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Marlins home run sculpture a vision obstruction?

Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:42 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 6:46 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


There may be a problem with the sculpture in left-center field at the new Marlins ballpark, and not just because it's an eyesore for many people. It may, in fact, be placed too close to center field and be a distraction to left-handed hitters when facing right-handed pitchers. Some left-handed hitters on the Marlins reportedly think it will be.

“If it is an issue, it can no longer be there,” said Marlins utility player Greg Dobbs (MiamiHerald.com). “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.”

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Catcher John Buck squatted behind the plate to get a look recently, and he thinks it's close.

“It’s kind of my job to scope those things out,’’ Buck said (MiamiHerald.com). “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.”

A lot more will be known Tuesday night, after the Marlins square off against the University of Miami in the stadium. For the time being, though, club president David Samson says MLB officials investigated the park last Thursday and found no "issue whatsoever." (MiamiHerald.com) Meanwhile, the batter's eye in center field is being painted black instead of the green color you can see in the above photo, so that's one thing they've already had to change.

If the home run celebration sculpture does pose an issue, it will be very interesting to see what the Marlins choose to do with it. At that size, it can't be easy to move, and it reportedly cost over $2 million to construct.

Hat-tip: Big League Stew

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Comments

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2012 7:03 am
 

Marlins home run sculpture a vision obstruction?

 _Kitch wrote:They are incredibly stupid for placing such an eye-sore so close to the batter's eye.
I agree. They should move it to a more suitable location away from the batter's eye; DisneyWorld.



Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2012 6:56 am
 

Marlins home run sculpture a vision obstruction?

I'd request a trade if I had to wear those new clown uniforms.



Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2012 6:52 am
 

Marlins home run sculpture a vision obstruction?

This is hilarious and not to mention grotesque. Thank God in Baltimore we have the warehouse and not a gigantic crab swinging a bat hanging out beyond the fence.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:51 pm
 

Marlins home run sculpture a vision obstruction?

The ugly sculpture fits right in with the ugly Miami uniforms.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:34 pm
 

Marlins home run sculpture a vision obstruction?

Ugly ass sculpture anyways.



Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:18 am
 

Marlins home run sculpture a vision obstruction?

Come on really????? Who gives the ok on crap like this.......



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:00 am
 

Marlins home run sculpture a vision obstruction?

The only way that art makes sense is if you down a few shrooms.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:32 pm
 

Marlins home run sculpture a vision obstruction?

I enjoy our yellow bridge in Pittsburgh! what the hell is this thing? Is this HR Derby for the Xbox 360?!?



Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:46 pm
 

Marlins home run sculpture a vision obstruction?

What are they doing??? This isn't baseball, there ruining the game. Also if this proves to be a distraction for hitters, they should all request trades... seriously what were they thinking when they made that???



Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:07 pm
 

Marlins home run sculpture a vision obstruction?

wow thats ugly and it would be a big issue i think


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