The Red Sox want to bring the right field fence in by nine feet
The team is seeking approval from the Boston Landmarks Commission to widen Fenway Park’s bullpen by about 9 feet - a double-edged alteration that should make hitting home runs to right field that much easier.
The change - part of an offseason ballpark renovation plan announced today - would shorten the distance from home plate to the bullpen fence from the current 380 feet to about 371 feet.
In case you’re curious, here’s the chart of home runs in Fenway Park for 2010. It obviously doesn’t show the fly balls or doubles off the wall that will be home runs if the change goes through, but there are bound to be a good number. While it still doesn’t make a poke to right a cheapie, this will apparently shorten Pesky Pole homers too*, so yeah, there are going to be more homers in Boston if this goes down.
And that’s what we really need: more slugfests in Boston.
*I think I misread that. The article says that the wall “behind the Pesky Pole” will be shorter. I think that means “beyond” and that the distance down the line itself will remain the same. My bad.