Swinging for fences just got more difficult at Coors Field

DENVER (AP) Swinging for the fences just got a little more challenging at Coors Field, with the Colorado Rockies raising the outfield walls in two spots for the upcoming season.

The fence from right-center field and extending into right will be raised by 8 feet in a park that's always been regarded as hitter friendly. In addition, a section of the fence near the left-field foul pole will be elevated 5 feet.

The new fencing will be installed this month and be in place for the home opener on April 8. It will be made out of a see-through, rubberized chain link.

''Every change we make to our process, our field of play or our team, is with the goal to be more competitive as a result,'' Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Tuesday.

Colorado hit 102 of its 186 homers at Coors Field last season.

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