Marlins considering moving in outfield walls beginning in 2016
The Marlins are considering moving in the fences at their home ballpark in an effort to increase the team’s lagging home run totals, according to MLB.com.
Miami is currently tied for 26th place for home runs at home with just 42 so far this season, and 13 of those came from Giancarlo Stanton before he was injured in June.
Team president David Samson said on Wednesday that the team did not have specific new dimensions for the expansive park nailed down yet, but hoped to have a new set-up in place for 2016.
"We haven't formulated a final plan," Samson told MLB.com. "Still looking, but trying to make a decision for next season."
Among the plans being considered by the team is to bring in the fences from centerfield, which currently sits at 418 feet, through right centerfield, which is marked at 398 feet from home plate.
MLB.com reports that the Marlins front office built the park with the hope that its large dimensions would increase the number of doubles hit by the team, but Miami is currently sitting in last place for doubles hit at home this season with 86.