CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians announced Friday they will move outfield fences back at Cleveland Stadium this season because of the team's lack of power.
The club said the new dimensions will make Cleveland Stadium the largest park in the American League, foul line to foul line.
League rules require that once fences are moved, they must remain at those distances for the entire season.
The center field fence will be moved from 400 feet to 415 feet.
Fences will remain the same at 320 feet down the left and right field lines, and be moved from 377 to 390 in left field, 387 to 400 in left- center field, 395 to 400 in right-center field and 385 to 390 in right field.
The 1990 Indians had only 52 home runs in Cleveland Stadium, compared with 86 by their opponents, but were only outscored at home, 373-363.
Indians oppoents scored 31 percent of their 373 runs on home runs at Cleveland Stadium, and the Indians scored only 21 percent of their 363 runs on home runs.
And two of the team's leading home run hitters -- Candy Maldonado (22) and Cory Snyder (14) -- will not be back in 1991. Maldonado is a free agent the Indians will not re-sign and Snyder was traded to the White Sox.
The leading home run hitter returning is Brook Jacoby, who had 14 home runs in 1990.