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Baseball Prospectus Visits PETCO Park

Baseball Prospectus and the San Diego Padres invite you to join us for a great day of baseball on Saturday, May 19 at PETCO Park. Thanks to the fine folks in the Padres front office, we are proud to be able to offer our guests the following:

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The Mariners go fishing for Carp and San Diego summons Anthony Rizzo, plus musings on whom Petco helps most and what it means for the Padres.

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June 30, 2009 11:51 am

Fantasy Beat: Adrian Gonzalez


Marc Normandin

If only we could see what the Padres' slugger could do during a season as something other than a Padre.

You don't hear much said about how good of a hitter Adrian Gonzalez actually is. The main problem is his home park, Petco. Even though Gonzalez consistently performs better there than his teammates, the end product still drags down his overall line. That's why he has hit "just" .288/.357/.504 from 2006-2008 in spite of a very impressive .306/.367/.560 road line. The split is even more extreme this year, in Gonzalez' age-27 season: hitting .254/.428/.492 is great for someone stuck in Petco (the league is hitting a very ugly .222/.308/.351 there), but his performance on the road towers above that, as he's hitting .288/.401/.674.

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March 30, 2009 11:54 am

Fantasy Beat: To the Warning Track


Marc Normandin

A player whose power is tamped down by the faraway walls of Petco.

Last week we took a look at how the wind and his home park affected Kevin Youkilis' home-run production in 2008. Youkilis is an example of a player who is being overrated due to some homers receiving a boost from those factors, but it can work both ways; there are also players who are underrated due to these same effects holding their power numbers down, and this time out we'll take a look at one of them.

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Ranging across a couple of old and new themes, explaining that there's something about the weather, and Pythagoras can rock steady.

"All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism."

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