Over the past three seasons, Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies, has allowed 570 home runs, which is the most in the National League and fourth-most in all of baseball during that time period.
To try and limit the amount of home runs allowed in the ballpark moving forward, the organization has elected to raise part of their outfield fences prior to the start of the 2016 season.
The Rockies have chosen to raise the outfield fences in two places. First, the wall between right-center and right field will be increased by eight feet and nine inches, which will stand at 16 feet, six inches, the same as the out-of-town scoreboard. With this change, a green chain-linked fence will be placed above the current wall in front of both the visitor and home bullpens.
Along with the changes in right-center and right field, the organization will also increase the height of the outfield fence down the left field line. This fence will be six feet, one inch higher than the original wall.
The newly installed fences are not expected to block any seats, and the changes are set to be ready for the team’s home opener on April 8 against the San Diego Padres.
Why is the team only moving the fences up in these two areas? According to Nick Groke of the Denver Post, general manager Jeff Bridich stated that the team did some in-depth research as to where the ballpark allowed the most home runs.
According to Bridich, after they looked at all the information, they found that these two areas of the field allowed the highest percentage of the home runs in the stadium over the past few seasons. With the changes, the team is hoping that the home run total could drop by five-to-six percent as early as this season. Even with the recent changes, the organization is not ruling out making more adjustments to their fences in the near future.
A surplus of offense has been a consistent issue for Coors Field in the past, and the team is looking to make changes to help make their stadium become more fair and friendly for pitchers. There probably are still more adjustments on the way, but this is a start in the right direction for the Rockies as they work to limit the amount of home runs on their home turf.