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Angels Move Center Field Sign In Hopes Of Improving Batting Average

An ad for Pechanga Casino had been encroaching toward the batters’ line of sight near center field
Photo: GETTY IMAGES
An ad for Pechanga Casino had been encroaching toward the batters’ line of sight near center field
Photo: GETTY IMAGES
An ad for Pechanga Casino had been encroaching toward the batters’ line of sight near center field
Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Angels GM Billy Eppler said that "months of study by the team's analytics department concluded" that part of the reason they have the worst batting average in MLB against lefties since '15 "might have been an ad on the center field fence," according to Jeff Fletcher of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. The ad had been "encroaching toward the batters’ line of sight" since '12, "moving to its furthest left position, closest to straightaway center," in '15. When the Angels returned for a homestand on Tuesday, the sign -- for the Pechanga Casino -- had been "moved to the right, clearing the fence in center field." Eppler said that he is "not sure moving the sign will make a difference," and he had "never heard a player complain about the placement" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/27).