Why Orioles’ Camden Yards may see fewer home runs this year

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The Orioles are changing the game dimensions of Camden Yards ahead of the 2022 season in an effort to reduce the park’s propensity for home runs.

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Description: The left field wall would be pushed back “by as much as 30 feet” and raised about five feet per team. Last year’s dimensions were 333 feet to the left and 364 feet to the left-center. The fence was seven feet high.

“While Oriole Park will remain a hitter’s ballpark, it will no longer be an outlier.”

— Orioles email to fans

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By numbers: Camden Yards has hit 72 more homers than any other ballpark in the past three seasons, a bigger difference than the gap between second and 13th place, According to the Baltimore Sun,

Fun facts: Camden Yards is responsible for two of the top five seasons in MLB history in terms of home runs at the same ballpark:

  1. 1999 Coors Field: 303
  2. 2019 Camden Yards: 289
  3. 2019 Minute Maid Park: 282
  4. 2021 Camden Yards: 277
  5. 2004 US Cellular Field: 277
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Between the lines: Those astronomical numbers are partly due to O’s atrocious pitching and an overall lack of talent in recent years. But his iconic ballpark being a hitter’s hideout certainly hasn’t helped.

big picture: Camden Yards, which turns 30 next season, has clocked 5,911 home runs since opening in 1992. Most of any ballpark In that time, the entirety of that period with nine had been opened.

go in: The Evolution of MLB Ballpark (Nerdshala)

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