|Fenway Park right field fence may be moved in||10.19.10 at 4:19 pm ET|
Red Sox president Larry Lucchino told WEEI.com that the right field fence at Fenway Park may be moved in as much as six feet for the upcoming season.
The re-structuring, which is pending approval from the Massachusetts Preservation Society, among other city-centric organizations, would be necessitated because of the width of the bullpens. The distance across for bullpens recommended by Major League Baseball is 27 feet, with the Fenway bullpens standing at 21 feet.
“We’ve provided some plans if it is approved, but we have to talk to the landmark people about that,” Lucchino said. Regarding the bullpens, the Red Sox executive explained, “They’re among the narrowest in baseball, if not the narrowest. It makes it hard for two guys to warm-up. It does have other effects in terms of reducing the depths of right field, which is among the deepest in baseball.”
Lucchino pointed out that the Fenway Park dimensions have been altered in the past, having once been deeper than their current distance of 380-feet to straight-away right field. The following is how right field has been altered over the years (according to Ballparks.com):
Deepest corner, just right of center: 550 (1922), 593 (1931), 420 (1934).
Right-center, just right of deepest corner where the bullpen begins: 380 (1938), 383 (1955).
Right of right-center: 405 (1939), 382 (1940), 381 (1942), 380 (1943).
Right field: 313.5 (1921), 358.5 (1926), 358 (1930), 325 (1931), 358 (1933), 334 (1934), 332 (1936), 322 (1938), 332 (1939), 304 ;(1940), 302 (1942).
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