Marlins might move in and lower the fences at Marlins Park

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Joe Frisaro, the Miami beat writer for MLB.com, has the report

On what is shaping up as a lengthy “to do” list for the Marlins in the offseason will be addressing the dimensions at spacious Marlins Park.

Team president David Samson said on Wednesday that the organization is considering moving in and lowering the fences at one of Major League Baseball’s toughest places to hit home runs.

“We haven’t formulated a final plan,” Samson told MLB.com. “Still looking, but trying to make a decision for next season.”

Marlins Park has some of the longest dimensions in Major League Baseball along with some of the tallest walls. That was somewhat intentional — the Marlins wanted a pitcher-friendly park — but power numbers are down across the league since the stadium was first concepted and they continue to fall. Miami is home to one of the biggest sluggers in the game, Giancarlo Stanton, who signed a 13-year, $325 million deal this past March.

Miami ranks 26th in the majors in homers at home this season. That’s tied with Oakland.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).