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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Orioles altering Camden Yards’ left-field dimensions amid ballpark’s historic home run binge

The Orioles hope their pitchers feel that way less often going forward. The club told The Baltimore Sun it began construction this week to alter Oriole Park at Camden Yards’ left-field dimensions to try to reduce the stadium’s propensity for home runs. The changes — the first to the size of the iconic ballpark’s playing area in two decades — will raise the wall’s height from 7 feet to about 12 feet and move it back as much as 30 feet, according to information provided by the team. Major League Baseball approved the adjustments, which will cover the area from the left-field corner to the bullpens in the left-center field.

The new measurements fall in line with other major league parks. As of 2020, Camden Yards’ 333-foot distance from home plate to the left-field corner was about average for the 30 major league stadiums, though its 364-foot distance to left-center was one of the league’s most reachable for batters. Oriole Park was one of only eight ballparks with a wall shorter than 8 feet in left and had the shortest wall in left-center field of any venue. A 12-foot left-field wall would be tied for the sixth-tallest in the majors.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2022 at 05:55 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 11, 2022 at 07:14 PM (#6060694)
. . . will raise the wall’s height from 7 feet to about 12 feet and move it back as much as 30 feet, according to information provided by the team.
So much for the HR-robbing catch. The Orioles once had outfielders who were quite good at that, although perhaps not recently.
   2. The Duke Posted: January 11, 2022 at 07:53 PM (#6060697)
30 feet ! That’s quite a move
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: January 11, 2022 at 08:06 PM (#6060700)
Good for the O's.
   4. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: January 11, 2022 at 09:58 PM (#6060716)
So much for the HR-robbing catch. The Orioles once had outfielders who were quite good at that, although perhaps not recently.
In the days of Brady Anderson and Mike Devereaux, they would actually reserve time during fielding practice to work on that specific feat.
   5. shoelesjoe Posted: January 12, 2022 at 04:38 AM (#6060741)
So much for the HR-robbing catch. The Orioles once had outfielders who were quite good at that, although perhaps not recently.


Austin Hays made a pretty good CF robbery against Vladimir Guerrero Jr. a couple years ago. Mike Devereaux would have been proud.

But I for one won’t miss seeing outfielders leaping into the LF stands and fighting off fans in an attempt to snag a maybe HR, with the subsequent replay delay while umpires try to determine if there was fan interference or not. IMO every outfield fence should be high enough that fans aren’t a factor when a fielder is trying catch a long fly at the wall. If that means higher walls or putting the seating area back aways from the fence then fine by me. One Jeffrey Maier was quite enough, thank you very much.
   6. McCoy Posted: January 12, 2022 at 06:35 AM (#6060745)
I would guess the 30 ft part is the bullpen area.
   7. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: January 12, 2022 at 08:11 AM (#6060748)
As I recall when the ballpark was built the ability to have home run saving catches was specifically something they wanted to have as part of the park.
   8. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: January 12, 2022 at 11:09 AM (#6060777)
I'm all for this. I've wanted it for 20 years, never thought it would happen. HR's are comically easy in Camden, pitchers don't stand a chance.
   9. catomi01 Posted: January 12, 2022 at 11:42 AM (#6060782)
I was going to comment that I thought they had already moved the fences back once...I wasn't aware that they had only done that for a season and then moved them back to the original dimensions.
   10. Traderdave Posted: January 12, 2022 at 04:49 PM (#6060832)
The only time I was in Camden we sat in LF bleachers -- and Brady robbed a homer right in front of us (we were 2nd row). It was an amazing sight.
   11. DFA Posted: January 13, 2022 at 12:33 AM (#6060890)
You and me both, @Dingbat Charlie! I'm so excited for the stadium to play more fair...
   12. John Northey Posted: January 13, 2022 at 08:00 PM (#6061000)
I love the idea of bigger parks - harder to hit home runs, more triples potentially. Guys like Vlad Guerrero will still crank them, but deeper fences will cut down the cheap homers. Of course, I also love oddities like the Green Monster so go figure. I just love each park to be unique and one of a kind. I don't miss the old cookie cutter ones (all with artificial turf) outside of how teams felt a need to emphasize speed. I'd love stolen bases to come back and get a 100 SB player again.

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