Will the Mets move in the Citi Field walls again?

Posted: May 28, 2014 in Citi Field, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

The Mets would benefit by making Citi Field much more hitter friendly

The Mets would benefit by making Citi Field much more hitter friendly

Sandy Alderson said it’s possible the organization may again look in to adjusting the outfield dimensions at Citi Field.

Alderson pointed out, that the Mets are among the league leaders in run production on the road. A lot of that has to do with a strong offensive week in Coors Field and Yankee Stadium.

“This isn’t the best hitter’s park, but, at the same time, while you’d expect the runs to be depressed at home, there is such a divergence from the results on the road it’s something we’ve been taking a look at and something we have to fix,” Alderson said. “It’s not about home runs, it’s not about driving the ball to the fence, it’s something else.”

Former hitting coach Dave Hudgens spoke about the dimensions of the stadium on Tuesday, too. He mentioned that David Wright’s best place to hit balls, right-center field, is one of the deepest park of the parks.

“The stadium was not built with David Wright in mind,” Hudgens said.

It makes a lot of sense for the Mets to look into this. When you look at other extreme pitchers parks such as Petco in San Diego or Safeco in Seattle, you’ll notice there isn’t a lot of offense or winning going on with those teams either. The best thing to do would be to move the fences in even further, especially right center field. The goal would be to make it as neutral of a park to hitters and pitchers as possible.

At the moment this just seems to be an idea by Alderson and not something they are seriously considering at this time.

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Comments
  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – I am in total agreement with your post. In fact, fans apparently knew this in 2009. Last season they moved the fences in but not in enough. We have all seen numerous balls hit by the Mets die in the warning track or hit off the wall only to see those runners remain stranded on second or third while the Mets go on to lose by one or two runs. In my opinion, when the Mets designed Citi Field too much attention was paid on the Ebbets Field look and the Jackie Robinson rotunda and not enough attention was paid to building a park that would be more hitter friendly for the Mets. I remember Omar did his best to sell the Citi Field dimensions as a pitcher friendly park where the Mets would be more athletic and speedier on the bases. That plan did not work out at all. There is so much that this team needs to do and do right to get on the right track with the fans, their customers. Why are they so slow to do what everyone else seems to grasp needs to be done. For example, refusing to raise the pay roll on a losing franchise unless the fans fill the park to come and watch them lose first makes no sense from a business model perspective. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Well Mike I’ll answer you comment in two parts. Omar Minaya’s plan to build the team around speed and atheletes didn’t work because it was never executed. Omar was fired and all the stolen base threats were moved. Reyes left in free agency and Angel Pagan was traded. The team didn’t really have another one until EY Jr. came and he really hasn’t shown he can hit to be anything more than an extra OF. Daniel Murphy despite average speed has tried to make the stolen base apart of his game but when he and Wright aren’t scoring runs they simply don’t score.

      As for the second part. Sandy telling fans they have to come to the park more for the team to add payroll is ridiculous and I really hope for the safety of the franchise that the team doesn’t truly believe that is how the team will be fixed. I wouldn’t expect the team to add significant payroll anytime soon but that doesn’t mean they can’t be successful. Appreciate the comment Mike! -Steven

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