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Marlins To Paint New Ballpark Roof Gray To Avoid Fielding Issues

Marlins New Ballpark To Feature Gray Roof To Help Fielders See The Ball
Measures are being taken to "not make lighting or twilight an issue” at the Marlins' new ballpark, including painting the bottom of the retractable-roof gray so it does not "present problems for the fielders," according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Marlins President David Samson said, “It is a gray color that very much is differentiated by the ball against it.” He added, “The building is closed from the west side, so there is no way the sun can come in while it’s setting. It can’t go through windows on the west side. ... We don’t think there will be any problems with the lights or the twilight because, frankly, the roof will be closed.” Sun Life Stadium, the facility the Marlins currently play in and share with the Dolphins, was “designed primarily for football.” The lights are “set up differently -- mainly higher -- than a majority of baseball-only ballparks.” Samson, Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria, President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest, VP & GM Michael Hill and Exec VP/Ballpark Development Claude Delorme recently visited the construction site of the new ballpark, set to open in ’12, to look at the bottom of the roof. The facility is “nearly 50 percent compete.” The supports for the roof "are in place, and the process of piecing together the roof is under way." Samson said, "We don’t think any balls will hit the roof. " Frisaro noted there will still be “ground rules in case a ball does reach the roof” (MLB.com, 9/20).
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