SAN DIEGO (AP) - Padres manager Bud Black, general manager Josh
Byrnes and assistant G.M. A.J. Hinch spent several minutes throwing
baseballs off the new fence in right field at Petco Park on Monday,
trying to get a crash course in how they might play starting with the
home opener Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The big hope,
of course, is that more balls will fly over the fences. They were moved
in 11 feet in right field and about 12 feet in the gaps. The
right-field fence was lowered to just under 8 feet, matching the height
of the fence in left and center.
While Petco is expected to remain
a pitchers' park, the Padres hope players who crush a ball will be
rewarded with a homer rather than a frustrating long out.