Citi Field – Where Homeruns Go To Die

An article by posted on June 29, 2009 0 Comments

 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.

J.J. HardyMIL4/18Johan SantanaNYMFly out
Justin MaxwellWAS4/25Brian StokesNYMDouble
Josh WillinghamWAS4/26Oliver PerezNYMFly out
Brett CarrollFLA4/27Sean GreenNYMFly out
David WrightNYM4/27Renyel PintoFLATriple
Gary SheffieldNYM4/28Ricky NolascoFLATriple
Cameron MaybinFLA4/29Johan SantanaNYMTriple
Brian BixlerPIT5/8Sean GreenNYMDouble
Carlos DelgadoNYM5/10Ian SnellPITDouble
Carlos BeltranNYM5/10John GrabowPITDouble
David WrightNYM5/11Derek LoweATLDouble
Chipper JonesATL5/12Mike PelfreyNYMFly out
David WrightNYM5/12Jair JurrjensATLTriple
Chipper JonesATL5/13Jonathon NieseNYMDouble
Kelly JohnsonATL5/13J.J. PutzNYMDouble
Jose ReyesNYM5/13Mike GonzalezATLDouble
Austin KearnsWAS5/25John MaineNYMFly out
Adam DunnWAS5/27Johan SantanaNYMFly out
Daniel MurphyNYM5/27Jesus ColomeWASDouble
Jorge CantuFLA5/30Tim ReddingNYMDouble
Brett CarrollFLA5/30Ken TakahashiNYMDouble
Dan UgglaFLA5/31John MaineNYMDouble
Hanley RamirezFLA5/31John MaineNYMDouble
Pedro FelizPHI6/9Johan SantanaNYMDouble
Gary SheffieldNYM6/9J.A. HappPHISingle
Fernando TatisNYM6/9J.A. HappPHIDouble
Mike PelfreyNYM6/10Cole HamelsPHIDouble
Jayson WerthPHI6/10Mike PelfreyNYMSingle
David WrightNYM6/11Jamie MoyerPHISingle
Luis CastilloNYM6/11Jamie MoyerPHIDouble
Evan LongoriaTB6/19Fernando NieveNYMFly out
Ben ZobristTB6/19Fernando NieveNYMFly out
David WrightNYM6/19A. SonnanstineTBDouble
Evan LongoriaTB6/21Mike PelfreyNYMDouble
David WrightNYM6/21Lance CormierTBDouble
Ryan ChurchNYM6/24Brad ThompsonSTLDouble

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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