The need for park factors in baseball is obvious. Teams routinely make the west coast swing from Colorado to San Diego and see their run production cut in half. Obviously, the Green Monster is going to play different than the Ivy in Chicago. Rogers Centre has been a haven for righties whereas Safeco has buried hitters like Adrian Beltre with its spacious left field.
It isn't too hard to find basic park factors these days, and park factors based on handedness have become available now at both FanGraphs and StatCorner and the Bill James Handbook. It's a science, and a necessary one to understand the depth of today's game.
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