Fences will be easier to clear this year at Marlins Park

MIAMI (AP) Marlins Park will likely remain pitcher-friendly, but work is underway to make the dimensions less daunting for hitters.

The center field wall is being moved 11 feet closer to home plate and will be 407 feet away this season. That's the biggest change, according to team president David Samson.

In addition, the Marlins are lowering the fence. The height previously ranged from 11 to 13 feet, and with the redesign, it will be 6 to 11 feet. Outfield video boards will remain 11 1/2 feet high.

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In the four years since Marlins Park opened, only 412 homers have been hit. That's the second-lowest total in the majors, behind 411 homers at San Francisco's AT&T Park.

Workers are on schedule to complete the redesign before opening day.