Talks to shorten the dimensions have been ongoing for some time, sources said earlier this month (Carig, Sept. 10).
Sept. 26, 11:55 am: This is fine. However, in addition to moving in the wall, it would also help to acquire guys who can hit the ball over it. Or, better yet, just get more hits, regardless of where the wall is and where the ball lands. I totally understand the impact the building's dimensions have on Mets players, especially psychologically since they have to stare it down 81 times a year. I get that. I've heard this from enough current and former players to know it's real, regardless of how hard it might be for fans to accept. That said, the Mets have not fielded the most talented hitters the last six years and that, as much as architecture, is why they're not scoring as many runs as they'd like to.
“It’s not about tailoring the ballpark to a particular player or a particular composition of team, it’s about making Citi Field as fan-friendly and as exciting as we can make it,” Sandy Alderson recently said (Kussoy, Sept. 9).
According to ESPN Stats & Information’s Mark Simon, had adjustments to this section been made prior to this season, the Mets would’ve hit seven additional home runs, while the opposition would have hit an additional four >>
“It’ll help us, because we’ve got guys who hit the ball in that area,” Terry Collins said in early September, when asked about possible changes to right-center field. “I think it’s going to help us a little bit, confidence-wise. I think it would be great for us.”
This past May, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon told columnist John Harper it is unlikely the Mets further reduce Citi Field’s dimensions, but he did not completely rule it out (Daily News, May 16).
“I’m not saying we wouldn’t, but I don’t see any reason why we would,” Wilpon said.
In September, 2010, Wilpon said, while the team would consider it, they would probably keep the ballpark the same dimensions as when it opened (MetsBlog, Sept. 2010). However, a year and a half later, the organization brought the fences in as much as 18 feet (MetsBlog, April 2012).
In a vote earlier this summer on MetsBlog, 67 percent of voters said the Mets should again bring in the outfield wall at Citi Field (MetsBlog, June. 9).