You know those great, analytical pieces by sites such as Fangraphs that take a theory, look at data, then come to a conclusion with all kinds of cool information and graphs? This isn’t going to be one of those. We are going to create one together, hopefully.
See, I’d love to look into a theory of mine but don’t really have the scientific background or sense of where to start looking. So I’m asking for some help from my friends, many of whom I know are great at math, research, or some combination of the two.
Here’s my theory: juiced baseballs are reducing the spread between hitters ballparks and pitcher friendly ballparks by making pitchers parks more offensive friendly.
My thinking goes like this: it doesn’t take a juiced baseball to clear the Little League distance porch in Yankee Stadium. A ball that is just shy of the warning track in Dodgers Stadium is already a home run in the Bronx. Take a juiced ball that helps that warning track shot get over the fence in LA, well, it was already a home run in NY. The juiced ball matters far more in LA than NY, or any traditional pitchers park vs. any traditional hitters park.
What do you think? Does my theory make sense? Is there anything you can think of to help me/us prove if I’m correct?
I’ve been pondering this for months and would really appreciate the help.