How Will Adjusted OPACY Dimensions Impact the Orioles?
The hitter’s park identity of OPACY may be reaching a turning point with the recent announcement of adjusted park dimensions this week
It is being reported by Nathan Ruiz, a beat writer for the Baltimore Sun, that the left-field wall at Oriole Park at Camden Yards will be changing in 2022. The Baltimore Orioles, set to celebrate their 30th season at OPACY in the coming season, will have to adapt to new field dimensions.
In Ruiz’s article, he mentions that the wall will be about 5 feet taller and as much as 30 feet farther from home plate. That will make it a little more difficult for hitters from now on. Maybe this will assure OPACY won’t be known as a hitter’s park anymore.
This move will also make it harder for left fielders to rob potential home runs and make highlight reel-type catches. But, in the end, will help out the Baltimore Orioles pitching staff. It will be disappointing that the fans won’t be able to see home run robbing catches.
Let’s hope this doesn’t take away the allure of Camden Yards. It is still one of the best ballparks in all of baseball, but hopefully, this change won’t impact its iconic look. I hope the fans are ok with this move.
If left-field is going to be moved back 30 feet further from home plate, how many seats will be removed? The current capacity is 45,971, so they could potentially lose up to 2,000 seats? I guess that won’t have an impact due to the last few years of this rebuild.
This decision must’ve been in the works for a while now because you don’t just come up with something like this overnight. This is going to be very interesting to see and how it plays out during the 2022 season and I’m looking forward to seeing it.
What are your thoughts on this move? Do you think this will be a good thing to reduce the number of home runs hit to left-field? Will this take away some of the allure and prestige of one of the most beautiful stadiums in all of baseball?