Citi Field – Where Homeruns Go To Die

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 I read an interesting article on ESPN by Tristan Cockcroft entitled Shea It Isn’t. The piece is well written and well researched and is a fair comparison of the two parks.

One of the interesting parts of his article was the following chart which shows exactly which non-homers would have been homeruns at Shea Stadium.

Hitter Team Date Pitcher Team Result
J.J. Hardy MIL 4/18 Johan Santana NYM Fly out
Justin Maxwell WAS 4/25 Brian Stokes NYM Double
Josh Willingham WAS 4/26 Oliver Perez NYM Fly out
Brett Carroll FLA 4/27 Sean Green NYM Fly out
David Wright NYM 4/27 Renyel Pinto FLA Triple
Gary Sheffield NYM 4/28 Ricky Nolasco FLA Triple
Cameron Maybin FLA 4/29 Johan Santana NYM Triple
Brian Bixler PIT 5/8 Sean Green NYM Double
Carlos Delgado NYM 5/10 Ian Snell PIT Double
Carlos Beltran NYM 5/10 John Grabow PIT Double
David Wright NYM 5/11 Derek Lowe ATL Double
Chipper Jones ATL 5/12 Mike Pelfrey NYM Fly out
David Wright NYM 5/12 Jair Jurrjens ATL Triple
Chipper Jones ATL 5/13 Jonathon Niese NYM Double
Kelly Johnson ATL 5/13 J.J. Putz NYM Double
Jose Reyes NYM 5/13 Mike Gonzalez ATL Double
Austin Kearns WAS 5/25 John Maine NYM Fly out
Adam Dunn WAS 5/27 Johan Santana NYM Fly out
Daniel Murphy NYM 5/27 Jesus Colome WAS Double
Jorge Cantu FLA 5/30 Tim Redding NYM Double
Brett Carroll FLA 5/30 Ken Takahashi NYM Double
Dan Uggla FLA 5/31 John Maine NYM Double
Hanley Ramirez FLA 5/31 John Maine NYM Double
Pedro Feliz PHI 6/9 Johan Santana NYM Double
Gary Sheffield NYM 6/9 J.A. Happ PHI Single
Fernando Tatis NYM 6/9 J.A. Happ PHI Double
Mike Pelfrey NYM 6/10 Cole Hamels PHI Double
Jayson Werth PHI 6/10 Mike Pelfrey NYM Single
David Wright NYM 6/11 Jamie Moyer PHI Single
Luis Castillo NYM 6/11 Jamie Moyer PHI Double
Evan Longoria TB 6/19 Fernando Nieve NYM Fly out
Ben Zobrist TB 6/19 Fernando Nieve NYM Fly out
David Wright NYM 6/19 A. Sonnanstine TB Double
Evan Longoria TB 6/21 Mike Pelfrey NYM Double
David Wright NYM 6/21 Lance Cormier TB Double
Ryan Church NYM 6/24 Brad Thompson STL Double

Poor David Wright seems to have had six homers lost to the spacious Citi Field. I think most fans would be less concerned with his power outage, if Wright had 10 homeruns and 51 RBIs, instead of 4 homeruns and 39 RBIs.

The author recognizes David Wright for adapting so quickly to his new surroundings.

One must applaud Wright for putting up the numbers he has, adapting as quickly as he has to his new home park. In addition to his nine-homer pace, he’s batting .351 and is on pace for 213 hits, 50 doubles and 43 stolen bases, all of which would easily represent new career highs. He’s also on track for 88 RBIs and 107 runs scored, and if you go back into baseball’s annals, only one player in history had a season of at least a .340 batting average, 50 doubles and 40 steals with 10 home runs or fewer: Tris Speaker in 1912, the year he won his only MVP award.

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