EmailQ&A: Should the Mets move the walls in more at Citi Field?

Mail IconMichael Z, a reader of MetsBlog:

Despite moving and lowering the outfield walls at Citi Field, the home run numbers did not increase dramatically and the ballpark is still viewed as an incredibly tough place to hit. Can and should the Mets consider bringing the fences in an additional five feet or so?

Maggie Wiggin, Contributor

This is a tough question to answer because we’ve had only two seasons of play since the dimensions were changed and the team has undergone a lot of personnel changes in that time. We should probably give it some more time before making significant alterations, but let’s take a look at some numbers anyway, with the caveat that we’re dealing with relatively small samples…

From 2009-2011 (“Old Citi”), the Mets averaged a home run at home every 57 plate appearances. From 2012-2013, they averaged a home run at home every 48 plate appearances – an increase of 16 percent. How much of that is due to having different players? It’s hard to say, but it’s also clear that they did increase their home run output.

On the flip side, we have Mets pitching. In “Old Citi,” Mets pitchers allowed a home run every 54 plate appearances, while in “New Citi” they allowed a home run every 35 plate appearances – almost a 35 percent increase. This is stronger evidence to suggest that the dimensions are having a real impact, though again it’s impossible to determine just how big that impact is compared to the other factors that are in play.

I think the Mets would do well to be patient here, focus on developing pitchers and acquiring line drive hitters that will benefit from the big gaps. Citi Field is far from the most extreme pitchers park out there and before making further changes, we need to address the real concern: better players.




750 comments
brucie
brucie

Hey Sandy Alderson Spend more money and get a good productive shortstop and a first baseman who can hit between 25 to 30 homers a year. Please.

brucie
brucie

I would say move the fences in a little more. It seems to me that what was done before is not enough for the hitters to enjoy belting at Citi Field.

Michael Lynch
Michael Lynch

Oh no now the Liberals are taking over baseball. Instead of spending the money on walls . Spend it on some good players.

Dustin Reep
Dustin Reep

No!! but make them all 9ft so we can see more great plays at the wall like Endy Chaves' catch!!

Philip Kossoy
Philip Kossoy

Philip Kossoy here...I agree with Paxton!  Why move the walls in again?  Citi Field plays fair now!  Philip Kossoy out! 

Corbett Will
Corbett Will

This wouldn't even be a conversation if all wall dimensions were the same. MLB approves dimensions seemingly independent, yet physicists would easily be able to calculate ball trajectories to compensate and move mile-high city parks (i.e. Coors) their sea level equivalent. The aesthetics of the ballpark would feel different, while the playing field & amount of foul field in play (i.e. Oakland) will be equal for all players....like drug testing has finally brought to the players themselves.

Allan Hess
Allan Hess

great job,,,but we need alittle more space in right field,,,,or it will sstart to look like yankee stadium is now....hahahaha

Chris Rykowsky
Chris Rykowsky

Finally get good pitching and now people start talking about moving the walls in

Agustin Reyes
Agustin Reyes

No,,, lets get some players who can hit the ball out and past the walls,,, just saying !

Howard Becker
Howard Becker

Yes. Move them to the West side of Manhattan.

Josh Edelstein
Josh Edelstein

Yea especially right center when ur biggest free agent signing is a guy who hits the ball to right center

Pat White
Pat White

No. This is professional baseball, not little league.

Michael Bifulco
Michael Bifulco

Enough Already Leave it Alone the Mets have always been a pitching type team

Jamie Ridgeway
Jamie Ridgeway

NO! Our society has become one that when people whine, they get what they want - NO! Play ball!

Adolfo Arauz
Adolfo Arauz

No--- want to see 5 hrs/gm? Follow the yankees.

Dan O'Connor
Dan O'Connor

1) Keep walls as they are. 2) Acquire players who can reach wall.

Rich Boogie
Rich Boogie

All stadium walls should measure the same from foul pole 2 foul pole!

Oscar Moreno
Oscar Moreno

yes little league field maybe that way they can win!!!!

Dan Diprima
Dan Diprima

How about sign players who can hit home runs and play in that park.

Ray Iris Jr.
Ray Iris Jr.

No...pitchers will suffer while hitters hit a few more dingers...no difference.

Rudy Hernandez
Rudy Hernandez

Instead of wasting the money on the walls, use it to develop the farm system! Get some good players on that team and start getting some playoff championships!

Ian-William Fountain
Ian-William Fountain

No. It's really not much deeper than Petco, out here in San Diego. The Padres moved in their fence and they still don't hit any better. It's the players, not the fence. Get better hitters!

Josh Bennett
Josh Bennett

No, the mets give up to many home runs as it is.

Quency E. Dossous
Quency E. Dossous

No its fair enough.. People need to stop saying it's a huge park, it's not anymore. Not every park has to be Yankee Stadium.

Richard Berg
Richard Berg

No. Try something a bit more interesting.

Bill Scala
Bill Scala

110 feet down the lines 125 center so we don't have to pay or watch lousy outfielders who can't hit homers in a major league park.