More fun with Jim Street
Okay, I’m not trying to be mean here, but doesn’t Jim Street have some kind of responsibility to his boss to make sure that he writes things that aren’t so factually incorrect that they can be refuted in about 45 seconds?
In response to a question about moving the fences in, Street answers:
If Bavasi and manager Mike Hargrove want to have the fences moved in, it would be considered, but no such request has been made. The Mariners have enjoyed tremendous success at Safeco Field since the facility opened midway through the 1999 season and actually have hit better at home than on the road (emphasis mine). The club hit 71 home runs at home last season and 65 on the road, while opposing teams hit 108 home runs at Safeco. So, why move the fences in and make it easier for opponents to hit home runs?
Home: .255/.322/.385, 3.81 runs per game
Road: .284/.339/.407, 4.81 runs per game
Home: .264/.342/.398, 4.86 runs per game
Road: .278/.346/.422, 4.95 runs per game
Home: .264/.346/.397, 4.54 runs per game
Road: .285/.354/.440, 5.50 runs per game
In each of the past three seasons, the Mariners have posted a higher batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, and number of runs scored per game on the road. Yes, they hit 6 more home runs at Safeco last year, but over the three year period of 2002-2004, the team hit nineteen more homers on the road. Not only is six home runs over 6,000 at-bats statistically insignificant, it was a statistical fluke.
The sad part, honestly, is that Street obviously looked up the home/road splits in order to publish the home run numbers. That he could look at these numbers, then publically state that the Mariners hit better at home than on the road just baffles the mind.