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Black ponders moving fences at Petco


08:12 AM ET 05.25 | There's no doubt PETCO swallows up balls that, as Ryan Ludwick said over the weekend, would be "bombs other places." On Monday, Bud Black was asked what his stance was on moving in the PETCO Park fences. "I think there's room for discussion," Black said, choosing his words carefully before taking a long pause and repeating himself. "I just think there's room to talk about it in our park." Black didn't expand on what he said, but he hasn't been one to typically discuss the park's dimensions, even to that extent. The topic has been brought up in recent days, however, and mostly avoided. Black doesn't think the park, which is notoriously difficult to hit for power in, has psyched out his players.

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May 25, 2011  08:34 AM ET

Help your hitters, tick off your pitchers

May 25, 2011  08:38 AM ET

I would think that decision would be more up to the owners or general manager then to the manager.

May 25, 2011  09:18 AM ET

yeah...."that's" the problem

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May 25, 2011  09:38 AM ET

Great - now players are dictating field dimensions. SD is a pitchers team - has been for a long time. They just are gapping the ball right now. Get over yourself Ludwick - you weren't much until the Cards got you straightened out.

Well, they're a "pitcher's" team in large part because of the ball park. Make Petco look like Camden Yards and it will be amazing how quickly the pitchers suck and the hitters learn how to hit.

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May 25, 2011  09:46 AM ET

If they can't hit the gaps now - I doubt the "power" numbers will come either. IMO.

The numbers would be better, my sister could hit the ball out of Camden.

May 25, 2011  10:29 AM ET

Never mind Petco. How about Citi Field?

May 25, 2011  11:17 AM ET

The the Padres are really going to get that butt kicked. The other teams will be teeing off on their sorry selves.

May 25, 2011  11:47 AM ET

Good Point Pontiff. Citi Field is crazy senile old Freddy Wilpon's tribute to Ebbets Field. By the way Freddy, David Wright was a Superstar at Shea, where his 2005-2008 averages were as follows: BA: .311, HR's: 29, RBI's: 112, K's: 115. Since Citi, his BA is down 18 pts, HR's down 10, RBI's down 30 and K's up 35 !! You think it's time to move in the fences at Citi yet, Crazy Freddy ???

May 25, 2011  12:04 PM ET

Never mind Petco. How about Citi Field?

what about Citi Field?

May 25, 2011  12:35 PM ET

It's not the park BB.(brain) The Padres lost a lot of players during this offseason - remember?
I watched the Mariners series there at Petco over the weekend and the M's put up 35 strike outs plus scored 14 points to the Padre's 2 points - TOTAL!
The Padres simply are not the same team they've been the last few years.
And it's not just the hitting either, they messed up on the base paths, they botched simple fielding plays, their pitchers let Seattle's lineup score 4-0, 4-1, 6-1 victories on them.
News Flash Mr. Black - That's not the parks fault dude.

May 25, 2011  01:23 PM ET

"Black doesn't think the park, which is notoriously difficult to hit for power in, has psyched out his players."

No, that would be trading the only quality hitter to Beantown. A-Gone was their only offense. If the players cant find the gap, I doubt moving the fences in would help their hitters much.

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May 25, 2011  04:09 PM ET

Call me old school, but i believe if a pitcher makes a mistake, he needs to pay for it.

May 25, 2011  04:12 PM ET

It wouldn't matter. Even if the Padres raise their offensive numbers, they'll still trade away any talent they get. What a joke of a franchise. I can't believe some people down here actually root for this team when all they do is trade their talent

May 25, 2011  05:39 PM ET

Petco is fine. Most of the other parks need to move their fences out.

May 25, 2011  05:40 PM ET

Petco is fine. Most of the other parks need to move their fences out.

May 25, 2011  06:59 PM ET

Comerica is a "pitcher's park" too. But Miggy Cabrera does quite fine there. And did well in Miami to boot. No excuses for ballparks.

May 25, 2011  09:48 PM ET

With all the hype and attention that home runs get, it's friggin' stupid that there are no standard dimensions for the outfield in MLB.


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