Mike PIazza thanks the fans

Piazza says Citi Field dimensions should not be a scapegoat

The Mets should stop blaming Citi Field for their struggles at the plate, Mike Piazza said Thursday at the MLB Draft (Post, June 6).

“I understand that (Citi Field) might not be a great hitters ballpark,” Piazza said. “But, to me, just take a step back, just hit the ball hard.”

The Mets are hitting just .222 with a .333 slugging percentage at home.

“The good teams I played on, everyone knows their roles, everyone knows to be a solid team, there is such a thing as productive outs, there is such a thing as finding a way to win, finding a way to get guys on and finding a way to get them home,” Piazza said. “Don’t be so wrapped up into the environmental factors of the game. … It’s easier said than done, but you’ve got to find a way to push through it. You’ve got to be resourceful, you’ve got to be creative.”




48 comments
Jamie Barrett
Jamie Barrett

The Mets are a joke. It's very frustrating to be a fan. You can't even say the organization settles for mediocrity because they can't even reach that level. The front office, management and the coaching staff seem to be clueless and that's always the case. We need some proven winners with gritty gutsy attitudes to change the dynamics around here. The organization as a whole needs to be overhauled starting with the owners. Owners that care will hire management that cares. Basically we have absolutely no baseball people in this organization. We need some Wally Bachmans, Keiths and Piazzas. Our star player David Wright has talent but no heart. At best he is a Robin to someone else being Batman.

semperfi
semperfi

Words of wisdom coming from the best hitting catcher of all time, I can understand Wrights HRs down but he has the ability and skill set to lead the league in hitting but has never really been close, Reyes led the league in hitting playing there. Piazza hit .360 one year with power and our top catching prospect is hitting .180 with no power and were told to be patient, Mets management and players should start listening to Hernandez and Piazza and those who have succeeded at the highest levels and stop accepting mediocrity which should be considered hitting .250 not .180, the Mets as a team are hitting .230, this is pathetic! 

Joe Schwartzman
Joe Schwartzman

he should be the hitting coach.I'm glad he said it I am tired of the ball park being an excuse

getalife
getalife

"You’ve got to be resourceful, you’ve got to be creative.”  Exactly what the Mets are not.


They do not manufacture runs.  They don't bunt or steal.  The don't do hit and runs.  They don't choke up with two strikes.  The pitchers cannot hit.  Instead they experiment with some unproven system that depends on luck. 

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Pizza is one of the greatest hitters of all time.

John Pentony Jr
John Pentony Jr

We need more players like you on the Amazins,seriously we need more of you guys with lethal bats

Kyle Fischer
Kyle Fischer

Appreciate the comments Mike.  However, your power alley was to right center, which is death valley at Citi Field.  My guess is that after your stint in 1998 after being traded, you wouldn't dare return.  Easy to talk now though.

Matt Gunther
Matt Gunther

Could not agree more. I'm tired of hearing about the dimensions.

Sal
Sal

The field is built for guys who like spraying the ball around the outfield, going gap to gap.  Wright used to be that kind of hitter and I hope he becomes more of that again.  Reyes definitely was the right player for this field.


Murphy fits that mold, as does Lagares.  The rest of the batch though, really not a suitable cast for this park.

Mike Baudistel
Mike Baudistel

Yes, the field is big.  Yes, it takes away potential homeruns.  Here's the thing though, the other team has to play there too.  Yet somehow it doesn't seem to stop our opponents from hitting the ball all over the field.  Mets need a complete change from the top down. 

archer41
archer41

This team is gutless.  Mike, Ron, Keith, etc. must get nauseous watching these slop players.  

Mud Flap
Mud Flap

The thing to glean from this is that Mike is saying there are other ways to contribute other than dingers. If you can't hit it out consistently, there is a whole lot of outfield for your doubles. When as a team you are batting lower than .200 with the bases loaded, that has NOTHING to do with outfield dimensions and everything to do with playing within your abilities. Which they are not doing.

chefmike87
chefmike87

well there goes the chance of putting number 31 on that outfield wall 

dtlmetsfan
dtlmetsfan

Mike is 100 percent right on this one.

eavdr10
eavdr10

I love how all these great former players say completely the opposite of what our genius GM ( who BTW never played a day in his life ) says in regards to hitting.

BadContract
BadContract

None of this is in Alderson's hitting philosophy

Steven G
Steven G

The Mets REALLY need to hire Piazza full-time in a coaching capacity, both for his baseball insight and his no-BS attitude.

Jeffrey Goldstein
Jeffrey Goldstein

Mike, just because everyone knows you could have hit it out of Citi Field doesn't mean this minor league squad can

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

We get plenty of baserunners but as soon as we do the hitters go into vapor lock or whatever. Strikeouts, Fly balls, pop ups. How about getting some players who can hit when it matters.

Mike Albano
Mike Albano

Amen I've been saying this for months now.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Take that NY Mets!!! That's exactly the type of mentality this team needs to have. 

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

What do I keep saying? Hire a sports psychologist. Don't move the fences in again because I can pretty much promise you it won't help. This Citi Field things is bin their heads.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

It’s easier said than done, but you’ve got to find a way to push through it. You’ve got to be resourceful, you’ve got to be creative.”  Tell this to our do nothing in the clutch players and manager.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Yeah and if Piazza was playing there today he would be cursing every fly ball he hit at the Citi Morgue.

mickeynora
mickeynora

I love Mike Piazza.  He couldn't have said it any better.  Unfortunately, this team, coaches and front office does not listen to what the retired players have to say. 

thebeast
thebeast

With so many near .200 hitters, we should be the 


New York Mendoza's

donw
donw

What a welcome comment from a credible source!  If only the front office and players will listen . . .

Greg Dee
Greg Dee

Agree. The dimensions excuse is getting old. The original walls were a bit much but now it plays fair. They need to stop comparing it to Yankee Stadium. That place is a joke. Citi Field is fine. Just need players that can hit more than once a week. You get an America league slugger on the Mets and he won't worry about the dimensions

1Will_M
1Will_M

@metsblog Thank you! The dimensions do not prevent the team from putting the ball in play and getting base hits. Not all about the HR.

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

Hell with Piazza with being the Hitting coach, i want him as the Next Manager!

Scott Paley
Scott Paley

The visiting team has the same dimensions when they play at Citi. No excuses.

Gregg Squire
Gregg Squire

Said like a true pro. We sure could use some of those types of players.

steve333
steve333

Agree with everything but Wright. of course he has a heart-he plays hard every day and rarely gets a day off to rest.

One player cannot support a team with .200 hitters. Wright and Murphy are the only players who know how to hit.

zoddie
zoddie

Their hitting stats with men on base are actually slightly better than when empty. Their problem isn't clutch hitting at home, it has been HITTING at home.

gpopper
gpopper

It was his approach to the game that made him what he was.

gpopper
gpopper

That's exactly who he's talking to.

eavdr10
eavdr10

@Bob Burket  Shea wasn't a hitters haven. I remember many long balls being knocked down there, including the one Bernie Williams caught to end the 2000 world series. This team needs to stop whining about everything. Hit the ball hard! Like everyone else who comes to Citi does!!

Metsopotamia
Metsopotamia

@Bob Burket I would agree with your comment if the current Mets are consistently hitting the ball in the air close to the wall and its either being caught or settling for doubles instead. Sure you are going to not get the easy home runs here thats a given. And sure players lose out on home runs that would be out in other stadiums. But at home all I see is the Mets strike out looking and hit lazy fly balls that wouldnt be out in any stadium. Its not the field its the players. If you're gonna blame the dimensions as a player than you better have so many doubles from hitting the walls, but my guess is they dont. Get better talented players not smaller ball parks