Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
The San Diego park is a pitcher's haven no more.
The San Diego Padres are bringing in the outfield fences in right and left-center field at Petco Park for the 2013 season, among other superficial changes to the park set to begin this week, reports Corey Brock of MLB.com:
The changes will include:
• Moving in the wall that runs from the right-field porch to right-center 11 feet. The wall will also be lowered to match the height of the sub-eight-foot wall in left and center field.
• The out-of-town scoreboard in right field will be relocated. Seating modifications in that area will be announced later. In right-center, the wall will move from 402 feet to 391 feet.
• The wall in left-center will be moved in from 402 feet to 390 feet.
The Padres are following the lead of the Seattle Mariners, who announced similar changes to the pitcher-friendly Safeco Field at the beginning of the month in an attempt to make their park more a more neutral run-scoring environment. The Padres front office does not expect the changes to turn Petco into Coors Field overnight, the front office hopes the new dimensions will at least make it a bit more hitter-friendly.
The Padres have also decided to move the visitor bullpen from its current location down the right-field line to behind the home bullpen in center field.
For a mock blueprint of what the new dimensions will look like at Petco, check out MLB.com's diagram here.