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Maximize Your Chances of Catching a Homerun Ball at Safeco Field

  Seatgeek.com posted a data set of “catchable” home runs at Safeco Field in 2016.  The seatgeek data is listed as a table and I thought that it might be interesting to try to visualize it.  I hate tables and couldn’t resist.  Plus, I wanted to test out an excel template for making Paretos. So… here are the results.  The screen shot below is a Pareto analysis of seatgeek’s data.  It isn’t a perfect 80/20 distribution, but you can definitely use the analysis to dial in your seating in order to increase the likelihood that you will be in the right place at the right time. Assuming that the people at Seatgeek counted their homeruns right, this is what I’m taking from this… If you want to maximize your odds of catching a home run ball at Safeco Field, get a seat in section 108.  Is 108 full?  Section 107 is your next best option. Approximately half of all of the catchable home runs are launched into three sections 108, 107, and 106. So here is why I love Paretos.  The folks over at KING 5 news did the same analysis.  They suggested sections 108, 107 and 106 too but in the opposite order.  They also suggested section 181 which only sees about 15% of the catchable homeruns. You might be tempted into thinking that sections 102, 103, 104 or even the seating above the bullpens would provide some decent home run catching opportunities.  The data suggests otherwise. The distribution actually makes sense if