According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets are not planning to change the dimensions at Citi Field this winter.
However, Rubin says the Mets could alter the dimensions “if a new GM is hired that has strong feelings about the subject.”
In January, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said the team considered making changes to the dimensions last winter, but felt the team, if healthy, would be able to play to the stadium’s strengths and use it to their advantage.
The Mets managed to stay mostly healthy in 2010, but so far, there have been an average of 1.34 home runs per game at Citi Field, down from 1.60 in 2009.
Last winter, I wasn’t a proponent of changing the dimensions of Citi Field, provided the Mets built a team that played to the stadium’s strengths. I’m not sure how I feel about the dimensions today, though. I think if one or two changes had to be made, I’d like to see them bring in the right-center field gap or straighten out the wall at the Mo’ Zone, which is 415 feet away from home plate, to make it more like Shea Stadium was – though, it probably would eliminate a lot of triples.