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Mark DeRosa wants the Giants to move in the fences at AT&T Park

Sep 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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We’ve heard a lot of stuff from the Mets about maybe moving the fences in to make the park more “fair.”  But at least one member of the San Francisco Giants feels that something should be done to AT&T Park. It’s Mark DeRosa, and here was his reaction when asked if the Giants’ home park should have some alternations:

“Without a doubt. Maybe you don’t move the fences in. But I think you saw maybe two balls go out to right-center this year. So they definitely should cut the corner. Have another wall go across. Maybe put something nice back there. I don’t know. Does San Francisco have a city tree?”

Giants brass says it’s been mentioned before, but that no one is seriously considering it. Bruce Bochy and Hensely Meulens don’t want to hear about it. Nothing is going to happen with that and DeRosa kind of comes off as a whiner.

There was a time when parks were what they were. Some were pitchers parks. Some were hitters parks. Yes, people messed around with dimensions — remember the time the Indians moved the fences way back to turn Alex Cole into the next Willie McGee? — but rarely was the gambit successful. The Yankees won the World Series eleventy billion times with an impossibly big left-center field and eleventy billion times with a more conventional fence. It’s about the players, not the park.

The Giants have a pitchers park. It’s worked out for them pretty good. They’re going to keep those dimensions much longer than they keep Mark DeRosa, that’s for sure.

  1. hittfamily - Sep 27, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Why make a top 3 pitching staff weaker, so a weak ass lineup can hit an extra homerun per month.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Sep 27, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    They’re going to keep those dimensions much longer than they keep Mark DeRosa, that’s for sure.

    Oh Snap!

  3. dailyrev - Sep 27, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Why should this even matter to him? He’ll never hit for power again with that wrist that’s been surgically repaired what, 2 or 3 times. So unless such a quote is coming from Beltran or the Panda, it’s a big Meh…

  4. jamie54 - Sep 27, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Their pitchers love AT&T like it is. I think they’ll be there longer and have had much more impact on the WS run from last year than Mark DeRosa.

  5. APBA Guy - Sep 27, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Nobody’s gonna mess with that stadium. It’s just impossibly scenic on a pretty day. The first game I saw there was a Timmy shutout against the D’backs on a sunny afternoon. I was totally hooked.

  6. kiwicricket - Sep 27, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Making Timmy and Cain worse, so that players of DeRosa’s particular ilk appear slightly more powerful….

    Hmmmm…Back to the drawing-board Mark

  7. Gamera the Brave - Sep 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    If there is a more beautiful park in baseball – well, that would have to be pretty darned beautiful…
    First time I went to a game there, it took 4 innings for the goose-bumps to subside…

  8. xmatt0926x - Sep 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    I keep reading about how the great pitching dictates that you shouldnt move the fences in because your a pitching centered team. I don’t buy that. How about looking at it as your pitching is so good that you can afford to move the fences in because great pitching works anywhere and you’d be helping your offense at the same time? Look at Citizens Bank Park. It was a launch pad in the beginning for both teams and all we heard was that no good pitchers would want to pitch there. Now all of a sudden the number of homers are down overall as compared to the first couple years . Did they move the fences back? No. Great home pitching from Halladay, Hamels, and Lee have helped to keep the ball in the park. They have a great ERA at home because they are great pitchers no matter where the fences are. It just seems to me that the teams that play in these caverns have offensive issues year in and year out and no matter how good the pitching is the team suffers for it. I don’t think one great year from the giants disproves that. Make the fences fair and if your pitching is good enough it won’t do anything but improve your offense while the great pitching stays the same.

  9. paperlions - Sep 27, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    There will never be another Willie McGee. :-)

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:20 PM

      I think one of the reasons I was so bitter about the Rasmus trade was because it ruined the Cardinals (nearly) seemless transition between excellent center fielders.
      McGee- 1982-1990
      Ray Lankford- 1990-2000
      Jim Edmonds- 2000-2007
      (one year of Ankiel in 08)
      Colby Rasmus-2009-well, half of 2011.

  10. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    I’m just happy to see the DeRoaster in the news. Good for him.

  11. thefalcon123 - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    I’m just imaging what Bonds’ numbers would have looked like in a Mark DeRosa approved park…

  12. joecool16280 - Sep 27, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    It would be nice to actually see what a home run looks like though…just sayin.

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