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The Mariners are moving in the fences … as much as 17 feet!

Oct 2, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

Safeco Field

Safeco Field is where offense goes to die.  Maybe not in the future. Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners are moving in their fences next season.

The specifics: The fences will be moved in four feet from the left field corner to the space between the bullpens — which is roughly straightway left field. Likewise,  From straightaway center to right center, the wall will be moved in four feet. Four feet is significant. But that’s nothing compared to this:

Wow. Launching pad west? I dunno. I know that park kills offense, especially for righthanders, but that seems like lots of feet. Like, several more than many.

In addition, the hand-operated scoreboard in left will be relocated. Now it’s 16 feet high and in play. The new wall will be uniformly 8 feet high.

It’s official, and the changes have been approved by Major League Baseball.  Gentlemen, start your Hittrackers and let’s see how much this will warp the offense in Seattle. If it is indeed warped at all.

  1. MasMacho - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    About time. One more Jeff Raikes speech about “win with pitching and defense” would have sent me over the edge.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Did they ask King Felix for his opinion?

    • rdj3torrance - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      So Michael Saunders 30-30 next season? And a fantasy relevant Justin Smoak? Ah, no.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:59 PM

        Got to draft Saunders, but please keep it a secret.

  3. thefalcon123 - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    For now on, any future comments like “Safeco Field is where offense goes to die,”, needs to be updated to say things like “Safeco Field is where offense goes to die and where bad pitching goes to thrive”.

    It works both ways, sure your offense is down, but you’re pitching is up. I kind of hate that every pitcher’s park are having their fences moved in lately.

    • Michael - Oct 2, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      Is it possible that Bud Selig has looked at the decline in hitting and decided that “for the good of the game” a few ballparks should “consider” moving in their fences.

      Of course, I’m the one who thinks the “steroid era” simply meant people didn’t bother asking about juiced balls…

      • eastsidegerry - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        I suspect Bud’s had too much brew. Go all the way, move the fences in to 20 feet beyond the bags. The increased power numbers are sure to attract the fans.

  4. alexo0 - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    This was the only way Jack Z could think of to fix the team’s offense.

  5. cur68 - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    I object to the phrase “Gentlemen, start your Hittrackers and let’s see how much this will warp the offense in Seattle”. It’s offensive to all the knowledgeable and attractive ladies who comment here. They can track the hits too and they dig the long ball (that’s what it says on the bathroom wall about them, anyways). If anyone’s gonna be tracking the longball its HBT’s fairer commenters and they deserve a shout-out to get their hitttrackers on, too.*

    *can you tell I’ve been watching a lot of your political discourse from your two Alpha Dog Politicians? I’ve learned the secret to the good Alpha Dog American Politician is to be the first to be outraged at any imagined slight and be MORE outraged than anyone could possibly be ever . . . that, and I wanted to say chicks dig the longball.

    • scatterbrian - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      What about the unattractive ladies out there?

      • WhyDoIActuallyCare - Oct 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        Lady who likes baseball = attractive

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

        ^^^That

  6. lumpyf - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Zdurencik has been unable to improve the offense by traditional methods (drafting and acquiring good hitters) so why not move the fences in. Dumb and Dumber will now reward him with a new 5 year contract.

  7. Ben - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    It’s not just the distance, it’s the cold, wet air that’s the problem. This will help, but not fix the problem.

    • rdj3torrance - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Having ice cold players doesn’t help either.

  8. JB (the original) - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Article with graphic showing the new dimensions: http://blog.seattlepi.com/baseball/2012/10/02/mariners-to-move-outfield-fences-closer-at-safeco-field/

  9. throughthewickets - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Justin Smoak must be thrilled. There is an off chance that he’ll hit his weight in 2013.

  10. hardballtalkusername - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Interesting and I like that they are doing this, but with the Angels and Rangers in that division, I think this hurts them in the short-term.

  11. drewsylvania - Oct 2, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    They should move NuYankee RF out by the same distance. It might actually be the listed 314 after that.

  12. sfm073 - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    This is one thing they got right with the new bush stadium. It plays fair doesn’t detract pitchers or hitters coming in free agency.

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