In a somewhat surprising (but not really, in the grand scheme of things) move, the Seattle Mariners announced they were moving in the fences at Safeco Field this upcoming offseason.
The Mariners struggled to hit at home, and Safeco Field's spacious field has a reputation for gobbling up would-be home runs. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times took to Twitter to get a couple of reactions from the players.
The biggest change is coming to the left-field power vacuum, where the fence at left/center will move in 17 feet and the left-field corner will move in four feet. The old hand-operated scoreboard will also be removed so that the fence will remain a uniform eight feet high across the outfield.
The hitters seemed to respond in a pretty predictable fashion.
Mike Carp on fences being moved in: "It's hard to bring players here because everybody wants to put up numbers and do things.'' #mariners— Geoff Baker (@gbakermariners) October 2, 2012
Jesus Montero on Mariners moving fences in: "This is great news.'' #mariners #fences— Geoff Baker (@gbakermariners) October 2, 2012
Meanwhile, Jason Vargas had a rather entertaining look on the whole matter. Hopefully, a more sarcastic view -- but considering the amount of home runs he gives up, also possibly a very honest, introspective view.
Jason Vargas views diagram of new, moved-in Safeco fence alignment, points 30 feet beyond LCF. "Mine usually go way back there, anyway.''— Geoff Baker (@gbakermariners) October 2, 2012