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).