The Colorado Rockies’ home park of Coors Field has long been known for its crazy ballpark effects favoring hitters, even after the 2002 installation of a humidor dialed it down a bit, and the latest example came with Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado’s cycle Sunday (which ended with a dramatic walk-off home run to beat the San Francisco Giants). As @MLBStatOfTheDay tweeted, that put Coors into a tie for the cycles-record lead, despite a substantial starting disadvantage:
After Nolan Arenado’s feat today, the most cycles among all ballparks:
17 – Fenway Park (opened in 1912)
17 – Coors Field (opened in 1995!) pic.twitter.com/KdILlvLqVu
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) June 18, 2017
Yep, that’s an 83-year gap, and it goes to show just how good Coors has been for hitters. According to ESPN’s park factors, it’s second in the league for runs scored this year (behind only Arizona’s Chase Field). And it’s even better for recording cycles thanks to its giant dimensions, the largest in the majors. While Coors’ home run factor is 1.180 (favoring the batter, but not by as much as Chase Field’s 1.725 or Yankee Stadium’s 1.401), its triple factor is an incredible 3.742.
The next-closest field for triples is San Diego’s Petco Park and its 2.526, and Oakland’s Coliseum ( 2.500) is the only other one even over two. So it’s much easier to get the triple part of the cycle, often the most difficult, at Coors than it is anywhere else. And that may mean there are more cycles ahead for Arenado and his teammates. Hopefully, their next celebrations will be a little less bloody.
[MLB Stat of the Day on Twitter]