In the wake of Rockies first baseman Todd Helton announcing that he’s retiring after the season I was curious about just how much his Coors Field-aided home production stands out.
Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com’s amazing Play Index, here are the active leaders in OPS at home:
TODD HELTON 1.048 Albert Pujols 1.014 Matt Holliday .999 Carlos Gonzalez .992 Miguel Cabrera .988
No hitter has been more productive at their home ballparks than Helton and along with Matt Holliday and Carlos Gonzalez three of the top five home OPS totals belong to current or former Rockies. On the other hand, for career OPS on the road among active players Helton ranks 24th at .856–nearly 200 points below his home mark–and Holliday and Gonzalez rank 37th and 101st.
And here are the all-time leaders in home OPS:
Babe Ruth 1.184 Ted Williams 1.148 Hank Greenberg 1.121 Jimmie Foxx 1.116 Larry Walker 1.068 Barry Bonds 1.067 Lou Gehrig 1.056 TODD HELTON 1.048 Rogers Hornsby 1.032
That’s basically a list of the greatest hitters of all time, plus two really, really good hitters who played a long time with Coors Field as their home ballpark.