Wilin Rosario came into the 2012 season as a rookie catcher that didn’t look all that promising from the offensive side of the plate. When the Colorado Rockies catcher got a full season under his belt however, it was good enough for fourth in Rookie of the Year voting. What factor if any however, was the thin air of his home ballpark in Colorado? Maybe more importantly, does it matter?
Take a quick look at his numbers and you quickly see that his offensive numbers are much better at home than on the road. That might immediately make you nod and begin to discredit what he did in leading all catchers with 28 homers. Don’t be so quick about taking away his accomplishments however. Think about it for a minute. Playing in the thinner air surely has an effect on the baseball but in the end that doesn’t matter. He still put up those numbers and teams are still going to have to go to Colorado to play. Who cares why he hits better there? The other teams do as well.
Buster Posey was the MVP of the National League last season. His power numbers were much better away from his home ballpark though. And… so what? In the end it might cost him some homers that the ball doesn’t travel as well for him at home as it does on the road but he can’t change his numbers and he still has to have a home ballpark. The point is that for every player that has better stats at home, there is another that has better stats on the road. It doesn’t matter. Rosario did what he did. Don’t take it away from him. He’ll go out and have another good or great year in 2013 as well.