The Miami Marlins have one of the most cavernous ballparks in baseball with field dimensions so large that the game itself is affected. Some hits that would be homers in other ballparks instead fall in as doubles, or are caught by rangy outfielders.
But that factor at Marlins Park may be no more, at least not to its current extent. Marlins president David Samson announced on Tuesday the team's plans to adjust the dimensions at their stadium to be more offense-friendly.
Dimensions of #Marlins Park will change, Samson said. Fences likely to be moved in.
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) October 6, 2015
According to ESPN's home run factor, Marlins Park rated third-lowest in the majors behind only AT&T Park in San Francisco and Turner Field in Atlanta. Moving the fences in at Marlins Park should help their players' numbers, most notably Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton is arguably the best power-hitter in baseball with 181 career homers at the age of 25. He had 27 home runs in only 74 games last season before going down with a hand injury. Stanton is off to one of the best starts in MLB history when it comes to hitting homers and this should certainly help his cause.
The Marlins are not the first team to do this. In fact, the New York Mets have adjusted both the dimensions and height of their outfield walls at Citi Field several times since the stadium opened in 2009. It is always interesting to see a team go through so much work to build a stadium, only to change their mind about its measurements a few years after it is constructed. But, it's unlikely you will hear any complaints about the changes from Marlins players and their opponents.