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Apparently the HR sculpture might have to be removed as it may get in the way lefty's batter's eye when facing a right handed pitcher.

 

Wow...This could end up being a major fail by Loria/Samson.

 

Also of note: The batter's eye in center field which was originally painted green will be repainted black.

 

The Miami Marlins' ostentatious home run display has received so much attention before even being plugged in that it could probably be cast as a big character on the team's upcomingShowtime reality show.

 

But like the players on another famous premium cable show, could it be the subject of a well-publicized whacking? Despite having yet to celebrate a Marlins homer, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that some lefthanded batters are already badmouthing the animated monstrosity.

 

The reason: It's located just to the left of batter's eye, which might make it difficult for lefthanded batters to see the ball when it's delivered by a righthanded pitcher.

 

If that's the case, at least one Marlins player can see it being a big issue in both dugouts.

 

From the Miami Herald:

 

"If it is an issue, it can no longer be there," warned Marlins utility player Greg Dobbs. "I won't be the only left-handed hitter saying something. If other teams have a problem with it, they're definitely going to voice their concern to the league."

 

At the moment, no one knows for sure. The Marlins don't play their first game there until Tuesday when they face the University of Miami in an exhibition game.

 

Marlins executives said there is no reason for concern.

 

"Not an issue whatsoever," said team president David Samson.

 

Samson can say that, but the Marlins have already made one misstep when it comes to vision-related issues. The batter's eye in center field was originally painted a shade of green, but Spencer reports it will have to be repainted black so batters can pick up the ball as it comes out of the pitcher's hand. Can we really say that owner Jeffrey Loria's excitement to install the Red Grooms-designed Skeeball acid trip didn't gloss over any concern for the park's hitters?

 

We'll just have to wait to see if it affects the competition. But it'd be a pricy proposition if the Marlins were forced to relocate the display or remove it altogether. Original estimates had the sculpture running about $2.3 million.

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I would be over the moon with excitement if they take that piece of sh*t out.

 

I'm more surprised that they thought that the bright lime green was an acceptable color for a batter's eye.

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I would be over the moon with excitement if they take that piece of sh*t out.

 

I'm more surprised that they thought that the bright lime green was an acceptable color for a batter's eye.

 

 

This. This. and This.

 

Get rid of the hideous lime green. Get rid of that stupid home run celebration. Those two things take away from the greatness that is the new stadium.

 

I still have no idea who approved the color for the outfield walls. Probably Loria. It's just garish and extremely obnoxious.

 

But none of this is going to happen this year, so whatever.

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It would be the best thing that could happen if that Gaudi-inspired piece was removed before the season. The stadium and thus the team is going to be tarnished by the prescence of that foolish looking piece. Ship it to Loria's backyard, or let them put it in the outskirts of Barcelona where it can be used as a crackhouse.

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Apparently the HR sculpture might have to be removed as it may get in the way lefty's batter's eye when facing a right handed pitcher.

 

Wow...This could end up being a major fail by Loria/Samson.

 

Also of note: The batter's eye in center field which was originally painted green will be repainted black.

 

 

The Miami Marlins' ostentatious home run display has received so much attention before even being plugged in that it could probably be cast as a big character on the team's upcomingShowtime reality show.

 

But like the players on another famous premium cable show, could it be the subject of a well-publicized whacking? Despite having yet to celebrate a Marlins homer, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that some lefthanded batters are already badmouthing the animated monstrosity.

 

The reason: It's located just to the left of batter's eye, which might make it difficult for lefthanded batters to see the ball when it's delivered by a righthanded pitcher.

 

If that's the case, at least one Marlins player can see it being a big issue in both dugouts.

 

From the Miami Herald:

 

"If it is an issue, it can no longer be there," warned Marlins utility player Greg Dobbs. "I won't be the only left-handed hitter saying something. If other teams have a problem with it, they're definitely going to voice their concern to the league."

 

At the moment, no one knows for sure. The Marlins don't play their first game there until Tuesday when they face the University of Miami in an exhibition game.

 

Marlins executives said there is no reason for concern.

 

"Not an issue whatsoever," said team president David Samson.

 

Samson can say that, but the Marlins have already made one misstep when it comes to vision-related issues. The batter's eye in center field was originally painted a shade of green, but Spencer reports it will have to be repainted black so batters can pick up the ball as it comes out of the pitcher's hand. Can we really say that owner Jeffrey Loria's excitement to install the Red Grooms-designed Skeeball acid trip didn't gloss over any concern for the park's hitters?

 

We'll just have to wait to see if it affects the competition. But it'd be a pricy proposition if the Marlins were forced to relocate the display or remove it altogether. Original estimates had the sculpture running about $2.3 million.

 

 

This says everything it needs to be said, the guy doesn't like it and wants it killed. Anyone who went to the ballpark last satuday can say the thing actually brings up the asthetics of the park, without it it looks kinda plain.

 

They can always create a black tarp that goes up and down when it needs to be lit, but I actually like the thing. If they need to move it a few feel then so be it. It's pretty much in place now, just unbolt it and move it over.

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It would be the best thing that could happen if that Gaudi-inspired piece was removed before the season. The stadium and thus the team is going to be tarnished by the prescence of that foolish looking piece. Ship it to Loria's backyard, or let them put it in the outskirts of Barcelona where it can be used as a crackhouse.

 

 

 

Says the hater from broward.

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John Buck says he thinks it's possible it'll be an issue...

 

Catcher John Buck said he squatted behind the plate during a recent promotional event at the ballpark and said it’s possible the sculpture could be in the field of vision for a left-handed hitter.

“It’s kind of my job to scope those things out,’’ Buck said. “It might be close. It might be all right. I don’t know. We’ll see. I think for left-handed batters it might be trouble.

 

http://www.miamihera...park-might.html

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I'm more surprised that they thought that the bright lime green was an acceptable color for a batter's eye.

 

It looks brighter in the pictures than it does in real life. It might still be a problem, though. We'll probably hear more about it after the exhibition games on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hell, that might be one of the reasons they are doing it.

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They should just try to fill the outfield with palm trees. I think that would fit the modernist design with the glass panels nicely.

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They should just try to fill the outfield with palm trees. I think that would fit the modernist design with the glass panels nicely.

 

Would look good, but having palm fronds in and out in the background is distracting for the batter even when the roof is closed. When the roofs open, the trees sway with the wind, unless they're plastique.

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I don't know if anyone has read The Arcades Project, but Benjamin's account of the Crysal Palace (glass and iron) seems to capture a similar vibe that Marlins Park appears to want to achieve. This is through the prominence of the glass, iron, plazas, but also horticulture and exotic plants.

 

I think that if the Marlins were more dedicated to this model (I think they go about half way), the park aesthetics could be way cooler.

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They should just try to fill the outfield with palm trees. I think that would fit the modernist design with the glass panels nicely.

 

Would look good, but having palm fronds in and out in the background is distracting for the batter even when the roof is closed. When the roofs open, the trees sway with the wind, unless they're plastique.

I'd imagine that if you kept a reasonable distance away from the batter's eye it would be feasible. It might be hard to engineer now though, because that home run sculpture seems to have been a major design component since the earliest stages.

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Apparently Marlins Park isn't the only ballpark with this kind of issue...

 

Buck notes that in Kansas City, the large crown that is part of the center field scoreboard presents a potential blind spot on certain high pitches.

 

"Any pitch that was up, elevated, you'd lose it," Buck said.

 

Buck, who formerly played for the Royals, recalled once being at the plate when he took a pitch up in the zone. The pitch ended up hitting catcher Ivan Rodriguez in the mask.

 

In Cleveland, the parking garage behind the center-field wall used to be white, which sometimes affected the hitters. That area of the garage has since been painted green.

 

At Fenway Park, there is a section of seats in center field that are covered during Red Sox day games, but made available for night games.

 

"There's ballparks that have certain blind spots," Buck said. "It wouldn't be the first ballpark to have some sort of thing to make an adjustment. But it may or may not be."

 

 

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Samson can say that, but the Marlins have already made one misstep when it comes to vision-related issues. The batter's eye in center field was originally painted a shade of green, but Spencer reports it will have to be repaintedblack so batters can pick up the ball as it comes out of the pitcher's hand. Can we really say that owner Jeffrey Loria's excitement to install theRed Grooms-designed Skeeball acid trip didn't gloss over any concern for the park's hitters?

 

 

I knew I liked it, but now I finally know why.

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