Something interesting about Justin Smoak: when he was with Seattle, he didn’t hit well in his home park. Here are his batting averages, home and away, for the last three years:
2012: .195 home, .235 away
2013: .223 home, .253 away
2014: .148 home, .248 away
His away averages aren’t especially good, but they’re better than his home averages. By 2014, it looks like his home park was getting to him.
There’s no guarantee that Smoak will help the Jays, but they’re obviously hoping that a move to the more hitter-friendly Rogers Centre will improve his numbers. In particular, the ball tends to fly out of the park when the roof is closed early in the year, which might improve his power totals.
“Smoak” is a good name for a power hitter – his home runs could be called, ahem, Smoak Bombs.