Note: Will Citi Make Shea a Hitter's Park

my friend, Mark from SNY, took the following photos from the on-deck circle at Shea Stadium looking out towards center field…

…as you can see, Citi Field, which is now 85 percent complete, creates a back wall for Shea, which had never been the case before…in essence, Shea Stadium is now closed in

In a report last summer for SI.com, Jon Heyman explained that there is a ‘theory going’ around’ that such a wall could change the wind patterns and allow balls to carry out to left-center in Shea.

in the past, as Mike Piazza will attest to, fly balls to left typically get knocked down by the strong wind blowing in and over the bullpen and picnic area…now, as you can see, there is essentially a wall out there to block the wind…sorry, mike…

…it will be very interesting to see how this impacts wind patterns, if at all, and whether it slightly changes the play of Shea Stadium, which we always consider a pitcher’s park…