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Mariners announce Safeco Field fences coming in for 2013

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on Oct. 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm with 9 Comments »
October 2, 2012 1:15 pm

The Mariners announced today that they are moving some of the fences in at Safeco Field for the 2013 season.

“Our goal was to create an environment that is fair for both hitters and pitchers,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement. “Considering the current field dimensions, as well as the climate in and around Safeco Field, we feel this will be accomplished with this new layout.”

The specific changes, as written about by Greg Johns on

• In the left-field corner, the distance down the left-field foul line remains the same, at 331 feet.

• Instead of jutting out quickly to 341 feet, the corner of the left-field wall will jut out to 337 feet.

• The hand-operated scoreboard will be moved, and as a result, the height of the outfield wall will be eight feet from foul pole to foul pole.

• From the left-field corner to the power alley in left-center, the wall will be moved in four feet.

• The distance at the left-center-field power alley will decrease from 390 feet to 378 feet.

• From left-center to straightaway center field, the distance the wall will be moved in will vary from four feet to a maximum of 17 feet. At straightaway center field, the distance will decrease from 405 feet to 401 feet.

• From straightaway center to the right-center power alley, the wall will move in four feet. The distance at the power alley will decrease from 385 feet to 381 feet.

• From the right-center-field power alley to the right-field line, the dimensions will remain the same.

The Mariners are last in the American League in scoring (3.0 runs per game), home runs (0.68 per game) and batting average (.218) at home this season through 79 games. On the road, they are sixth in scoring (4.5), tied for sixth in home runs (1.15) and ninth in batting average (.247).



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  1. mojjonation says:

    Yeah. This will fix everything. So instead of losing 2-1, 3-2, or 4-3, they will now lose 5-4, 6-5, or 7-6. Brilliant. Can’t expect anything better from an organization owned by Nintendo and run by Mario and Luigi (Lincoln and Armstrong).

  2. joshuatree007 says:

    Chris Hansen should come out and oppose this saying it will cost the port jobs, and congest traffic.

  3. mustang6984 says:

    Not sure that this is the answer to the run production the team has been looking for. Home runs are nice, but singles & doubles & solid pitching are what win games. Home runs provide for the “OOOOoooooo” & “Ahhhhhhh” part of the game, but very seldom do home runs make winning games a likelihood.

    Plus, now we will have to listen to Griffey whine that had they done this years ago he would have stayed. No…he wouldn’t have. He was a spoiled brat then, was when he came back, and most likely still is.

    Bottom line, the Mariners have had to play guys in the Majors the last couple of years who probably should have been in AAA still. They have been learning the game at the top instead of at the farm level. Luckily they have been learning it playing for a competent manager who can teach them the correct way to play this game and handle themselves as adults when they win or lose. Next year will be a much better year, as this one was than last year or even the year before.
    The best three things this organization did was to get rid of Bavazi (he was a blowhard in high school when we were kids too) and hire Zdurencik (sp) and then Wedge. Staying the current course is the smartest way to go, and will pay big dividends.

    Go M’s!

  4. Take the money for the remodel and buy some better players.

  5. bbnate420 says:

    Just can’t please some people I guess. No, this won’t fix all of their problems, but it is a step in the right direction. Jesus Christ, at least give them credit for that.

  6. brigadeer says:

    If you’re too cheap to buy better players, I guess you move the fences in the scrubs you have will be deluded into the idea that they are major league ready. ‘Course that only lasts until Hamilton, Pujols, Trout, et al start killing our pitching staff. So we were last in runs at home and 6th on the road? That’s all well and good but our record at home is 38-41. On the road? 35-46.

  7. Opposing teams don’t seem to have much difficulty hitting in Safeco. Maybe it’s the quality of M’s hitters?

    Just a thought.

  8. Palerydr says:

    Wow there is no pleasing people I for one like the idea of moving in the fences. As for all you people and your negative comments I’m sure you’ll be the first ones pushin the bandwagon when these guys start winning. Pathetic is what you are.

  9. How is moving the fences in, going to help the pitchers?

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