Opening Day at Comerica Park provided the first look at the new backstop installed by the Detroit Tigers for 2016. The team moved from the traditional green padded backstop to a brick design with two concrete Olde English Ds, and man, do people have opinions.
New at Comerica Park this year: A brick backstop behind home plate pic.twitter.com/LepSkiGXNk— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) April 8, 2016
The Tigers' new brick backstop with the Olde English D.— Catherine Slonksnis (@CSlonksnis) April 8, 2016
Very sharp. ⚾ pic.twitter.com/Y5C40gBeWj
The change is both aesthetic and functional as it will play passed balls differently if they reach the backstop. The reviews have been mixed, because of course they have.
@blessyouboys I like the idea of it, but doesn't look like it fits in with the rest of the ball park.— P.J. Wascher (@PEAJAEwascher) April 8, 2016
@blessyouboys Better than before, but feels like a copycat of too many other parks.— Steve Andriola (@Rocco718) April 8, 2016
I'm more interested at any change we will see with passed balls, but personally I think it looks great. But if there is one thing we know, it's that can't please everyone.