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SBD/October 23, 2012/Facilities
Padres To Change Petco Park Dimensions, Move In Outfield Fences For '13
Published October 23, 2012
DUE DILIGENCE: MLB.com's Corey Brock wrote, "You don't need an MBA in Quantitative Analysis to know what you were seeing at Petco Park." Byrnes: "We compared some of that research to what our eyeballs were telling us. Clearly, ours was extreme. We felt it was right to make these changes." Brock noted discussions about potential changes in dimensions "occurred before executive chairman Ron Fowler and his ownership group came onboard in August." Fowler "made sure to check with baseball operations to make sure this was indeed the right decision." Fowler: "We didn't ask them once, we asked them twice. That's when we decided to pull the trigger" (MLB.com, 10/22).
STAY THE COURSE: Giants President & CEO Larry Baer said of any potential changes to AT&T Park, "We don't see any compelling reason to do it. To some extent, we fashioned the team around the ballpark and have gotten zero complaints from fans. If we have more 4-3 games than 9-8 games, that's not necessarily a bad thing" (SFGATE.com, 10/23).