Camden Yards seeks to level the playing field for pitchers and hitters—by enlarging it

Can changing the design of a beloved baseball park help a team attract better talent and win more games?

And is it appropriate for a team to alter the field dimensions at its own field to affect the way it “plays” for the home team and visitors?

Those are questions that baseball fans, sportswriters, and elected officials have been debating after the Baltimore Orioles unveiled plans to change the left field dimensions at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, just as the field turns 30 years old and draws renewed praise for its design.

The project involves demolishing the 7-foot-high left-field wall that has been

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