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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Home-field factor key for Hamilton and others

By David Schoenfield | ESPN.com

Baseball teams don't have the same home-field advantage as, say, NBA teams, but it's still an important element of the game. Last season, 26 of the 30 teams had a better record at home, although a big home-field advantage isn't necessarily a path to the playoffs. The Astros, Cubs and Brewers each won 15 more games at home than on the road but finished a combined 199-287. The Tigers and Cardinals had the biggest home-field advantages among playoff team, both going 50-31 at home and 38-43 on the road.

With the season under way, here's a look at some players where home-field advantage is an important thing to consider when evaluating how they may fare.

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