Ryu Hyun-jin, who is aiming to return in the second half of the 2023 season, awaits him at the home stadium, which is advantageous to batters when he returns.
Local media such as ‘MLB.com’ cited the announcement of the Toronto Blue Jays on the 28th (Korean time) and introduced the Rogers Center outfield, which changes along with the remodeling work.
Speaking of results, the outfield of the new home stadium is at a disadvantage for the pitcher. The middle (400 feet) and left and right foul lines (328 feet) do not change, but the left middle (375 → 368 feet) and right middle (375 → 359 feet) are shortened. The deepest part left-middle is also reduced from 383 feet to 381 feet, and the deepest part right-middle is reduced from 383 feet to 372 feet.
The bullpens of both teams in the outfield were raised to the same height as the spectators, and the length of the fence between the left and right was shortened.
The fence height is also adjustable. If the existing Rogers Center fence had a uniform height regardless of the course, the new outfield has an irregular height. In the middle, instead of being lowered from 10 feet to 8 feet, the left foul pole is increased from 10 feet to 14 feet 4 inches, and the right foul pole is increased from 10 feet to 12 feet 7 inches. 메이저사이트
Shorter fence distances will work in favor of hitters, but higher fence heights are expected to work against line drive hitters. Not good news for pitchers. This is especially true for pitchers who hit a lot of fly balls.
Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro said in an earlier interview during the Winter Meeting that the changing outfield would not change the identity of the team’s offense, but would “add uniqueness and at the same time add interesting results to in-play batting” to add fun to the game. expected to increase.
Instead of parting ways with Teosca Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. this offseason, Toronto signed Kevin Kiermeyer and Dalton Barshaw to strengthen their defense instead of giving up their offense. MLB.com explained that it was not a coincidence that such a player movement occurred at a time when the field outfield fence was changing.
It is expected that it will be possible to explain what kind of change the newly changed Rogers Center outfield will bring to the game performance after playing the actual game. Toronto will first use the modified outfield in a home opener against the Detroit Tigers on April 11th.