As the quiet MLB-lockout induced offseason rolls on, the Baltimore Orioles revealed some exciting news for the upcoming 2022 campaign. A recent report from Nathan Ruiz at the Baltimore Sun uncovered some changes the Orioles plan to make at Camden Yards, specifically the outfield dimensions.
Camden Yards Alterations
According to the report, Baltimore plans to change the left-field dimensions including raising the wall's height from seven feet to 12 feet and pushing back the warning track about 30 feet.
The changes are spurred amidst baseball's record-setting home run craze, one that has played a particularly negative impact on Orioles pitching.
Camden Yards has seen 5,911 home runs since opening in 1992, the most of any ballpark in that span. Orioles pitching has led the league in home runs allowed each of the past two seasons. While that may be attributed in part to performance, the dimensions clearly play a role.
The MLB broke its league home run record in 2019 when the league smashed 6,776 home runs (671 over the previous record), Orioles pitchers allowed 305 homers to crush the previous MLB record of 258.
The renovations are scheduled to be complete by the start of 2022 Opening Day.
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