Mr. Alderson, Take Down That Wall
Adam Rubin of ESPN NY keeps churning out some great stuff on the Mets so far this offseason. Today, he got some great quotes from David Wright who commented on a variety of issues while at a children’s event at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.
One topic that came up, again… is the outfield dimensions at Citi Field and the height of the walls.
“I don’t think there’s any question that it affects your thought process and your swing. I’ve kind of learned firsthand that you’re just not going to hit very many opposite-field home runs at Citi…. I’d be lying if I said that I wish the wall wasn’t shorter in right-center because I think one of my strengths is going the other way, and going the other way with power.”
On whether he feels the team should make changes to the dimensions…
“If they change it, they change it. If not, you’ve got to deal with it. It’s ultimately their call. You have to go out there and adapt. I do think that playing in bigger ballparks can be beneficial to kind of the team that we have right now. But, at the same time, of course it’s frustrating when you think you hit a ball pretty good to right-center, to left-center and the guy catches it at the warning track. I mean, it’s frustrating.”
Wright said that the dimensions of Citi Field never came up in his brief conversation with Sandy Alderson.
Gimme the facts…
In 2009, the Mets hit 98 home runs as a team which ranked 16th, last place in the National League. In 2010, the Mets fared a little better ranking 13th with 128 home runs.
According to ESPN, Citi Field had the worst Homerun Factor in the National League for hitters, and ranks 27th in the Major Leagues.
Alot of people have repeatedly said that many of the homeruns that you lose in Citi Field almost always end up being doubles. According to what I could research, that’s not true either. Citi Field ranked 27th in the Majors in Doubles Factor.
Incidentally, Park Factors includes data from both the home and visiting teams, so this is not limited to just the Mets offense at Citi Field.
So I have a question for all you betting types out there. Regarding the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field… I’m betting nobody hits more than 9 home runs in any one round of the Home Run Derby. Does anybody want to take the over on that?
About the Author: Rob Johnson
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