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Marlins don’t plan on moving in fences at new ballpark

May 15, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

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Marlins Park features some of the largest outfield dimensions in the major leagues and has already held in a number of shots off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, among other big-league sluggers, that would have been home runs in other stadiums.

But the Fish aren’t tempted to make any changes.

Here’s Marlins president David Samson, addressing the topic Tuesday in a meeting with the media that included Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post:

“We want it to be pitcher friendly, but fair to hitters who get all of it,” Samson said.

“No cheapies. If you get it, we want it to go. We have no reason to think about doing anything with the fences. The park is playing fair.”

The Marlins are only 16 home games into the park’s debut season. We’ll see if Samson’s attitude changes.

  1. sdbunting - May 15, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    I feel like we heard the same from the Wilpons about Citi. Give it a season or two.

    (Old Gator: can you email me? bunting at tomatonation dot com. Have a Feesh question.)

    • Old Gator - May 15, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      Will do. But the Chihuahua changing his attitude? Doubtful. But if he does, I can’t wait to see the preposterous spin the little asylum Napoleon puts on it.

    • chumthumper - May 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      Wait till they start having problems signing hitters who don’t want their stats to (feesh) tank and they’ll change their tune.

  2. hotkarlsandwich - May 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Maybe it’s setup to not allow as many Horne runs so they don’t have to start that dolphin thing in centerfield.

    • Old Gator - May 16, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      There are no dolphins on it – just marlins and flamingos, and an unpleasant discharge from the lower right side.

    • Francisco (FC) - May 16, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      Yeah if they move the fences in the home run output would soar and the Hellraiser dude might get in through the portal created by firing up that ghastly creation so often…

      • Old Gator - May 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM

        I’d be more concerning about admitting Mr. Mxyzptlk. Some claim to have seen him already, working as the Feesh’s batting instructor.

  3. quizguy66 - May 15, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    It’d be nice if they kept a few parks as pitchers parks or as ones that play differently (such as Marlins Park) does. Making everything the same band-box style is like the modern version of the 70s cookie cutter epidemic.

    -QG

  4. xmatt0926x - May 16, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Give it 1 or 2 more seasons. The pitcher friendly parks always have the same issues and the home team hitting stars start griping and deservedly so. If you have good enough pitching it won’t matter if the fences are brought in. The only thing these large parks do is make your own hitters change their approach and screw themselves up and they start complaining. I’m guessing Josh Johnson doesn’t care how far the fences are.

  5. buffalomafia - May 16, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Move the fences in! Fans want to see the ling ball.

  6. styx630 - May 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Like I’m gonna believe anything that comes out of David Samson’s mouth.

    • Old Gator - May 16, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Absolutely. His rectum is his reliable end.

  7. hansob - May 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    There’s a competitive advantage to be had if they play it right. Bring in guys who work the count and get on base, and bring in pitchers who throw strikes and may have had their perceived value beaten down by the long ball. Then make sure your outfield defense is elite.

    Guys like Brett Gardner and any number of Bronson Arroyo-like pitchers would be ideal for the Marlins.

  8. phillyphan83 - May 16, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Just take down that ridiculously ugly “THING” in left-center. MLB should have to approve crap like that to be put in a stadium. I swear, I only thought I’d se something that ridiculous in a movie. I’d be embarrassed Marlins fans. Clearly the new ownership is lacking IQ points.

    • natstowngreg - May 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Somehow, I suspect MLBHQ had input into, if not necessarily a veto over, ballpark design.

  9. jimmymarlinsfan - May 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    This ballpark is designed for the team currently in place…guys like Reyes and bonifacio hit doubles and triples everywhere and Hanley and Stanton hit homers

    Not to mention its only a matter of time before Gaby is gone, Lomo at first and Yelich in right after Stanton moves to left

    • Old Gator - May 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Poor Gaby. An utterly likable guy who just lost it alla sudden and has no idea why. And a hometown boy on top of that.

      Morrison at first gives me no comfort whatsoever. He’s just an awful situational hitter and his knee looks like a long-term liability. But at least we won’t have to watch him running crop circles in the outfield trying to figure out where a popup is going to come down.

  10. gloccamorra - May 16, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    In ballparks with a roof, don’t you have to wait until July/August when the AC is on full blast? The ball travels really well in Phoenix.

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