Marlins Park proves a challenge for home run hitters

MIAMI (AP) The colorful home-run sculpture in Marlins Park doesn't get much use because the stadium is the toughest in the majors to hit a homer.

Giancarlo Stanton, Miami's $325 million slugger, has long contended the park doesn't play fair because homers are too hard to hit. But visiting managers say they find the contrast to bandboxes elsewhere refreshing. The Marlins have thus far resisted calls to move in the fences.

Team president David Samson said the Marlins want dimensions that reinforce their team's strengths - pitching and defense. Changes will be considered after this season, but Samson says it's possible the fences will remain as they are.

Since Marlins Park opened in 2012, it has yielded the fewest homers in the majors - 361, an average of 1.2 per game.