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Postby BobbyRoberto » Sun Apr 11, 2004 12:30 am

The Expos' games in San Juan should be high-scoring affairs, with that puny park they play in down there, yet the scores have been 3-2 and 1-0 (tonight). I thought the Expos would have a good offense, or at least above-average, yet they've scored just 9 runs in 5 games. What's up with that?
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Postby jdh » Sun Apr 11, 2004 12:32 am

Apparently, they moved back the fences at Hiram Bithorn last year and made the dimensions so that they match Olympic Stadium exactly (that's what they said on the WPIX broadcast). If that is true, it should no longer be any better than a neutral park.
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Postby BobbyRoberto » Sun Apr 11, 2004 12:58 am

I hadn't heard that they moved the fences back. Has anyone else heard this also?
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Postby mmdmaznn » Sun Apr 11, 2004 1:08 am

I also heard this. Some guys were talking about it on a Yahoo forum...that the fences have been moved back to make it more standard depths.
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Postby BobbyRoberto » Sun Apr 11, 2004 1:47 am

Well that sucks for me, owner of Vidro, Wilkerson, and Nick "DL" Johnson. I was hoping for big things from them in the 22 games in San Juan.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'
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Postby brenzie » Sun Apr 11, 2004 4:28 am

They have made the Hiram more reflective of the depth at Olympic Stadium,
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Postby TAJK » Sun Apr 11, 2004 10:14 am

Here's what CBS sportsline say about the park.

The Montreal Expos play three more games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, hosting the Florida Marlins from Tuesday-Thursday. Although Hiram Bithorn has endured minor cosmetic changes during the winter, including improved Field Turf and outfield fences that are five feet deeper, it should still rank among the five most favorable hitters' environments in the majors. ..
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Postby GotowarMissAgnes » Sun Apr 11, 2004 10:22 am

Olympic Stadium was no slouch as a hitter's park in any case. It averages as a 103.
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Postby Amazinz » Sun Apr 11, 2004 10:59 am

It's still a good hitter's park there has just been some good pitching the last two days.
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Postby KPucks » Sun Apr 11, 2004 11:40 am

GotowarMissAgnes wrote:Olympic Stadium was no slouch as a hitter's park in any case. It averages as a 103.

I have no idea what this number means. Could you explain?
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