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08:17 AM ET 10.03 | Believe it or not, even Felix Hernandez is on board with the soon-to-be shortened dimensions of Safeco Field. No, it won't solve all that ails [the Mariners], but it will help in two vital areas that could be hugely beneficial to propelling them forward. The first is assuaging the battered psyches of the young Mariner hitters, beaten down by too many well-struck blasts which scream "home run" off the bat, only to die a maddening death at the warning track. And the second is making Safeco Field a viable destination for free-agent sluggers. ... "I'm sure there are a lot of veteran guys out there, free agents, that have declined because of that reason," Smoak said. "This should definitely change some things."

The Seattle Times

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October 3, 2012  09:21 AM ET

The only reason any player would choose the Mariners is not for a chance to win but I am greedy show me the money.

October 3, 2012  10:52 AM ET

New recruiting tool...."we stink every year, and doubt you'll get paid what you're worth but hey, we'd love to have you".

No thanks.

October 3, 2012  11:42 AM ET

Teams moving the fences in is one of my pet peeves. We should be reading more articles about how teams in the bandbox parks are moving their fences out......not the other way around. Places like Safeco and Petco should be the standard bearers.

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October 3, 2012  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Teams moving the fences in is one of my pet peeves. We should be reading more articles about how teams in the bandbox parks are moving their fences out......not the other way around. Places like Safeco and Petco should be the standard bearers.

Solution: add "co" to the end of every stadium's name.

It would be much harder to hit HRs in Fenwayco.

October 3, 2012  02:10 PM ET
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Solution: add "co" to the end of every stadium's name. It would be much harder to hit HRs in Fenwayco.

Fenco. I like that.

October 3, 2012  02:17 PM ET

Don't do it, Mariners. Make the visitors to your park. Embrace your differences. Distinctive fields is one of the things that distinguishes baseball from the other sports, whether it is the wall in Fenway, the ivy in Wrigley, the hill in Houston, the Bay SF or the foul territory in Oakland.

October 3, 2012  06:10 PM ET

Shorten it and they will come...

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October 4, 2012  01:59 AM ET
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Shorten it and they will come...

I'd say your wife begs to differ

October 4, 2012  01:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Teams moving the fences in is one of my pet peeves. We should be reading more articles about how teams in the bandbox parks are moving their fences out......not the other way around. Places like Safeco and Petco should be the standard bearers.

In general I agree with you, but Seattle is an exception. It is a big park, but the real problem is that the ball doesn't carry. Except for the last couple of weeks in August, and the first couple of weeks in September. you can shoot the ball from a Bazooka and it won't reach the fences. It is like having a park where the fences are 500 feet away.

Granted, when the weather finally warms up in mid-August, it will be sort of a hitters park for a month or so, but the rest of the year it will be a pretty fair park if they move the fences in. I like baseball in a fair park, where if the hitter does his job and crushes the ball it goes out, or if the pitcher does his job and gets the hitter to "just miss" the ball is an out on the warning track.

 
October 4, 2012  02:49 PM ET
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Teams moving the fences in is one of my pet peeves. We should be reading more articles about how teams in the bandbox parks are moving their fences out......not the other way around. Places like Safeco and Petco should be the standard bearers.

The days of fans wanting 2-1 ballgames, games featuring 6+ innings of nothing, is far in the rear view mirror.

The coming to safeco 378 left power alley is actually comparable to much of mlb. With Seattle's cool, damp air, and wind often blowing in from the north, the park will still very much favor pitchers.

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