Camden Yards left field wall retreat could move free agent pitchers to Baltimore – The Athletic

There are plenty of reasons why it makes sense for the Orioles to back down and strengthen the left field fences at Camden Yards ahead of the 2022 season.

That should help the club’s group of inexperienced left-handed starters, many of whom strained their necks last year watching flying balls get lost in the seats.

This should alleviate, at least somewhat, the three true outcome-dependent plays – strikeout, walk, and homer – that have become so prevalent and boring over the past decade in all of sport. Yes, the home run is exciting, but so is a real live ball.

And moving the fences back about 26ft 5in from the left field foul post to the bullpen – with a sharp protrusion near left center to connect the two – and raising them about 7ft 4in to 13ft should ‘t affect attendance at Camden Yards. About 1,000 seats will be lost, but the Orioles are working with season ticket holders to make sure they’re happy with their changes and views. As the cliché says, there are plenty of good seats available.

The changes, as first reported by the Baltimore Sun, will take effect on Opening Day 2022.

Ultimately, Orioles general manager Mike Elias and his baseball operations group believe that less cheap flying into left field will create a better team and a better product – or at least a somewhat more similar atmosphere. to that of the other parks.

“It’s going to remain a batting park,” Elias said of the 30-year-old Camden Yards. “And even a batting park, especially for right-handed hitters, will always be there.

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