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Do balls break less at Coors?

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I remember in an old MLB the show game, they said the ball gets an extra few inches of break at Coors Field.

I don't see how that makes sense, since the thin air should cause less break due to less fraction with the seams. So my question being, am I missing something or are those interactive announcers full of crap?

Also, if the ball does break less, do you often see away pitchers having trouble controling their breaking balls, since they break less than they are used to?
asked Jan 17, 2013 in FanGraphs: The Game by TutGadol (28 points)

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Great question. The brilliant minds over at The Hardball Times tackled this a few years ago: http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/what-to-pack-for-denver/

As for pitcher's zone%, I'm not sure. I haven't seen a study of that done before, so I might tackle that myself.
answered Jan 18, 2013 by David Wiers (273 points)
Yeah, it seems unbelieveable to me that no one has tackled this. Balls do break less, or at least that is my impression, but I don't recall seein the actual data.
But also, "do balls break."