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D'Backs looking to make Chase Field less hitter-friendly

Aug 26, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

The Diamondbacks’ Chase Field is known as one of the most hitting-friendly ballparks in Major League Baseball with its short fences, massive center field batter’s eye and relatively high elevation. 

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the D’Backs are looking at ways to change that.

From messing with the dimensions to raising fences and even installing a Coors Field-like humidor, the club is considering all options.

“We do know that it’s an issue,” Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said Thursday. “The offense is unreal at
Chase Field. We have a launching pad now. We have a team that’s
hopefully going to be built around young pitching. We should look at
ways to reduce offense, especially from an opponents’ standpoint.”

The Reds play in a ballpark that lends itself to a lot of offense and have countered that by developing a well-rounded pitching staff.  Now they’re leading the National League Central and cursing toward their first playoff appearance since 1995. 

The Diamondbacks have not drafted well and have not made the right decisions in free agency, so instead they’re looking at other options.  Or excuses.  Whatever you want to call ’em.

  1. Ick McWang - Aug 27, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    cursing? cruising.

  2. Utley's hair - Aug 27, 2010 at 3:05 AM

    That should be relatively easy–the Phightins seem to have reduced their offense back in June.

  3. Old Gator - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    Well, it’s Arizona. Maybe they ought to bring in that malpais-faced hag of a governor out there and explores ways to make the place less friendly to Mexicans too, while they’re at it.

  4. lessick - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    I agree that it’s better (and necessary) to draft and develop good pitchers, but it is an advantage to play home games in a pitcher-friendly park. If more balls in play are outs, pitchers are less likely to nibble and more likely to go after the hitter. That keeps pitch counts down and allows starters to go deeper into games.
    I also think it helps young (talented) pitchers to develop confidence at a faster pace. In my opinion, the Marlins were able to rebuild quickly a few times in the last 15 years and put good low-payroll teams on the field. Beckett, Burnett, Pavano, Johnson…all established themselves at a young age.
    Of course, the Marlins had to recognize and draft or trade for talent to do so.

  5. Old Gator - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    One of these things is not like the other
    One of these things is different you see….
    The Feesh developed Burnett, Beckett and Johnson, but Pavano was drafted by the Beanbags and broke in with the Expos. The Feesh got him in a trade.
    But it’s also true that they have rushed pitchers into the majors, as well as position players, in order to keep their payroll low and, in the case of Andrew Miller especially, this has occasionally had disastrous effects. Miller is now up with the team again for the umpteenth time and pitched well the other night, which is heartening considering what a total meltdown he was in the spring and the first half of the minor league season. Maybe he’s been able to recover his confidence after the pinchpenny Feesh left him out there to take a beating for two years when he belonged back in AA.

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