Toronto – Rogers Center will now be a much friendlier soccer field.
As the builders continue to significantly reconfigure the bullpen’s base and surrounding benches, a few feet of turf are being lost in the process, sources say, narrowing the field the Toronto Blue Jays will return to and revamping the depth of field graph. The bulk of the 2023 season begins April 11 against the Detroit Tigers.
The changing heights of the walls will attempt to smooth out the most comfortable boundaries, and a Blue Jays PR representative said the club will share exact dimensions with the public next month.
While the Jays are still working on building, these dimensions are essentially the template used when building their roster for the 2023 season.
The biggest changes are in the halls of power.
A spot in right-center field near the bullpen, the outside wall should move about 20 feet, 375 to 357.
Left-handed hitters, including new additions Daulton Varsho and Brandon Belt, will love this change.
In left field, that same area goes up a few feet, from 375 to 366 feet.
The straight center field is expected to drop from 400 feet to 397, while the distance along the two lines is expected to remain the same at 328 feet from the false posts.
Gone is the familiar half-moon cookie shape that fans have been accustomed to for over 30 years and not only will it look different, but football will now be played differently as well.