According to ESPN’s 2013 Major League Baseball Park Factors for the 2013 season, Marlins Park ranked dead last in home runs being hit out. That is much to the dismay of many Marlins hitters, including Logan Morrison, who had his fair share of issues in hitting at Marlins Park.
Unfortunately for Morrison and his Marlins teammates, the Marlins front office has decided against moving in the fences for the 2014 season, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
“You love to see scoring, but you love to see home runs as well,” Stanton told MLB.com. “You don’t see them when you come here – from both sides.”
Stanton, who hit more home runs at home (15) than he did on the road (9), stated that he would like to hit some “normal” home runs at home, instead of trying to have to hit it 500 feet every time. He estimated that Marlins Park has cost him at least 10 home runs over the past two seasons:
“I want the normal [home runs], too,” Stanton explained. “Where I don’t have to crush it 500 feet all the time.” He estimated that Marlins Park has cost him 10 home runs since it opened last season.
Stanton, of course, is arbitration eligible for the first time this off-season and an extension candidate for the Marlins. He was not happy about the Marlins fire sale from a season ago, adding fuel to the fire that he would like to get out of Miami as soon as possible.
It might be a good idea for the Marlins to consider moving in the fences to appease their superstar, especially if they have any desire to keep him in Miami for the long haul.