Comerica Park Changing Outfield Dimensions
I am a baseball guy. I play the game, I coach the game and I try to get to the ballpark as often as I can. I love seeing runs score and lots of offense.
The Detroit Tigers are making changes to Comerica Park that will be in effect for the 2023 season. There's always been the argument about the baseballs being prime for hitters, parks are too big or they are too small.
I've been to Comerica Park plenty of times and enjoy it every time, I'm a Cubs fan. I love going to Comerica. There isn't really a bad seat in the ballpark. One thing that's been missing at the games I go to is lots of offense. Sometimes players are off their game. Sometimes the pitcher is throwing heat. Other times, the ballpark dimensions might be too big.
One thing about Comerica that I like is the big outfield, things are changing tho.
The Detroit Tigers say they are making dimension changes:
On Wednesday, the Tigers announced arguably their most speculated move of the offseason, the changing of their home park’s outfield dimensions:
• The center-field wall, the symbol of Comerica Park’s deep outfield, will be moved in from 422 to 412 feet, and lowered from 8 1/2 to 7 feet.
• The massive wall in right-center field above the out-of-town scoreboard will by lowered from 13 to 7 feet in height.
• The right-field wall will be lowered to the same height, from 8 1/2 to 7 feet.
Left field will be unchanged, but after research and laser measuring, the left-field corner dimensions have been corrected from 345 to 342 feet.
With these dimension changes, expect a lot more offense when you go to the game. Moving center field in by thirty feet is obviously going to change the game. Shortening the fences will also give the baseball a better chance to leave the yard. I do like a strong pitching matchup but at the end of the day, I want to see runs scored.
Via the Detroit Tigers:
"This has been a topic of conversation for quite some time within our organization,” Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris said in a statement. “We’re confident that this plan accomplishes our goals of improving offensive conditions on the hardest hit balls, while maintaining Comerica Park’s unique dimensions and style of play. These updates come after a great deal of research and feedback from all stakeholders in and around the organization, including our fans, players and front office. “The outfield wall changes, combined with new rules from Major League Baseball in place this season, have the potential to create even more excitement and on field action for years to come."
Baseball is changing, we need to keep the sport alive. Games with lots of runs scored are what most fans are looking for. I applaud the Detroit Tigers on their move to tighten it up at Comerica Park. Let's go to the ballpark and check out the game and watch the Tigers get some runs!