MLB Giants Moving Bullpens Off Field In Oracle Park Reconfiguration
The MLB Giants are "moving their home and visiting bullpens to center and right-center field and shortening the dimension" of the field at Oracle Park slightly, although "probably not as much as hitters might like," according to Henry Schulman of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The bullpens were "on the field for the ballpark's first 20 seasons and a safety hazard for players." Workers have "ripped out rows of benches on either side of the kale garden beyond the center-field fence and put up construction fencing." The long 8-foot wall that "runs from the angle in left-center to the farthest point of Triples Alley" will be "moved up about 4 to 6 feet and lowered a foot to accommodate the new bullpens." A triangle in Triples Alley "will remain but will be a bit shorter than 421 feet from the plate because of the way the new fence is angled." The new bullpens are "part of a larger project that will add a terrace beyond center field where fans can congregate." The Giants are "ripping out about 400 seats." The club already has "told season-ticket holders the bullpens will be moved off the field." The Giants plan to "send them final renderings when they are complete" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/9).