MIAMI -- Marlins Park is modern, colorful and fan friendly. It has a retractable roof, and in many ways, it's an ideal place to play.
If there is an area that could be changed, slugger Giancarlo Stanton would be in favor of bringing in the fences. Not to turn the two-year-old building into a home-run palace, but to make the park more neutral.
The expansive dimensions have rankled both Marlins and visiting players. When the roof is closed, the ball doesn't travel particularly well.
"You love to see scoring, but you love to see home runs as well," Stanton said. "You don't see them when you come here -- from both sides."
Marlins Park ranks last in the Majors in home runs with 84. Just 36 of them are by Miami.
AT&T Park in San Francisco is second from the bottom with 95, and the Giants have 36 of that total.
Stanton, Miami's 23-year-old right fielder, is regarded as one of the most feared hitters in the game. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder has heard many times that no ballpark can hold him. Still, he wants to be treated the same as any other hitter.
"I want the normal ones, too," Stanton said. "Where I don't have to crush it 500 feet all the time."
Admittedly, Stanton has had a down season, as he entered Tuesday batting .252 with 24 homers in 111 games. He missed all of May with a hamstring injury.
Stanton also was hindered by injury a year ago, finishing with 37 homers in 123 games. Sixteen of them were at home.
Marlins Park is 418 feet to dead center, and the fence is 13 1/2 feet. Down the right-field line, it is 335 feet, and juts to 392 feet in right-center. The left-field line is 344 feet, and the gap is 386 in left-center.
If the Marlins decide to bring in the fences, which they are at least open to considering, they likely would tailor the fences in the middle of the field -- basically from the 386 to 392 markings.
Stanton understands he can hit the ball out without getting everything, but he still feels the ballpark has cost him about 10 homers.
A few teams have moved in their fences recently, including Seattle, San Diego and the Mets.
At Petco Park in San Diego, 141 homers have been hit this year, with 63 by the Padres. New York's Citi Field has had 144 homers, and the Mets have accounted for 58. Home runs have picked up in Seattle, too, where Safeco Field has witnessed 157 shots, with 79 from the Mariners.
The Marlins have 95 homers, with a majority (59) on the road.
The Marlins aren't built as a power team, and Stanton understands his splits are better at home than on the road. He has 15 homers at home, compared to nine on the road.
"I don't care what anyone says," Stanton said. "It's not just because of high fences, the ball doesn't carry here."
Stanton points out that on the road, some players may adjust a few days and focus on using the whole field. For a few games, they may see results and deliver a couple of opposite-field home runs.
So some players have one approach on the road, then go back to focusing on trying to pull the ball at home.
"People don't understand that, at all," Stanton said. "Even explaining it, people don't understand that who aren't in the baseball world."
Beinfest addresses reports of job status on radio
MIAMI -- Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest on Tuesday addressed reports about his job status in a radio interview.
During his weekly segment on the "Hochman and Zaslow Show" on 790 The Ticket, the Marlins flagship station, Beinfest responded to stories that he recently met with team owner Jeffrey Loria to discuss his future.
"A lot of things are out there. I'm not going to respond to them," Beinfest said. "Let's face it, this hasn't been pleasant, I don't think for Jeffrey or for the organization, the last couple of weeks reading all these things."
Beinfest has been heading the personnel department since Loria assumed ownership in 2002 and is under contract through '14.
Also on Tuesday, Beinfest gave credit to first-year manager Mike Redmond, who has had the task of molding a team that has used more than 20 rookies.
"I think Red has done a good job," Beinfest said. "Coming out of Spring Training, we were extremely challenged. We knew that we were going to be overmatched right out of the box. But I think the guys played hard every day. I think that's a good way to evaluate him."
Beinfest noted the players were prepared and played hard on a daily basis.
Out for season, Slowey throws pain-free 'pen session
MIAMI -- Kevin Slowey has been on the disabled list since late July with right forearm tightness. While there wasn't any intention for him to return, Slowey did have an encouraging day Tuesday. He threw a 25-pitch pain-free bullpen session.
Slowey is eligible for arbitration next year, and it is unclear if he is part of the Marlins' plans.
Manager Mike Redmond noted that for Slowey's "peace of mind," he can head into the offseason confident he has thrown pain-free.
A veteran presence, Slowey opened the season as Miami's No. 2 starter. He posted a 3-6 mark with a 4.11 ERA in 20 appearances, with 14 starts.
Outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who has been out since late July because of left thumb surgery, has been taking batting practice the past few days. He's been cleared to hit and do some throwing and catching. It has not been decided if Ozuna will play Winter League ball in the Dominican Republic.
Ozuna will compete for a starting outfield spot in Spring Training. In 70 games, he batted .265 with three homers and 32 RBIs.