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    Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    Without Griffey, I think the walls in right field should be raised to match the rest of the ballpark. The walls were obviously very friendly to a hitter like Junior, and I wouldn't doubt that management had him in mind when they configured the park. I am sure there was a hope that short fence in right would allow Griffey to chase history, and Aaron.

    I would like to see the walls raised, to make the park a bit more pitcher friendly, and maybe encourage free agents to look at Cincy more favorably.

    Just a thought...

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    Re: Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    I think something needs to be done to bring down the launching pad nature of the stadium for sure.

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    Re: Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    Harang mentioned the other day that ownership should consider removing the first 2 rows of seats in right field and making the wall the same height as the left field wall. I'm sure Walt has put a bug in Castellini's ear about this already... so I wouldn't be surprised to see this happen during this offseason. There's obviously money that needs to be spent for doing this, but they really can't afford NOT to do it. This team needs all the help it can get for next year and beyond, and making the park a bit more pitcher-friendly is a good start.
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    Re: Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    No.

    We still have Bruce and Votto. Leave the RF porch alone. Jeese.
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    Re: Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    Quote Originally Posted by JayBruce32 View Post
    No.

    We still have Bruce and Votto. Leave the RF porch alone. Jeese.
    That's a valid point. I expect the two of them to one day combine for 60 jacks a year. When/if they develop true homerun power, then raise em up, and they can hit jacks anyway.
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    Re: Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    I don't know why, there's no absolute advantage to have the walls one way or the other.

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    Re: Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    Do something to make the ballpark less of a bandbox. This park was poorly planned out and honestly I think poorly designed. I wish current ownership was in charge of the construction and then the focus would have been on building a great park instead of coming in under budget.
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    Re: Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    I was kinda hoping the just push it back 5 to 6 feet.. with a non circular wall.. as in.. give it a little nook and let the field have a little deviation from the standard round outfield.. the outfield wall that isnt completely normal gives a park a little extra flavor..

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    Re: Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    Brandon Phillips may never hit another HR.

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    Re: Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    why not? unless we put a 60 foot high wall in left field....

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    Re: Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    It definitely would help. Ask Aaron Harang:

    Harang pitches ideas to fix up the ballpark

    By Hal McCoy

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    Wednesday, August 27, 2008

    HOUSTON — Aaron Harang is not an architect, although he took a drafting class in the eighth grade and his parents have designs he did of a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house.

    Harang is willing to take his ideas — no charge — to Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini on how to eliminate cheap home runs in Great American Ball Park.

    "What they should do is remove two rows of seats in the right-field stands and raise the wall to the same height as it is in left field (12 feet)," Harang said. "That would eliminate line-drive home runs that barely clear the wall (8 feet) and end up in the first row.

    "And they should raise the wall to the same height in center to eliminate home runs that barely clear the wall and land in the grass," he added.

    "They should put wind screens up in that gap in the stands between home plate and third base that causes a jet stream to right and center," Harang added.

    "I'm not *****ing about this because of my record (4-13), but I know that would save our pitchers 20 home runs a year and at least 30 runs," he said. "How many line drives barely clear that wall in right, and how many balls barely clear the center-field wall and drop into that grass? I know I've given up a few."

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    It would definitely help our Pitching Staff, and Bruce and Votto aren't really guys who hit "cheap home runs".
    BP on the other hand - but of course he doesn't hit too many to RF.

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    Re: Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    I'm with Aaron Harang on this one. Let's fix those walls and at least try to make GABP a little less homer friendly. What can it hurt?!
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    Re: Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    Quote Originally Posted by HeatherC1212 View Post
    I'm with Aaron Harang on this one. Let's fix those walls and at least try to make GABP a little less homer friendly. What can it hurt?!
    Is a park being homer friendly really a bad thing? Is a park being completely pitching dominated really a bad thing?

    Everyone has to play in the same conditions in a particular game, I don't see the point in changing something just because there's a perceived imbalance between offense and pitching.

    What might help the Reds pitching now might hurt the Reds offense in 10 years.

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    Re: Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    I think putting the wind screens up to eliminate the wind jet would be suffice. Raising the walls also may hurt this phenomenally great offense and just cause us to loose 2-0 a lot. But I think the wind screens can help eliminate some of the cheap home runs that get significantly wind aided.

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    Re: Without Griffey chasing history, do we raise the walls?

    I like the right field wall. The ballpark experience in left field does not compare to that in right if you're sitting in the first couple rows.
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