I know it sounds a bit odd, but I would have to say that the Padres’ biggest offseason move has been a literal one thus far. Don’t believe me? Well, as we all know, the Friars have not been “movers & shakers” in the Trade & Free Agent market over the offseason’s first three months. But in spite of the fact that the 2012-2013 moves have not happened from a “roster standpoint,” the Padres’ home ball-park has undergone some recent changes.
Back in late October it was revealed that work would begin this offseason at San Diego’s Petco Park to bring in portions of the ball-park’s fences, and the movement of the Visiting Bullpen from Right-Field foul area to behind the Padres’ Bullpen in Left-Center Field.
This move of course made many Friars fans, including myself, extremely happy to see some of the stadium’s cavernous dimensions altered. While I have never been an advocate of smaller “band-box” parks, Petco’s Pitcher-friendliness and cavernous nature were a bit too much for my taste.
But why I am I bringing the Padres’ recent decision to alter the stadium up right now? Well, as the title states, a photo gallery is now up on the San Diego Union-Tribune’s website of the current construction process and the different areas of the park receiving make-overs. The link for the gallery is right here, so if you have some time to take a quick look, it is definitely worth it.
I for one cannot wait to see what the ball-park looks like when the construction process is finished, and I certainly am interested to see whether or not the new dimensions are in fact “Hitter-Friendlier” than the old ones.