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Isn't there a bar area near where the scoreboard is right now?
The other side of the issue is the gate. Will fewer people watch that kind of baseball product?
Didn't the Kansas City Athletics try something similar in the early 1960s, with disastrous results?
I think--I may be mis-remembering this somewhat--that Charley Finley wanted to change the dimensions to the same as Yankee Stadium, but the league said no. So he painted a line in the outfield to indicate where the fence would have been, and had all balls over it announced as "That would have been a home run at Yankee Stadium!"
It is said that the practice of making this announcement came to an end in the eleventh inning on May 2, when the Minnesota Twins became the third team in baseball history to hit four consecutive home runs. It is said that following the home runs by Oliva, Allison, Hall, and Killebrew, Earl Battey drove the ball to the wall in left, and the announcer dutifully intoned "That ball... would have been a home run... in Yankee Stadium." The announcement was discontinued the next day.
I think it will make life easier for the Mariner organization to have statlines for their players that can be evaluated at least relatively similarly to everyone else's statlines.
Their field didn't start having that effect until this season (actually, it was pretty extreme in 2010 also, but nowhere near that bad in any other season), so I don't see how it's the dimensions that are causing it. Whatever caused it (if anything did) this season would have to happen again for the park to be as extreme a pitcher's park next year.
seems to me that if you have a team which has lousy, homerrific pitchers and homeriffic hitters, that the stadium is gonna be a hitters' park. and if you get rid of all those pitchers and get good pitchers the next year, and have crappy hitters, that same park is gonna be a pitchers' park.
Of course, it may haunt the pitchers--particularly its biggest benefactor, Jason Vargas
i don't understand how a stadium's "park factor" can change if the stadium itself didn't change
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