Originally written on The Mark Graham Sports Blog  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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One of baseball's most spacious outfields will be getting a little smaller next season. Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, will move in the fences for the 2013 season ending the debate on whether or not to move the fences on one of the games most expansive outfields. The left-center field power alley will be moved in from 390 feet to 378 feet and instead of having a rounded outfield, the walls will straighten out to its deepest point, center field at 405 feet. The hand operated scoreboard in left field will be replaced and relocated at an unknown location. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said that weather was among the many factors for restructuring the outfield. Seattle has chilly Aprils and Mays. "Our goal was to create an environment that is fair for both hitters and pitchers," 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." This will be Safeco Field's first change to its dimensions since the field's inception in 1999. Since the 2000 MLB season, the Mariners have scored the fewest runs and the lowest batting average at home of any team in the American League, but have the second best ERA at home during the same time span.
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