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Logan Morrison wants the fences moved in at Marlins Park

Sep 21, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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Marlins Park boasts some of the largest outfield dimensions of any stadium in the majors, so it’s no surprise that some of the team’s hitters would like to see the fences moved in. Count Logan Morrison among them.

Morrison has blasted five home runs in 158 plate appearances on the road this season compared to just one home run in 155 plate appearances at home. While he doesn’t blame his power outage solely on Marlins Park, he tells Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that it has played a part.

“It’s definitely a factor,” Morrison said of the Marlins’ huge ballpark. “And that translates into the average not being there, too. You drive balls to the wall and they get caught. Not only is it not a homer, it’s not a hit.”

Morrison is not alone among Marlins players who would like to see the team bring the fences in.

“I think that would make it fair,” Morrison said. “But it’s not my decision.”

Marlins Park might stifle power production, but ESPN’s Park Factors notes that was 16th in the majors in run production last year and is tied for ninth this year. In other words, while balls might not be going over the fence, the vast dimensions allow for plenty of hits to fall. Morrison is an example of this, as he has a .257 batting average at home compared to a .228 batting average on the road. Still, if the fences are having an impact on the morale of the offense — it’s bad enough being a Marlin — it could be worth it to make the change. Besides, doesn’t Jeffrey Loria want the home run sculpture to do its magic?

It’s worth mentioning that Giancarlo Stanton might be wondering what the fuss is all about, as he produced significantly better at Marlins Park than anywhere else this season. Of course, he could probably play his home games in the Grand Canyon and still be successful.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Tweeter’s mediocrity is not a function of where the fences are. It’s a function of his limited talent as a hitter. I also find it amusing the way DJ describes him as having “blasted” five home runs plus one – this is not exactly the production of a slugger, even of a would-be slugger. His infield and short outfield popups with RISP aren’t going over those fences unless they move them in to between the mound and second base.

    It’s not surprising that this has become a team of whiners. You can only labor in the shadow of a bloodsucking pennypincher like Scrooge McLoria for so long until some of his bad habits rub orf on you. Speaking of which, does Tweeter ackcherley think that the Crawling I is going to spend the money to move the fences?

    Or is Tweeter trying to bellyache his way out of Macondo? Perhaps he still sizzles privately about how the Feesh wouldn’t pull the trigger on that trade for Garza a few years ago because they thought that he would be able to reach the fences on his own initiative. Just imagine, Tweeter – you could be playing for Theo now instead of for Scrooge and his Chihuahua absconditus.

    Of course, that would be trading a team that hasn’t won anything in ten years for one that hasn’t won anything in over a hundred. But if the fable of the outfield wall tells us anything, it’s that there’s a terrible majesty in distance, be it spatial or temporal.

    • vivabear - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      At no point during your rambling post, did you come close to forming a coherent or accurate thought. I award you no points, and may god have mercy on your soul.

      • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:59 PM

        At no point before, during or after reading my post were you capable of putting together a moment of mere comprehension. The “incoherence” you claim to find in my post is ackcherley a function of your own stupidity and near illiteracy (I was, I think, four years old when I learned to spell God properly, and perhaps five when I learned when commas were necessary or unnecessary). Don’t blame me because you don’t know how to punctuate, spell or process dependent clauses. To paraphrase the Bard, the fault, dear vivabore, is in yourself that you are uncomprehending.

      • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        PS – you always rise to the Garza bait with the imbecile avidity of a starving trout. Here is a link to a photo of a trout brain (it’s the one on the left; that’s the same side as the hand you use to pick your nose). It weighs a milligram or two and most of it looks remarkably like an ass. This explains a great deal about your mindless reflexes and inability to think in a rational or creative manner.

      • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        Trout brain link:

      • vivabear - Sep 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Gator – you’re the most annoying cocksucker in the HBT comments section. You play grammar cop, yet when someone points out your fuck ups, you slink away and can’t acknowledge them. You completely missed the reference in my above post. So again, your not nearly as smart as you think you are.

    • biasedhomer - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Whatcha just say about Obama?

  2. chiadam - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    I’m sure the Miami tax payers will be glad to help fund that, considering the fair and honest way Lauria went about building the stadium to begin with.

    • leahcima1 - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Why move the fence in. This park is already a used facility. I as a Miami taxpayer demand we build Loria a brand new stadium whether he wants it or not so he doesn’t have to slum in this two year old relic. Go Marlins. Better yet go Loria, – out of town for ever.

      • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:31 AM

        The thumb down is doubtless courtesy of the Chihuahua Absconditus, trying to curry favor and win his way back into Scrooge McLoria’s good graces.

        Such as they are, I mean.

        If the current disturbance in the matrix is to be believed, Scrooge McLoria is planning a palace putsch this orfseason. Having decreed yet another profitable dismantling of the atrocious team he was instrumental in putting together in the first place, he appears to be dissatisfied with the results (including their eighteenth shutout of the season yesterday) yielded by the patched up K-Mart calico blanket of a team he put on the field in April. He seems intent and wreaking havoc against those who went along with his crackbrained pennypinching, not to mention their failure to fill Macondo Banana Massacre Field despite the atrocity he wrought upon the fans.

      • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        PS – oh, and vivabore, I don’t expect you to understand any of that either. Come to think of it, I doubt if you understood Dick and Jane Play Doctor (A Little Golden Book) while you were sitting in the dentist’s waiting room either.

  3. zstark94 - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Reblogged this on STARK'S Broadway Reviews and commented:

  4. skerney - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Should we really be using the term “blasted” when we refer to LoMo’s 6 HR’s?

    • hellboundglory9 - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      I took that as being tongue-in-cheek. Could be wrong though.

  5. MyTeamsAllStink - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    they outta move the Marlins out of Marlins park

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