While listening to 98.5 on the ride to work earlier this week I caught a soundbyte of the initial report that the Boston Red Sox owners are working out a plan to extend the bullpen six feet. The six foot extension would result in the bullpen being six feet closer to home plate. John Henry, Red Sox owner, said that it was being done to make the relievers more comfortable in the bullpen and giving them more space.
This is a great idea for a team that has lacked offensive power and watched numerous fly balls die out before the wall at the warning track. Although six feet doesn't seem like much in an already miniature right field wall at Fenway Park, that six feet could add another five to seven home runs for David Ortiz who has seemed to go back and forth with his power and then lack there of.
The Red Sox management is also going to add more seats in right field in the Gate D area. For a park that is already very enticing and friendly to left handed power hitters, that six feet inward shift could light up a smile for soon to be free agent Carl Crawford and help bring him to Boston for next season. I can see the headlines now: Red Sox make right field distance shorter for Crawford; signs seven year deal.
Thanks to wallyg for the picture of Fenway Park.