The Miami Marlins used to have one of the toughest parks to hit a home run in, but that could all change next season. The front office has decided to change the dimensions and height of the walls during this offseason for a ballpark that was 24th in home runs allowing only 42 on the year in 2015.
Marlins Park had dimensions of 344ft down the left field line, 386ft to power alley in left center field, 407ft to dead center in the “cove”, 392ft to power alley in right center field, and 335ft down the right field line. The walls of Marlins Park were 11.5 feet tall to 13 feet tall around the outfield.
The walls are expected to move in about five to 10 feet especially in center field. The height of the outfield walls should drop to around 5.5 feet to 11.5 feet in places. These new changes have made a lot of Marlins hitters happy including Giancarlo Stanton, but pitchers not so much.
Stanton told MLB.com in 2013 that “I want the normal ones, too where I don’t have to crush it 500 feet all the time.” Stanton currently holds the record for longest home run at Marlins Park sitting at 484 feet.
Tom Koehler might be one of those pitchers who will be effected by the walls moving in. Koehler has a noticeable split when pitching at home versus on the road. In 2015 Koehler had splits approaching two runs better at home due to the ballpark.
There is one thing that pitchers can look forward to, and that is that the walls are coming down in height. This is good because now some of those home run balls that barely got over the walls will get the chance to be robbed and brought back by the outfielders. But only time and play will tell if these changes to the dimensions will help or hurt Marlins Park.
Sources: MLB.com; Sources: nbcmiami.com