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Miami to adjust dimensions at Marlins Park

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Miami to adjust dimensions at Marlins Park

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.

 


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.

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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