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Friday, January 27, 2023

Blue Jays to move fences in at Rogers Centre, but raise walls

As part of ongoing renovations to their home ballpark, the Toronto Blue Jays are moving in the outfield fences at the Rogers Centre, which figures to make the venue even more accommodating for power hitters.

On Friday, the Blue Jays officially announced the new outfield dimensions along with the wall heights around the ballpark. They look to be the following:

Left field line: 328 feet with a 14-foot, four-inch wall
Left center: 368 feet with an 11-foot, two-inch wall
Left center power alley: 381 feet with a 12-foot, nine-inch wall
Center field: 400 feet with an eight-foot wall
Right center power alley: 372 feet with a 10-foot, nine-inch wall
Right center: 359 feet with a 14-foot, four-inch wall
Right field line: 328 feet with a 12-foot, seven-inch wall

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 27, 2023 at 03:10 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: January 28, 2023 at 01:06 AM (#6114846)
It would be useful to know the changes. Moving a wall in 10 feet while raising it 2 feet might make no difference to HRs but lead to more doubles.
   2. Cris E Posted: January 28, 2023 at 01:21 PM (#6114876)
Maybe they'll be able to add a couple rows of obstructed view seats behind the taller walls. "Look, you got in, OK? Just walk around if you want to see the game."
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 28, 2023 at 01:43 PM (#6114879)
#1, it’s supposedly neutral overall:
Formerly a standard size of 10 feet tall, the outfield wall’s size will now be staggered, ranging from eight feet in straightaway center field to 14 feet and four inches for the walls in right-center field and down the left field line. The wall down the right field line will also grow to 12 feet and seven inches, and the wall in left-center will be 11 feet and two inches high. The power alley walls will be heightened as well, but to differing heights — 10 feet and nine inches in right-center, and 12 feet and nine inches in left-center.

As for distances, no changes were made in center field or down the left field/right field line, as those will respectively remain at 400 feet and 328 feet. However, in left-center, the wall will move in slightly to 368 feet (from 375 feet) and the power alley to 381 feet (from 383 feet).

In right-center, there is an even more drastic move to 359 feet (again down from 375) with power alley of 372 feet (from 383). The changes in right field are due to two of the renovation’s most prominent new features — a large fan pavilion and dining area, providing spectators with a new views of both the field and a newly-designed visitors’ bullpen.
Replacing the warning track with a moat would be even more exciting.
   4. NaOH Posted: January 28, 2023 at 05:43 PM (#6114916)
It would be useful to know the changes. Moving a wall in 10 feet while raising it 2 feet might make no difference to HRs but lead to more doubles.

Left Field Line: 328 feet (no change), Wall: 14 feet 4 inches (previously 10 feet)

Right Field Line: 328 feet (no change), Wall: 12 feet 7 inches (previously 10 feet)

Left Center: 368 feet (previously 375 feet), Wall: 11 feet 2 inches (previously 10 feet)

Right Center: 359 feet (previously 375 feet), Wall: 14 feet 4 inches (previously 10 feet)

Left Center Power Alley: 381 feet (previously 383 feet), Wall: 12 feet 9 inches (previously 10 feet)

Right Center Power Alley: 372 feet (previously 383 feet), Wall: 10 feet 9 inches (previously 10 feet)

Straight Away- Center Field: 400 feet (no change), Wall: 8 feet (previously 10 feet)
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: January 28, 2023 at 05:46 PM (#6114918)
Overall, those changes sound like they'll lead to more inside-the-park XBH. That's a good thing.
   6. Booey Posted: January 28, 2023 at 07:32 PM (#6114922)
If this helps Vlad Jr become a perennial 50 HR guy, I'm all for it. Otherwise...meh.

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