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Should the Mets move home plate up ten feet?

Oct 2, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

The New York Times asks whether or not Citi Field needs some tweaking:

By most accounts, the new park is fan friendly. But a key question — is
the field too large? — has emerged as the Mets, and particularly, David Wright, have struggled to hit home runs at home. And from that question, comes
another: Should the Mets think about moving home plate 10 feet forward
so they could shorten Citi Field’s dimensions without having to knock
down any walls?

This is dumb for three reasons.  The first reason is that, as those who have studied park effects have shown, it’s really hard to predict how a park will play after only one season. You have to give it a couple of years before reaching any conclusions about the place.

The second reason this is dumb is because the Mets actually and intentionally set out to build a pitchers’ park because they thought it would give them a competitive advantage over the long haul. If that was the strategy, why abandon it after one year?

The third and most important reason this is dumb is because there’s absolutely no reason to believe that it’s the park, as opposed to a lousy Mets team, that is the reason for the low number of homers. The Mets offense has hit 47 HR at home and 46 on the road (visitors have hit 81 HR in Citi Field and 77 off the Mets on the road). There are still three road games left, but that seems pretty damn even to me.

Upshot: It ain’t the park, folks. It’s the crappy 2009 Mets team that is the reason for the low-octane offense.  Leave the fences alone.

  1. Dan - Oct 2, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Can’t argue with that. The Mets were pretty bad.

  2. -z- - Oct 2, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    How about fixing all the obstructed views, getting rid of all the Dodger BS and … I guess it would be too much to ask to simply get rid of the Wilpons?

  3. Grant - Oct 2, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    The dodger BS pissed me off and I’m not even a Mets fan. So I agree wtih that.

  4. Brian - Oct 2, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    The only upshot to moving home plate up is it would create some more foul territory, which also helps the pitchers. But it’d still be a pretty stupid thing to do, for the listed reasons.

  5. dcfan-1212450 - Oct 2, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Sounds like an idea thrown out by some moron writer who forgot why they built the park. Its a pitchers park. And pitching wins ball games. But you need good pitchers to win now dont you…

  6. Joey B - Oct 2, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Not for nothing, but when they help their pitchers, they help the opposing pitcher. It’s not really a one-sided advantage. And even though it would help their own hitters, it would help the opposing hitters as well.
    At the end of the day, the only thing that really helps you is to develop your own talent. Almost nothing else helps in the long run.

  7. F & F - Oct 2, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    How about giving a real reason and a stat or two? To justsay that 1) it takes a while to figure it out, 2) they did it on purpose and 3) the Mets suck, well that’s not a compelling argument for anything. I say move up the plate 10 feet, because, uh, I want them to. And that whole Pepsi porch thing is getting old. And as much as I respect what Jackie Robinson did, he was never a Met. Put Seaver in the Rotunda!

  8. Tom - Oct 2, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    I’m always surprised when batters talk about moving the fences in. Basically they are saying “F**k the pitchers.” Granted, everyone is really only concerned about themselves but that can’t be good for the team dynamic, can it?

  9. Kevin S. - Oct 2, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    It’s funny, people seem to forget about that when they claim the Yankees’ offense is only because of the porch in right, and ohbytheway, the pitching sucks, but that has nothing to do with it.

  10. bh0673 - Oct 3, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    I agree with those who take offense with all the Dodger BS, as a Yankee fan I have a serious problem with #42 out in the retired numbers and monmoument park. As great as Jackie Robinson may have been to the game he IS NOT A YANKEE AND DOES NOT BELONG IN YANKEE STADIUM so I can understand the Mets fans frustrations for not honering the Mets and the Mets only in the new ball park. The obstructed view seats are going to be a fact of life but before I move any fences or infield I would wait and see what a healthy team can do.

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