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Marlins Park is developing a reputation for its spaciousness. But the organization doesn't want to move the fences in, even though it's what their star player truly wants.

Rob Foldy

Miami's front office executives are expected to meet with owner Jeffrey Loria to discuss the team's offseason strategy at some point this week, and one point of discussion may not have roster implications. MLB.com's Joe Frisaro has reported several times Giancarlo Stanton is not content with the spaciousness of Marlins Park, and while the club's offseason goal is to try and extend Stanton, The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reported the Marlins are not likely to adjust the park's dimensions.

MLB.com said the Marlins might need to move in the fences at Marlins Park to increase the chances of Giancarlo Stanton accepting a multiyear offer. But the Marlins do not want to do that.

Stanton hit .310 with 24 homers and 67 RBI at home this season (much better than his road numbers) but has said he still would prefer the fences be closer.


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Stanton has established himself as one of baseball's best young hitters, and did not post subpar numbers at home. 24 of his 37 home runs came at Marlins Park, although if he did not play half of his games in Miami, he likely would have had a few more. While he wants the team to move the fences, Stanton's road numbers are not notable. He feels, though, he would benefit from playing in a hitter's ballpark.

In October, Michael Jong discussed the evolution of Marlins Park, and noted three years later, it is still not a true pitcher's park. Such a claim, supported by the included statistics, contradicts Stanton's beliefs.

I trust the batting line more than the runs per game (calculated as runs scored by both teams per game) at a three-year window, but you can see that the difference is very minimal. The batting average and on-base percentages between the two areas are almost exactly the same, and the only difference is in the slugging percentage. That should not surprise anyone, as we already know that Marlins Park suppresses home runs enough.

Although Marlins Park is known for its deep gaps in left and right center fields, opposing hitters have more often than not spoken favorably about one of Major League Baseball's newer ballparks. Therefore, the organization may not look to make changes, which could frustrate Stanton.

The Marlins appear to be prepared to do whatever they can to keep Stanton in Miami. They will likely offer him a no-trade clause, and will be willing to extend the payroll significantly. But the team may draw the line when it comes to moving the fences in, which could ultimately lead Stanton to explore other options moving forward.

Marlins Park's spaciousness shouldn't dictate whether Stanton remains in Miami. But if he wants to make it a big deal, it likely will.