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SBD/October 3, 2012/Facilities
Mariners Plan To Bring Safeco Field Fences Closer To Home Plate For Next Season
Published October 3, 2012
GAME CHANGER: In Seattle, Larry Stone wrote this was “an absolute necessity for two reasons.” There is “no question whatsoever that the ballpark is in the heads of Mariners hitters.” Also, Safeco Field has “developed such a pervasive reputation as a hitters' graveyard that the Mariners' chances of attracting a quality free-agent offensive player had dwindled to almost non-existent” (SEATTLETIMES.com, 10/2). In a separate piece, Stone wrote players “broke into a cold sweat at the mere mention of the ballpark, and instructed their agents not to take a call” from Zduriencik. Mariners 1B Justin Smoak said, “I'm sure there are a lot of veteran guys out there, free agents, that have declined because of that reason. This should definitely change some things” (SEATTLE TIMES, 10/3).