Move Fences at Safeco Back, Not In

Both sports radio talk shows in Seattle, KJR, and ESPN Seattle, have brought up the point to move the fences at Safeco Field in to help Mariner batters get more offense, as in more home runs.

Nearly all the callers are in favor of the idea, something Mariner management is supposedly considering. Afterall, Safeco is considered a pitcher friendly park, and younger fans like the long ball.

Safeco Field in Seattle.

Safeco Field in Seattle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is a terrible idea and no one seems to state the obvious. Bringing the fences in, even five to 10 feet may help the Mariner hitters get a few more bombs, but it will also increase the chances for the real home run hitters, guys like Prince Fielder, Jose Bautista, Josh Hamilton, the two Adams-Dunn and Jones-Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, Paul Konerko, Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz,  Albert Pujols (eventually) and other big-boppers.

The Mariners as I write have hit 38 homers, 9th out of  14th in the American League.  Not that bad, but still bringing the fences in increases the opponents chances of out-homering the Mariners. Instead of losing 3-1, 3-2, or 4-2, the M’s will be losing 6-3, 7-3, and scores like that. Why increase the odds for the other team to beat you? And beat you by a bigger margin?

Tailor the ballpark to fit your team. Do not tailor the park to fit the enemy team trying to beat you.

Looking toward Qwest (football) Field and Down...

Looking toward Qwest (football) Field and Downtown Seattle from the Safeco Field stands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Instead move the fences back, way back, so far back that enemy home run hitters will give up, seeing big blasts die into gloves of Mariner outfielders. Fly balls simply die. Hitters will adjust, alter their swings trying for singles and then the M’s have the advantage. We can out single any team.

The point of the talking radio heads is that moving the fences in will attract power hitting free agents to come to Seattle. The point would make sense if Mariner management pursued free agents. They don’t. Harold Lincoln and Chuck Armstrong like making money, not spending it. And when on the rare occasion they have spent money, it was a bad investment.

No keep the fences as is, or move them back, maybe even remove them entirely.

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