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Red Sox won't move OF wall

Posted on: January 20, 2011 9:53 pm

Fenway Park's landmark status has thrown a wrench into plans to expand the right-field bullpens, which would move in the fences, and the Red Sox have scrapped the plan for now.

The narrowness of the bullpens, which have had roughly the same configuration since they were added in 1940, keeps the Red Sox from offering some of the amenities now common in major-league ballparks, including workout areas and climate-conrolled indoor sections. The team's proposal would have reduced the distance from home plate to right field from 380 feet to 371 feet.

"We're going to re-examine it and see if we can come up with some alternative plans that might give us a chance to have a safer and more competitive bullpen facility, as well as shorten a bit the walls in right field," Red Sox president Larry Lucchino told Thursday. "It's down the road somewhere."

A recent Boston Herald story said the move was scrapped because the Massachusetts Historical Commission did not approve it, which would have cost the team tax credits. Lucchino told ESPN that was not the primary factor.

"It was not a specific tax consideration," Lucchino said. "The danger was more about jeopardizing the historic designation attached to Fenway Park. ... The folks in the historic community have addressed the issue and have spoken to us about re-examining some of our plans and thoughts for it. And we will do that. It's not going to happen this year but it may happen down the road."

The Red Sox are making some upgrades to Fenway this offseason, including the addition of video boards and some new seats.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 12:49 pm

Red Sox won't move OF wall

The Sox usually mimick or try to copy moves made by the Yankees. That said, maybe they should build a new stadium next to the old one and call the new one by the same name as the old. This would be a great opportunity to update the entire place from top to bottom.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 12:05 pm

Red Sox won't move OF wall

Fenway Park is a rat infested fire hazard........Yea, it's got tradition and was on my list of ballparks to see but they made a good descision to keep things the way they are.......

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:16 am

Red Sox won't move OF wall

Even as a Yankee fan I have got to say Fenway is a great place to see a ball game, but I can't see them moving the fences in.  The monster is already at little leage regulation and the Pesky pole only takes a long pop-up to get one out too.  If anything they need to push the fences back.

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:00 am

Red Sox won't move OF wall

Ha, you're supposed to log onto your other screen name before agreeing with your first post.  This does seem silly, if they need to upgrade facilities and aren't literally tearing down the building to do it they shouldn't have "historical" status in jeopardy.  History buffs are nutty though (no offense to you Civil War reenactors reading this).

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:16 am

Red Sox won't move OF wall

oh u mean like the way they did ur stadium? only to have the foundation and walkways crack 2 months after it opened

Since: Jan 21, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2011 4:50 am

Red Sox won't move OF wall

could not agree more, dig a hole and bury it

Since: Jan 21, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2011 4:14 am

Red Sox won't move OF wall

just tear the dump down.

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