How will the new ballpark play for Marlins?
Lastly, the Miami Marlins will finally get to check out the first new ballpark in baseball since Marlins Park opened in 2012.
Welcome Sun Trust Park, new home of the Atlanta Braves. And goodbye Turner Field- boy are we glad to be shut of you.
In truth, the Marlins have a worse record on the road against the Phillies than they do against the Braves. But that margin is one game, and Miami hasn’t had to play a road game against Atlanta yet this season.
So let’s side step the technicalities and acknowledge that no stadium in the majors has proven tougher for Marlins fans to come to terms with than Turner.
The big question is if the new park give Miami an edge. Straight away center remains the same, but Sun Trust plays deeper to left and shallower to right (albeit with a much higher wall). Opinion remains divided, with some calling it a neutral park. Others hoping that it will play smaller than Turner did.
At first glance, this would seem to be good news for Bour and Giancarlo Stanton.
Turner felt old, even for a park constructed in 1997. I made my first trip out there in 2010. But the focus on their legacy, wall to wall laurels and murals commemorating the Braves dominance of the National League East, and their rich history of Hall of Famers, might be unmatched amongst parks I’ve visited. The fans were always in it to win it. If you made it out to Turner, you were there because you loved baseball.
I’ll be curious to see how much of that, and of course how much Coca Cola bling, carries over to the new stadium.
That’s all for this series. Fingers crossed this is the turning point. Plus, I can’t imagine anything feeling better than starting off the next chapter of the Braves-Marlins rivalry with a Fish win.