One of the toughest hitting parks in the Major Leagues should become a little friendlier for hitters next year.
The park, which has long been called one of the hardest places to hit a home run in the Major Leagues, will see the biggest change in the left-field power alley. Fences in left-center field will be moved in from 390-feet to 378-feet.
The fence will be moved in from four to 17 feet at different points in left field and four feet from straight center to the right-center gap. Seattlemariners.com also reported the 16-foot-high hand-operated scoreboard would be moved back and no longer be part of the fence, making the outfield wall 8-feet high all around the park.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement the goal of moving the fences in was to create an environment fair for both hitters and pitchers.
"Considering the current field dimensions, as well as the climate in and around Safeco Field, we fell this will be accomplished with this new layout," Zduriencik said.
The Mariners rank last in the American League in scoring, home runs and batting average at home this season.