According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the New York Mets front office have had discussions about moving in the outfield walls at Citi Field.
A fascinating rumor that’s been rippling through the Mets’ clubhouse lately has the team finally getting ready to move in the fences at Citi Field.
Based on what he’s heard from the Mets, Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog, reports that it’s actually more a case of reducing the height of the walls and NOT altering the dimensions, which if true will have little to no effect at all in my opinion.
If you’re going to make the move than do it right or don’t do it at all.
Last December, Sandy Alderson commented on the dimensions at Citi Field, saying that it makes offense that much more valuable. Then he added, “Chicks dig the long ball, and so do I.”
Recently, when he was asked, David Wright said, “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.”
The wall in the rightfield gap (415 feet) is far too deep and needs to be brought in and evened out in a traditional sense. If that proves too difficult or expensive, than simply move home plate closer to the wall and readjust the infield. We got a good man in Pete Flynn manning the grounds crew at Citi, that could take care of that in a day or two.
With all of that said, here is an oddity to ponder. The following chart from ESPN.com shows that currently, Citi Field ranks sixth in baseball in home runs allowed.
Another thing to consider is that maybe the team just doesn’t have enough true power hitters? We may possibly have one from the left side of the plate in Ike Davis, but from the right side of the plate you have Wright who rarely pulls the ball, and Bay who looks nothing like the power hitter we thought we were getting when we handed him $66 million dollars with an $18 million dollar vesting option. So there’s that.