Arenado admits playing at Coors Field may have hurt MVP chances

Nolan Arenado put up ridiculous numbers with the Colorado Rockies in 2016, though he isn’t a finalist for the MVP award.

He understands his home turf may have something to do with it.

“I think people hold some stuff against us and, you know, I guess that’s just the way it goes. But at the end of the day, it’s all good,” he said on MLB Network on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Daniel Kramer. “The ball, it’s a good place to hit. That is the truth. But yeah, I guess there’s a little something there.”

Coors Field, the Rockies’ home ground since 1995, has long been considered one of the majors’ most hitter-friendly parks in the majors due to its high altitude. Because of the unique conditions, pitchers’ deliveries don’t break as well as they should, while batted balls travel farther due to the thin air.

For each of the last nine seasons, Colorado’s ballpark has ranked first in hits per game, while it’s also averaged far and away more runs than any other stadium the past five seasons.

Despite a beneficial batting environment, Arenado still earned his second consecutive All-Star nomination this past season, and finished the year slashing .294/.362/.570. His 133 RBIs on the year are the best mark in all of baseball, while his 41 home runs rank top in the National League.

Those accomplishments lead him to believe winning is the only missing ingredient in a recipe for individual accolades.

“I guess to do something, to get recognition, you’ve got to win games and we didn’t do that,” Arenado added. “And that hasn’t happened in Colorado for a long time, and we’re trying to get back to those ways, and then maybe people will change their point of view.

“But the three MVP finalists (Kris Bryant, Daniel Murphy, and Corey Seager) were all in the playoffs and they all played really well, so you have to give those guys credit. They did a great job.”

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