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Mets may consider changing dimensions again

The Mets will revisit making changes to the outfield dimensions of Citi Field this off season, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told a select group of season-ticket holders during an on-field Q&A this past Saturday.

“As I said earlier, when we improved our outfield defense last year, we got much better in this ballpark, and so I think that was one example of how we have adapted,” Alderson explained.

However, he added, “changing the ballpark is not a panacea for not hitting with men in scoring position. It’s not going to change our rate of singles that we hit with a man at second base. So when I suggest that we look at the dimensions of the ballpark, that doesn’t mean that I think that’s the solution. It’s just part of the equation.”

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).





440 comments
Bruce Taylor
Bruce Taylor

Bruce Taylor  from facebook... Sell the team to an owner or owners who want to win..

Brian Simon
Brian Simon

After attending the father's day game, a change of the dimensions are truly not necessary. The dimensions right now are very similar to that of Shea's

Brian Reid
Brian Reid

Jose didn't have an issue with it

Brian Reid
Brian Reid

Bring back Reyes and Trade Wright!

Jorge Perez
Jorge Perez

How about getting some big BATS!!!!!!!!

Michael Gregoretti
Michael Gregoretti

how many home runs did Wright lose to right center field? They built this park for Jose and then they didn't even offer him a contract. But Jose made a rap video, grew his hair , and played with no regard for his team. He wanted Mo Money and he got it. I think its time to try and get him back.

Yaron Harazi
Yaron Harazi

This way we won't scare off any potential recruits

Peter Curcio
Peter Curcio

Forget movin the walls in..sell the dam team and let someone run it who wants to WIN!

Edward Maloney
Edward Maloney

Good idea. They built it for Reyes then they traded him????

Joseph Utter
Joseph Utter

The Batters from all of the other Teams don't have any trouble hitting it out... We just need better players!!

Tyler McConnell
Tyler McConnell

The only thing is, every other team seems to hit home runs there every time they play us at home.

Jason Kasman
Jason Kasman

Maybe instead of moving the walls in you can move the infield out, ya know? I was also thinking maybe just get rid of first base so every hit will put runners in scoring position... Oh and maybe the mound could move a little in or just install one of those auto pitch machines? Message me for deets, Alderson!

Dale Curtis
Dale Curtis

I'm all for it, everyone else can hit home runs there but not the "home" team. Change dimensions and get better hitters.

John A Garcia
John A Garcia

BRING BACK OMAR MINAYA at least he gave us a real chance of october baseball

John A Garcia
John A Garcia

Dont you see that every player that the mets bring starts out fine and as the season progresses they go in to a slump and it happens also to the pitchers doesent that give you a hint of whats going on.......Didnt we try to trade Ike during the winter and found no body? and out of the blue came the pirates and made the deal in the regular season..................you know what FIRE THE MANAGER,THE PITCHING COACH AND YES,THE GENERAL MANAGER,THERE NO GOOD

Jay Grillo
Jay Grillo

Set it on fire mysteriously and build shea again citi is beautiful but the mets are terrible there

John Biordi
John Biordi

Right, so our (supposed) future pitching advantage will be compromised so we can make our mostly minor-league lineup feel like they belong in the majors. Incidentally, other teams seem to hit homers just fine @ citi; and our team isn't exactly lighting it up on the road. It's not the fences, get better players.

Christian Bigelow
Christian Bigelow

Funny how they think the dimensions are the problem yet other teams come in and have no problem hitting home runs. How about, spending some money on hitters not minor leaguers who we won't be able to use in 2-3 years or so

Bill Deegan
Bill Deegan

Get rid of Collins and make Wally manager.

Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor

bring the fence in 50 feet for the bottom half of the innings!!!!

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

They don't have the money to move the fences in. It would probably cost several million which is a big hit of cash for a team that's struggling to pay its bills

Jacob Yohe
Jacob Yohe

David wright would hit more home runs than singles doubles and triples if fence not so far back

Bill Hamilton
Bill Hamilton

We don't hit the ball into the outfield so it won't make much of a difference.

Matthew Cohn
Matthew Cohn

too big of a stadium for a few superstars and a majority of singles hitters

Michael Falcone
Michael Falcone

I love the Mest but the Mets need some real professional ballplayers.

Joel Musicant
Joel Musicant

They should move in the right center field wall in front of the bullpens and bury the Wilpons and Alderson behind it

Arnold Bergman
Arnold Bergman

Why not move home plate, the pitcher's mound and the bases out towards the outfield? It would be less costly than playing around with the fences again.

Loretta Hartle
Loretta Hartle

Bring the fences in to little league status, then maybe Capt. Wright might hit a ball over the fence. BTW the visiting teams don't have a problem hitting the long ball. Maybe you should bring in some hitters. & a shortstop.

Scott Henbest
Scott Henbest

How about getting relievers that don't give up home runs? If the other team can do it so can we.