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New Restaurant Opening At Safeco Field Named After Former Mariner Edgar Martinez
Published December 5, 2012
BAITING BATTERS: USA TODAY's Paul White notes the Mariners and the Padres are "banking on shorter fences next season to help their on-field fortunes." The moves will not "suddenly turn their pitcher-friendly ballparks into hitter's havens," but they will "serve to put out a welcome mat of sorts for those who hit the long ball for a living." Mariners Assistant GM Jeff Kingston said, "The one immediate result is that we're not dealing with the obstacle of trying to convince hitters to consider Safeco (Field). They're more open-minded about coming to Seattle than they were. In the past, we felt like we were swimming upstream." The Mariners' plan is to "make each part of the ballpark have neither a hitters' or pitchers' skew," which is why they "didn't touch more hitter-friendly right field" (USA TODAY, 12/5).