Imagine that there are instrumental versions of 80’s songs playing while you read this post. How about a little “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran, or maybe you’re more of a “Roxanne” person. I’m going to imagine the instrumental version of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” as I type this. http://vodpod.com/watch/1463478-dave-chapelle-prince-plays-basketball-from-nas
“What is the point of this skull-duggery?” one might ask. “It’s filler” I might answer. That is, until I post the next worthwhile bit of material about the Braves. In the meantime, enjoy the music, and let’s have a look at the “home of the Braves.”
• Opened in 1997, the stadium was constructed for the 1996 Olympics
• Capacity: 49,000 (unofficially)
• Dimensions (in feet): Left Field – 330, Left Center – 380, Center Field – 401, Right Center – 390, Right Field – 335
• Seat Prices: $78 can get you behind home plate, or $5 can get you in the gate
• Parking: look to spend between $8 and $12. There are approximately 10 lots in the vicinity of the stadium that are used primarily for game parking.
• Vittles: the 755 Club, for the more affluent crowd. The 755 Club Bar, you LUSH! The Chop House – a multi-tiered restaurant in Center Field with Indoor and Outdoor seating featuring a diverse menu. Along with general concessions, there are also BBQ, Mexican, and pizza vendors. The prices aren’t listed on Braves.com, but I would say that a water, hot dog, and a Michelob will run you close to $20.
• Extras: Braves HOF Museum. The museum opens two and a half hours before each game and closes in the middle of the seventh inning. Coca-Cola Sky Field has some things to keep the kids happy. You can find the Sky Field by walking toward the giant Coke Bottle, of course.
• 360 degree views: go to http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/ballpark/views.jsp and have a look. All the team websites that I’ve been to offer this feature, and it’s fun to play around with.
Turner Field tends to favor pitchers, but it has plenty of green for those batters who can find the gaps and rack up doubles and triples. I do think that much of Javier Vazquez’s success in 2009 can be credited to the fact that he called Turner Field home. I think this way even though his ’09 splits suggest otherwise: .236 BAA at home and .210 BAA on the road (16 starts at home and away). I still think he will find it nearly impossible to repeat his 2009 numbers in his new home, especially in the American League.
Jair Jurrjens posted BAA of .218 at home and .258 away. Kawakami held hitters to .249 BAA at home and .270 away. Hanson limited opponents to .222 at home and .230 away. Derek Lowe was slightly better at Turner versus the road, but both BAA were around .300, so he’s just a bad example no matter how you slice it.
As far as the Braves batters go, the results were mixed. I didn’t take a really close look at the splits, but it seems that everyone on the 2010 roster had decent success in Turner Field (except for McLouth). Chipper Jones was a better hitter on the road, but he cranked more homers in his own back yard. Brian McCann also defied the law of averages by logging 12 of his 21 dingers at home. How about some stars who play in the same division as the Braves? Does Hanley Ramirez, David Wright, and Chase Utley sound fair? Let’s look at their numbers in Turner Field:
Ramirez: Batted .353 on the road in ’09 but only batted .250 in 36 AB in Turner Field
Wright: .314 BA on the road, .344 in 32 AB in Turner Field
Utley: .293 BA on the road, .194 in 36 AB in Turner Field
This doesn’t tell me much other than what these three batters did on the road overall and in Turner Field last year. I haven’t factored in things like what pitcher(s) these guys faced in Turner Field. If I had to guess, without knowing any better, I’d say that David Wright saw a lot of Derek Lowe, and the other two had to face Vazquez, Jurrjens, and Hanson. This is purely speculation on my part. So what did we learn today? Not a whole lot – but maybe you’ve got some 80’s music stuck in your head now. You’re welcome.
Until next time, I leave you with some obscure 80’s music:
technically, this is a 70’s song.