Posted October 22, 2012 on
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The San Diego Padres plan to bring in portions of the outfield wall at Petco Park and move the visitor's bullpen from right-field foul territory to behind the home bullpen beyond the fence in left-center.
Chairman Ron Fowler says the change is needed because Petco Park is ''the most extreme run-suppressing ballpark'' in the majors. He says it will still be a pitcher's park, but just not as extreme.
The wall will be moved in 11 feet from the right-field porch to the right-center gap and lowered to match the rest of the outfield wall. The out-of-town scoreboard on the right-field wall will be relocated to a new spot above right field as part of seating modifications.
In left-center, the fence will be moved in from 402 feet to 390 feet to allow for the visiting team's bullpen to be relocated.
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