Makeover on way for Marlins Park

MARLINS — Long overdue, but ultimately the Marlins have made the right call to address the dimensions at Marlins Park.

Team president David Samson confirmed the fences will be moved in and lowered at the retractable-roof building before the 2016 season gets underway. After seeing how the ballpark played in its first four seasons, the decision was made to make the stadium play more fairly, yet lean more towards pitching.

We’ll see how it turns out.

Quite frankly, the way it is has played in its first four seasons had hitters eager to be on the road. Maybe we will stop seeing players slamming their bats to the ground in BP after blasting a drive to deep center only to fall shy of the warning track.

Giancarlo Stanton is basically the only player to have any type of power success in Miami. The three-time All-Star has 68 of the 412 overall home runs at Marlins Park. Marcell Ozuna (14) and Justin Bour (11) are the only other players to reach double-digits. And that’s in four seasons.

When Christian Yelich, arguably Miami’s best pure hitter, has three total home runs in 163 games at Marlins Park, that should tell you changes are necessary.

Exactly what changes will be made remains to be seen. One area definitely being addressed in center field, which extends to the 418 sign in the triangle area. Rounding off that alone will produce better results for core players.

As for the pitchers frowning on the fences coming in, the solution is simple — don’t give up 410-plus feet fly balls to center. It actually should help pitchers too because outfielders won’t have to cover as much ground. But this is not about making yourself weaker in one area or strengthening in another. Plus, I think pitchers would appreciate a little more run support.

This is about not having two different approaches, one for at home and the other on the road. Miami’s lack of power production was glaring, and it isn’t entirely because of the players in the lineup.

Miami was last in the Majors in doubles, overall (236) and at home (110).

The fact the Marlins are about to do something in an effort to improve is a big step forward. Next, we will see what exactly is done. Should be interesting.

Here’s a look at total home runs in all big league parks since Marlins Park opened in 2012.

According to STATSPASS research

Camden Yards 855

Rogers Centre 807

Yankee Stadium 803

Coors Field 788

Miller Park 773

Great American 731

U.S. Cellular Field 715

Minute Maid Park 706

Rangers Ballpark 671

Citizens Bank Park 664

Wrigley Field 631

Chase Field 624

Fenway Park 621

Target Field 612

Angel Stadium 610

Progressive Field 607

Comerica Park 607

Safeco Field 606

Citi Field 598 Coliseum 588

Tropicana Field 584

Dodger Stadium 574

Nationals Park 571

Turner Field 527

PETCO Park 522

Kauffman Stadium 506

Busch Stadium 480

PNC Park 479

Marlins Park 412

AT&T Park 411

Joe Frisaro

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