COMMENTARY | Since opening for the 2012 season, Marlins Park has been generally well-received by the Miami Marlins fan base and visitors alike. There are, however, some rather unpopular components to the ballpark.
The main talking points thus far from fans and visiting commentators have included the aesthetic qualities of the park, the elimination of rain delays and postponements, the dimensions of the playing field, and the unmistakable sculpture in center field.
As with most things in life, there's the good, the bad and the ugly to Marlins Park.
The first time you approach Marlins Park, be it by foot, car or sky, you will likely be amazed at the sheer size of the building itself.
It is a monumental sight to behold, as it seems that the smallness of the surrounding architecture almost makes the place look bigger. If you didn't know any better, you might think it's a domed stadium for a football team. Once you enter the park, you're taken aback by the beautiful colors that surround you on all sides. Vibrant greens, blues and oranges really give it that "Miami feel."
If you look out to left field from home plate, you will see a gorgeous view of the Miami skyline through the massive sliding windows that can be opened and closed. Speaking of things that open and close, the retractable roof slides out over to the side of the stadium, rests on columns, and creates a pavilion-like atmosphere for postgame concerts and festivities.
This improvement has allowed for a rainy day to be perfect for attending a Marlins game, and the air conditioning keeps you cool from the sweltering heat in the summer.
From my experiences at Marlins Park, the good things definitely outweigh the bad and ugly.
A frequent topic of discussion, though, has been the dimensions of the playing field. Marlins Park is definitely a pitcher's park. It's fairly deep in the corners and extremely deep to straightaway center. On top of that, the ball just doesn't seem to carry that well when flying through the air.
If you're a fan of the long ball, Marlins Park might not provide you what you want to see. If you enjoy pitcher duels or triples in the gap, you may go home happier. In my opinion, the only thing that should be changed that is in play is the height of the outfield walls.
They are so high that robbing a home run is nearly impossible.
I think you all know what I've left "The Ugly" section to discuss. There is an abominable, obnoxious, and just plain hideous sculpture behind the outfield wall in left-center. It features flamingos, water, sunshine, and other blends of ridiculousness. Yeah, maybe it screams, "Miami," but I think it's yelling too loud for most. It would have been better off left on the drawing board to laugh about, but instead it's being laughed at on a daily basis by baseball fans everywhere.
They should replace it with the new "M" logo that is on the Marlins hats, and then Marlins Park would be just about perfect.
Brett grew up in south Florida and has been a lifelong Marlins supporter. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Sport Management. Follow him on Twitter @B_Zager.
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