Detroit Tigers to change outfield dimensions at Comerica Park

There will be some noticeable changes at Comerica Park in the 2023 season.

The Detroit Tigers, owned by Ilitch Holdings, plan to move in the center-field wall at Comerica Park, the team announced Wednesday.

The center-field fence will be moved in 10 feet, making the wall 412 feet from home plate. The height of the walls will be lowered in center field (from 8.5 feet to 7 feet), right-center field (from 13 feet to 7 feet) and right field (from 8.5 feet to 7 feet). The ballpark will lose the first row of seats in the right field, about 50 seats in total, because of the alterations.

“We wanted to strike the right balance,” Scott Harris, the Tigers’ president of baseball operations, said Wednesday, “where we were improving the offensive conditions for our hitters without fundamentally changing the profile of the park, and we felt like we could do that with these changes.”

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Detroit Tigers fans practice social distancing due to COVID-19 regulations during the season opener against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Comerica Park in Detroit.

The dimensions at Comerica Park, long viewed as pitcher-friendly, have been set at 345 feet in left field, 370 feet in left-center field, 420 feet in center field, 365 right-center field and 330 feet in right field since 2003. -2022.

Laser measurements of the outfield wall, as part of the research process, measured the old center-field wall at 422 feet. (Also, left field is being relabeled as 342 feet instead of 345 feet.) The new center-field distance, 412 feet, still leaves Comerica Park as the second-deepest ballpark in baseball, behind only Coors Field (415). The league-average distance in center is 402 feet.

The entire outfield wall is going to be reconstructed with material and padding that enhances player safety.

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