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Camden Depot: We're Down with OBP?


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http://camdendepot.blogspot.com/2015/02/why-orioles-ignore-obp.html

This analysis indicates that Camden Yards is the second easiest stadium for left-handed hitters to hit and primarily rewards home run power, which should come as no surprise. The most valuable type of left-handed offensive players is power hitters and probably explains why the Orioles were interested in Travis Snider. Camden Yards is the sixth hardest stadium for a left-handed hitter to hit a triple and therefore means that left-handed players relying on speed are at a significant disadvantage. Camden Yards is the sixth easiest stadium for a lefty to hit a single and the seventh easiest to hit a double. If Fangraphs park factors are accurate then it makes sense for the Orioles to focus on left-handed batters with plus power and can hit for a decent average while discouraging them to focus on batters with plus speed or those who have high walk rates. This explains why the Orioles aren?t focusing on finding left-handed hitters whose best tool is getting on base.
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I think that pitchers have adapted to OBP designed offenses. Part of this adaptation is focusing on throwing that first pitch for a strike. Hitters that hack at the first pitch (knowing that it will be a strike) might have the advantage. Maybe that the current market inefficiency?

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I think that pitchers have adapted to OBP designed offenses. Part of this adaptation is focusing on throwing that first pitch for a strike. Hitters that hack at the first pitch (knowing that it will be a strike) might have the advantage. Maybe that the current market inefficiency?

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