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Mets could look to move outfield walls again

Sandy Alderson said it’s possible the organization may again look in to adjusting the outfield dimensions at Citi Field.

It’s worth noting, Alderson pointed out, that the Mets are among the league leaders in run production on the road.

“This isn’t the best hitter’s park, but, at the same time, while you’d expect the runs to be depressed at home, there is such a divergence from the results on the road it’s something we’ve been taking a look at and something we have to fix,” he said. “It’s not about home runs, it’s not about driving the ball to the fence, it’s something else.”

Former hitting coach Dave Hudgens spoke about the dimensions of the stadium on Tuesday, too. He mentioned that David Wright’s best place to hit balls, right-center field, is one of the deepest park of the parks.

“The stadium was not built with David [Wright] in mind,” Hudgens said.




77 comments
Shawn Mike Rolli
Shawn Mike Rolli

should bring right field atleast 5 feet - who's the idiot who made out field so big???? (Wilpon) lol

Steven Gilchrist
Steven Gilchrist

Instead of worrying about the playing dimensions at the onset Wilpon was more concerned with making the first thing you see a rotunda for a player who never even played for the Mets. He should've bought the dodgers.

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

They could put the fences behind the infield and the Mets hitters couldn't reach them.

Douglas Alexander S
Douglas Alexander S

"They didn't have David Wright in mind...." Your right (for once) metsblog. They built it for Johan Santana, our would be long time ace. Remember? He had that amazing arm we destroyed so we could say we had a no hitter in our park? Remember that guy?

Edward J Bessler
Edward J Bessler

Sure, why not!! After all, it costs a lot less money to move the fences in then to actually acquire Major League hitters. Only the Coupon way!!

dooley
dooley

Did Steve Phillips aid in the design of Citi Field?

Rich Mingoia
Rich Mingoia

Why don't they just make it the extact dimensions of Shea!!! Wilpon got his wish and built the exterior of Ebbets Field, give us the Shea Dimensions!!! or he can sell the team !!! That works too!!!

queva
queva

Hudgens was full of cheap excuses!

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

Then when they move the walls in and don't still hit homeruns meanwhile the pitching staff suffers, than it starts all over.


Oops, turns out it's the wind patterns. Come on...

Harry
Harry

it boggles my mind how the mets have botched this outfield wall.  going into construction they were salivating at the fact that they were building a "pitcher's ballpark/"  Every time I saw construction updates I would cringe and shake my head at that ludicrous wall.  It was 16 feet high and seemingly 3 miles from home plate.  It looked almost impossible to hit a homerun. But they consulted with Johan Santana and others and agreed a pitcher's park is what they wanted.  But, They were all drooling and waiting for the day they can watch Jose Reyes round the bases hitting triple after triple with balls ping ponging around in the dimensions of right field.  Yet, Jose Reyes, had a hard time staying healthy and barely played at citi before he left.  They re-signed the face of the organization in David Wright but yet they have basically ruined his career......  His power stroke was to the opposite field yet that wall still looks to be in another zip cope from home. Why couldn't they just build a normal park while they played to the strength of their best and most likely player to be here for the long hall.  They've been grooming David Wright to be the face of the franchise, the next captain, pretty much since he came up from the minors.  Yet, when it came to building the stadium he'd call home, they had everyone else in mind but him.  The pitchers, Jose, they probably consulted Tom Seaver and asked him about what he wanted, rather than the most obvious choice....... Only the mets can make a beautiful stadium a headache to play in.


PS.  Don't even get me started on the fact that it was black for the first two years as well........



cmetsfan
cmetsfan

Oh boy. Well I think the hitters should learn to use the whole park and the staff should inform them how the defense is aligned, but whatever sells tickets I guess.

CocoaBeachnut
CocoaBeachnut

With all the young pitchers on the cusp ... and with an outfield that can now cover a lot of ground, why would you take away those pluses? Won't the opposition also hit more HR's? Stop making excuses for the hitters.

fuldsadick
fuldsadick

stop with the foolish argument that other teams hit HRs here..they dont play 81 games here,therefore they dont change their approach..the Wilpons two highest paid players are Wright and Grandy, $35m per year for the two...they both hit their HRs to RF, which is huge at Citi..move in the RF and Right Center fences or else they are just pissing away $200m for those 2 contracts

hankypanky
hankypanky

Hey, the Opposition would LOVE moving in the walls. How else would they be able to show the home team how it's done?

thebeast
thebeast

Its simple. High scoring games are more fun to watch. Bring the walls in all around. Every Yankee, Colorado, and Boston game are fun to watch because of this reason. 

Your team is always in the game, with you on the edge of your seat.

richfromny
richfromny

Should of had the dimensions similar to Shea.

stalko
stalko

I'm so sick of people complaining about the dimensions. They're NOT that big. This park is nothing but a slightly above average pitcher's park. Nothing more. The only reason Shea usually played like a pitcher's park was because there was no grandstand in LF, so the wind blew in over the bleachers. It wasn't the dimensions. So let's make the little babies happy by turning the place into Yankee Stadium or Camden Yards where a standard fly ball is a HR. Otherwise Johnny can't hit his homers. Maybe 390' to dead center, 360' in the alleys. I guess that'll make 'em happy.

cpamerica5
cpamerica5

I'm so glad to see this post. Please simply put the same dimensions as Shea. Shea was considered a pitchers park. At least it was fair.

bigdirty
bigdirty

Chicks dig the long ball

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

How is it that Justin Turner can pull a home run to left field but David Wright can't (once recently)? That's why I think a new hitting coach or sports psychologist is needed.

Rimo Chaloney
Rimo Chaloney

If the Wilpons want to give the fans something they should think about renaming the stadium Shea Stadium.  There'd be some good mojo in doing something like that.  (Of course Fred probably would prefer to rename it Ebbits Field).

Gilad Guez
Gilad Guez

Almost all of the other pitchers parks differ from Citi in one big way: they are in warm weather or high humidity cities. It is a known fact that the ball travels significantly farther in warmer and more humid weather. New York is not as warm as many of these other pitcher's parks, and when this is added to Citi Field's absurd dimensions (particularly in the gaps) it seems to play even larger than it actually is. Aside from HR's, this may also affect doubles output.

Steve Jones
Steve Jones

How come the opposing teams offense never seems to be an issue? 

Rob Lane
Rob Lane

Restore right center field to the former Shea Stadium dimensions.

Nick DeSilvio
Nick DeSilvio

Just build a whole new stadium at this point

SomeHighSchoolKid
SomeHighSchoolKid

I do think making right center so deep was absolutely moronic, especially with Wright on the team. Just make this place have the same dimensions of Shea (like how the new Yankee Stadium shares dimensions with the old one) because nobody ever complained about the dimensions there. That being said, this place isn't the biggest park on Earth. It was before they moved in the fences, but no longer. It isn't a great excuse anymore. The Giants play in a great pitchers park, but they won it all 2 out of 3 years. Get some players that can hit it out. Then nobody will seem to notice the dimensions anymore.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

The Dodgers didn't seem to have a problem with the dimensions...because they were forced to sell and acquire good players.

hankincolo
hankincolo

They didn't need to build it as the house that David Wright built (a la the Babe), but taking away his power gap to RC by not duplicating the RC power alley that worked so well for him at Shea was stupid. The new field surely got into his head.

Rimo Chaloney
Rimo Chaloney

The biggest fail of designing Citi-Field was making it too large.


But the even bigger fail was designing a stadium that precisely took away the opposite field homerun from your then up and coming young superstar, David Wright.


Only the Wilpons and the Mets would do such a thing.


It would have been like putting a Green Monster in right field at Citizens Bank to take the home run away from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.  Nothing makes sense with this organization.


And now good luck to getting a power bat to come play in Citi-Field as presently designed.  They BETTER re-design the OF dimensions. 

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

I hate this excuse...the teams that beat them at Citi have to play them at Citi...good teams win.

Bryan Murray
Bryan Murray

For what? The team sucks, not the park. Hence all the home runs the other teams hit here.

Peter Lescak
Peter Lescak

That's pathetic. I don't see other teams having trouble hitting homeruns or doubles in those gaps. Man up!

stalko
stalko

@thebeast  Let's make every park a bandbox so you can see more home runs. And reward anyone who hits a routine fly ball with a HR because you find it entertaining. You know, my basketball team just doesn't score enough. Let's just make the rims wider to help them out. And my football team's kicker isn't very accurate, so let's make the goalposts wider. They can't compete otherwise.

hankypanky
hankypanky

I hate rings-ding board games that pretend to be baseball. It cheapens the sport and it's as boring as hell. Moving the walls to accommodate Wright is a joke. The opposition has no trouble hitting HRs. Let the Mets watch how the visitors do it.

mrgee
mrgee

@richfromny And the walls should have been blue from the beginning, too.  As a matter of fact, Shea was better in lots of ways.  Not perfect, mind you, but it had its charms. 

mrgee
mrgee

@stalko Replace "Johnny" with Wright and Grandy, and then yeah… 

Rimo Chaloney
Rimo Chaloney

@Steve Jones  Playing a few games in a cavernous park like Citi when you're a visiting player doesn't get in your head like it does when you play 81 games there.


And then too, other teams generally have better hitters and more power than the Mets.  So there's that too.

Kevin Michaels
Kevin Michaels

@Michael L. Kramer the problem is that the opponents have the players that we want ......but those players dont want to come here and lose precious power number$$$$. We get whats left. Among other things.

richfromny
richfromny

I agree shea is better then citi. Shea felt like home to the mets. Citi doesn't give me that feeling.