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New Fenway bullpens would alter RF

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 19, 2010 05:59 PM

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The Red Sox may be getting a new bullpen literally.

The team is hoping to increase the width of the bullpens at Fenway Park by approximately eight feet, a change that would make it safer for pitchers warming up and cut down on the dimensions in right field.

Because Fenway is designated as a landmark, the Red Sox must first receive permission from the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Boston Landmarks Commission before making such a significant change.

The Red Sox' proposal is on the agenda of the Landmarks Commission for its Oct. 26 meeting.

According to team president Larry Lucchino, who spoke to reporters at Fenway today while showing off other improvements, the home and visiting team bullpens at Fenway are 21 feet across, eight feet shorter than the distance recommended by Major League Baseball. For years, pitchers have complained about the tight quarters while warming up.

Expanding the bullpens also would shorten the distance from home plate to right field by nine or 10 feet. Red Sox officials do not see that as a problem given that Fenway has one of the most expansive right fields in the game.

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