Home Run Heavens: These MLB stadiums are the best spots to see dingers in 2018
As the old saying goes, "chicks dig the long ball", but since that's likely to be deemed offensive in 2018, let's just say we all dig the long ball. Which is true, and you can look no further than the 2017 postseason, one that featured an all-time record of 104 total home runs, 22 of them coming in the epic World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros, another all-time record. It all added up to the most-watched postseason since 2011, and much of that could be fairly attributed to the deluge of dingers.
Of course, this new style of play is not without its detractors, specifically pitchers who believe there was a change to the ball at some point in the last few years. That may be true, but it's also possible that hitters are as good as ever at launching the ball out of the ballpark. Whatever you believe, the point remains: fans want to see home runs.
As we embark on the 2018 season, it feels like another record-setting home run season is imminent, an exciting prospect for fans who enjoy attending live games and seeing baseballs sail over the fence. That got the guys over at Fanatics.com crunching the numbers to find out where fans have the best chance of seeing a home run in person. The study takes into account homers at every ballpark over the last five MLB seasons, and while some of the results are obvious, a few may surprise you. Here's a breakdown of where you have the best chance to see a homer in 2018.
Sure, Yankee Stadium seems like the top choice, especially with the team's newest additions, and balls fly out of Coors Field like few other stadiums, but there is no better place to be than Baltimore for homers. Oriole Park at Camden Yards has seen a total of 1,110 home runs over the last five seasons, 616 coming from the home team. With a lineup that still features Chris Davis, Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo, 2018 should be another fun year for O's fans. As for away teams, you might want to get a ticket for a Red Sox-Oriole's game, as Boston has hit the most at Camden Yards the last five seasons with 142.
Affectionately called "the biggest joke in baseball" by the NY Post back in 2009, the House that Ruth Built continues to see home runs in droves with its "shawt pawches" in both left and right field. As much as opposing fans and players whine, there are few better spots to be on the road than the Bronx, where there's been a total of 1,044 homers in the last five years, just 528 coming from the Yanks and the other 516 from visitors. The biggest Yankee-killers have been the Orioles, with 138 homers since 2012.
If you're noticing a trend, the AL East is not only a division big on the home run ball, but also on giving it up. Despite both foul lines being extended nearly 15 feet longer than Yankee Stadium, the Rogers Centre kept up the pace over the last five years, with a total of 1,010 home runs, 528 coming from the Blue Jays. Even with the loss of Edwin Encarnacion to Cleveland in 2017, Toronto still ranked 10th in the league in home runs. That could change in 2018 with the loss of Jose Bautista, who hit 150 home runs in his home park in the last five years.
Great American Ball Park
Look, going to see a team that hasn't cracked 70 wins since 2014 hardly sounds promising, but for opposing fans, Great American Ball Park is a home run heaven. Of the 1,004 homers the Reds home field has yielded the last five seasons, 552 have come from the visitors, and 158 of them from the Milwuakee Brewers, the most of any road team at any ball park.
Perhaps the first place most baseball fans think of when it comes to dingers is Coors Field due to the high elevation, but the size of the Rockies field keeps it from topping the list. Yet Coors still sees a bunch of blasts, with 992 homers over the last five years, 534 coming from the home team. Last season, they only hit 192 as a team, but it's a safe bet that they crack the 200 mark with the likes of Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon in the lineup.