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The Miami Marlins are considering moving in the fences at Marlins Park in 2015, in hopes that some of the offensive problems they’ve experienced in 2015 will go away. However, a solution is not that simple, as the team has exhibited this season.
As Fishstripes manager Michael Jong pointed out in a post yesterday, moving the fences in is not going to turn the slap hitting Dee Gordon and Adeiny Hechavarria into more powerful hitters. Nor will it turn Christian Yelich into a perennial 30 home run hitter.
In what is considered a doubles park, the Miami Marlins rank near the bottom in that category.
On the other side, a Marlins rotation that is slowly turning into shambles would be hurt by the ballpark. Even if moving the fences fixes the Marlins offensive woes, the effect would be the opposite for the pitching staff.
Simple suggestion to the Miami Marlins to fix the offense in 2016: GET BETTER PLAYERS!
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Offense, not park fences, is Miami Marlins’ problem – Michael Jong, Fishstripes
After years of resisting the possibility of bring the fences in, the Miami Marlins are once again rumored to be thinking of doing this during the offseason. From Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:
"The Marlins tell us they’re considering bringing in the fences and possibly lowering the walls at Marlins Park next season. David Samson confirmed the team has been discussing the possibility."
On the surface, one can see what the fuss is about. The Marlins boast the third-lowest park factor for home runs in baseball through last season, ahead of only the San Francisco Giants and AT&T Park and the Pittsburgh Pirates and PNC Park. Yet neither of those teams are considering moving their fences in as a response to poor power production. If you Google “Miami Marlins fences,” you will get a number of results, many of which come from this very website. Google “Pittsburgh Pirates fences” or “San Francisco Giants fences” and you get a lot stadium information. (Read More Here)
Marlins’ Jennings: ‘We’re Only One or Two Pieces Away’ – Josh Baumgard, CBS Miami
The Miami Marlins (50-74) possess the second worst record in Major League Baseball and are on pace to lose nearly 100 games in 2015.
Yet their management — from the owner to the president — remains confident.
Marlins notebook: Yelich hopes to return from DL to play vs. Pirates – Christina De Nicola, Fox Sports Florida
Miami Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich hopes to come off the disabled list for Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Yelich, on the DL retroactive Aug. 10 with a right knee contusion, planned on shagging flyballs for the first time on Monday — the last test in seeing whether he is ready to return.
“I tried to stay off it running as much as possible because that’s what was bothering it,” Yelich said. “I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t have the range of motion. It wasn’t the pain thing. It wouldn’t bend when I needed it to bend or run.” (Read More Here)
Flores scratched due to right shoulder tendinitis – Joe Frisaro, Marlins News
A depleted Marlins’ rotation is down another candidate. Rookie Kendry Flores has been scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday against the Pirates due to right shoulder tendinitis.
Lefty Chris Narveson will now take over that spot, and become the 13th different starter Miami has used this season.
“Flores had a little bit of right shoulder tendinitis,” manager Dan Jennings said. “We’ll go with Narveson in that spot.” (Read More Here)
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