Will The Changes At Oriole Park at Camden Yards Help or Hurt The Baltimore Orioles?
The Baltimore Orioles adjusting the left-field wall caused a bit of a stir for the fan base
On January 13th, 2022, Nathan Ruiz of the Baltimore Sun quote tweeted an account on Twitter with a photo of construction happening at Camden Yards, but no formal announcement had been made at that time from the Baltimore Orioles. Fans were wondering what it would look like or wanted to see what the renderings would look like as the construction just started without any formal announcement.
On January 14th, 2022, the Baltimore Sun posted a photo on Twitter with the renderings of the construction at Camden Yards since the fans were wondering what the final product would look like.
On Friday, February 18th, 2022, Nathan Ruiz was able to get an updated photo of how the wall is looking after about a month of construction.
When all this is said and done, will this end up helping or hurting the Orioles? Sure, it will reduce the number of home runs allowed at Camden Yards, but it will also reduce the number of home runs hit by the Orioles too. Teams coming into Camden Yards will have to play a different style of offense, more of a small ball type of offense. No more swinging for the fences. Now instead of being known as a hitters ballpark, Camden Yards will be known as a pitchers ballpark.
This construction project costs 3.5 million dollars and might be able to help bring top pitching free agents to sign with the Orioles knowing that they won’t get lit up anymore when pitching in their home ballpark. Another way this could help the Orioles is that the front office could starting drafting and developing players who are on-base machines and have little pop. Let’s go with the Billy Beane philosophy and get on base no matter what it takes.