JUPITER, Fla. -- Catcher John Buck had a three-word answer when asked what he liked most about the Marlins' new home -- "air conditioning ducts."
After squatting behind the plate at Dolphin Stadium in the heat and humidity that is part of summer in South Florida, Buck is looking forward to playing in a much more comfortable climate at Marlins Park.
"Just that alone should add a few points to the batting average," said Buck, the Utah native who hit .227 last season after hitting .281 for Toronto in 2010.
"Hitting, it feels like a baseball field. The old place, I felt like you were going against the grain," Buck said. "Feng shui kind of thing," he added, referring to the ancient Chinese system used to orient buildings in an auspicious manner.
Another positive for the players: "You don't feel like an afterthought. You know the reason you are there is for baseball," Buck said.