The Red Sox had proposed widening the bullpens by nine feet to improve safety for players and coaches in the right-field bullpens. The move would have put the right-field fences at 371 feet -- down from 380.
Because Fenway Park is a landmark, the Red Sox must submit changes to state and city oversight agencies. The MHS and the Boston Landmarks Commission didn't actually have problems with the proposed renovations; the MHS merely determined the Red Sox would not receive tax breaks if they were implemented.
The right-field home-run fence has been a special area of interest at Fenway Park over the years. In 1940 the Red Sox moved in the right-field fences 20 feet in a move clearly designed to help Ted Williams launch more home runs: sportswriters subsequently dubbed the new bullpen area Williamsburg.
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