BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles are moving the left-field wall back 30 feet in an effort to make Oriole Park at Camden Yards a little more pitcher-friendly.
An Orioles spokesman confirmed the team’s plans Wednesday, sharing an email sent to fans whose seats will be affected.
“By the start of the 2022 season, the distance from home plate to the left field wall will be pushed back up to 30 feet, in variable increments at different points on the wall, and the height will be increased by approximately 5 feet,” the email said. “By pushing back the left field wall, we’ve created a playing field that’s fair to both pitchers and hitters.”
Baltimore hit 122 home runs at home last year and 73 on the road. Orioles pitchers allowed 155 home runs at home, compared to just 103 on the road.
“While Oriole Park will continue to be a ballpark for hitters, it will no longer be an outlier among parks,” the email to fans said.
Last year’s dimensions at Camden Yards were 333 feet left and 364 feet left-center. The fence was 7 feet high.