2019 park factors looked like for homers (i.e., how relatively friendly or unfriendly the various ballparks were for homers), and how things might’ve changed a bit from our “sense” of how various parks play:

  • I think it’s very interesting that places like Citizen’s Bank and Globe Life dipped down on the list after historically being EXTREMELY homer-friendly parks. I also think it’s fun that Rogers Centre was as easy to hit a homer as Oracle Park was difficult. Yankee Stadium went from one of the most homer-friendly parks to one of the least.
  • Wrigley Field played homer-unfriendly this past year, which is mostly a product of the weather – Wrigley Field is one of the most inconsistent park factor ballparks in baseball for that reason. Heck, the whole NL Central was not particularly friendly for dingers outside of Cincinnati. The Cubs still shattered their season home run record, though.
  • Also, hmm, Miller Park was home run neutral overall last year, eh? But I was told that anything we noticed about homers there was just because EVERYONE hits lots of homers at Miller Park …
  • People think Javy Baez is great at defense because of the flashy plays (and, to be sure, he’s incredible at that stuff) … but look at this – he’s also just very, very steady:

  • If they skip for a second straight year, it would be a very, very disappointing decision by the Ricketts Family:

  • I get that there would be some deeply uncomfortable questions – and not all about baseball – but that’s what made it so impressive and connective that the owners of the team were willing to sit there and speak with their most passionate fans at the Convention. You want to avoid being thought of as “the big, bad, rich owners”? One great way is to never present yourself in that light. Before last year, the Ricketts – Tom, especially – had done a great job of giving themselves an everymanCubfan air about themselves, around the ballpark and at the Convention. Abandoning the panel last year – and claiming it was because the panel was poorly-rated – was a mistake, and doing it again this year would only compound that mistake. It makes “the owners” seem more and more like a thing rather than people.
  • This is wild, and kinda sad:

  • Some light for your morning:

  • And even more light:

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