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There’s Something Fishy About The Aquarium Backstop At New Marlins Ballpark

Get it? Fishy? Hey, I’d like to see you come up with a witty headline better than the one you see above. There is no doubt in my mind that you would flounder.

Fish puns aside, one of the more intriguing aspects of the new Miami Ballpark, the future home of the Miami Marlins still under construction, will undoubtedly be the proposed aquarium backstop behind home plate. Wikipedia has the relevant information (via SB Nation):

The Marlins announced that dual aquariums that will serve as a home-plate backstop. They will be built on each side of home plate and will be positioned to prevent any disruption to players on the field. The aquarium to the right of home plate (when looking from the pitcher’s mound) will measure 34 feet (10 m) long, 36 inches (91 cm) high and holds over 600 US gallons (2,300 l) of seawater, while the aquarium to the left, will be 24 feet (7.3 m) in length, holding 450 US gallons (1,700 l) of water. Each aquarium will be constructed using a durable fiberglass structure; while crystal-clear acrylic panels 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) thick will be used for the viewing windows that run the entire length of the aquariums. To safeguard the exhibits from impacts, Lexan will be installed in front and in back of the acrylic panels to protect the aquarium from foul balls, errant pitches or any other unexpected contact.

Far out, although I imagine it could be somewhat a distraction to the pitcher. Or at the very least, a convenient excuse (“Sure, I walked three guys in a row, but did you see those Lionfish? They’re beautiful!”) And it is encouraging to know that they aren’t using run-of-the-mill glass in the dual aquariums. We don’t need some foul ball shattering one of the aquariums, something which would definitely interfere with and delay the brisk pace of a typical major league baseball game. It would be akin to when a pane a glass breaks during an NHL game after a vicious check, only with flopping fish and annoying complaints from PETA.

[H/T SB Nation]