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Francoeur: move the fences in at Citi Field to help “poor David” Wright

May 11, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

David Wright

Someone told Jeff Francoeur that his former Mets’ teammate David Wright wasn’t happy with Citi Field, and Francoeur responded:

“Poor David hits the ball to right-center so well and there it’s an out. They’ve gotta shorten the park up. It’s huge. I’m not saying make it a bandbox like Philadelphia, but they have to do something.”

I’m still rather vexed at people using Philly as a go-to reference as a bandbox, because after the first year or two of that park’s existence it has played rather straight-up as far as I can tell.

As for Citi Field, yeah, it’s tough. But a lot of hitters played in tough parks. How many home runs does DiMaggio hit if left field played fair in old Yankee Stadium?  How many does Mays hit if he’s not in Candlestick?  How many homers did the Astrodome rob guys of over the years?

Life isn’t fair. Baseball isn’t fair. Why so much time has been spent feeling sorry for “poor David Wright” is beyond me.  You’d think that he was the first guy to ever have a park that wasn’t suited for him.

  1. BC - May 11, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Man, our pitching stinks on ice already. I can’t imagine what our team ERA would be if they brought the fence in 20 feet or so. Wright hits 30-35 HR’s, but we win 66 games because our team ERA is 5.50.
    If Wright is that concerned about hitting HRs he should ask to be moved out of town.

    • Phillies Homer - May 11, 2011 at 10:51 AM

      Wow… you might be the first Met fan that actually has some reason!! Very good point…

      All the Mets fans that I know still think they are going to go on a run this year and beat out the Phillies/Marlins/Braves for the NL East.

      But, anyways… Wright is a great ball player… but if he’s up there trying to smack home runs everytime than he is as smart as Mets fans (sans BC).

      • BC - May 11, 2011 at 11:22 AM

        Hey, I’d rather have a 3B who hits .315, 20 HR, 90 RBI, steals 20-25 bases and plays a decent 3B in the field, than a guy who hits .275, 35HR, 110 RBI, never steals bases, and gets messed up in the field because he’s striking out or popping out all the time.

  2. yankeesfanlen - May 11, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    So glad Frenchie is in New York for a few days to solve the problems of the baseball world. We should all take heed- he betted .500 last night.

  3. mrhojorisin - May 11, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    I’m with ya, Craig- enough about moving the fences in at Citifield. Hell, Luis Castillo hit one into the second deck there a couple of years ago. However, I AM an advocate of them lowering the fences, especially in left. I think the park would not only play better- possibly more fair- but some sightlines would be improved, too.

  4. halladaysbiceps - May 11, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Jeff Francoeur, like David Wright, has always been a perennial loser, making excuses for all team failings. David Wright is New York’s version of Bobby Abreu. Puts up OK numbers over the course of the season, but not a clutch player at all. Once Philly moved him out, the team became much better. Addition by subtraction.

    There’s nothing wrong with Citi Field. The problem lies with the players that play there.

    • b7p19 - May 11, 2011 at 11:16 AM

      You’re like a walking cliche factory. Taking Bobby Abreu off that Phillies team was not the key to the team getting better. I’d be willing to bet it had more to do with the growth of their young players than it did the clutchness of Bobby Abreu.

      • halladaysbiceps - May 11, 2011 at 11:23 AM

        Are you serious? Every reporter that covered that clubhouse saw that Abreu was the main reason that the Phillies accepted losing with his apathetic attitude. Players followed his lead. Young players like Utley and Howard could not change the chemistry of that clubhouse until Abreu, like Liberthal and Wolf, were gone.

        Same thing with the Mutts. David Wright’s power numbers are the least of that teams problems.

      • b7p19 - May 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM

        Um, serious as a heart attack actually. I’m glad you base your opinions off of the biases of the Philly media. That actually explains a lot.

      • deathmonkey41 - May 11, 2011 at 12:08 PM

        halladaysbiceps-

        Maybe you should become a student of the game before making posts like that. Bobby Abreu was the 2005 All Star Home Run Derby winner. Would a loser own a prestigious honor like that? I don’t think so…

      • seanmk - May 11, 2011 at 12:38 PM

        guess you forgot about 2006 when the mets made the playoffs. david wright was on that team. the team around him is garbage. getting rid of your best players is not the answer to get better

      • cktai - May 11, 2011 at 2:42 PM

        Randy Wolf was younger then Roy Halladay in their first postseason appearence. I guess they both aren’t clutch.

    • BC - May 11, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      Yes, but the Phillies had half a dozen major league ready players, including a couple superstars (Howard and pre-injury Utley). The Mets’ cupboard is bare.

  5. kopy - May 11, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    To be fair to Franceour, he’s right, and he was only responding to the question. I don’t know that the Mets have to do anything, but they might want to. Citi Field ranks pretty low in all park factors (HR, H, 2B) except for triples.

    If anything, they should consider lowering the fences in left, and straightening/trimming the right field wall a bit. That alcove is a little nasty, although interesting and could be kept, but the deep part of the bullpen is very hard to reach. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with having a pitchers’ park, but if the Mets don’t want a pitchers’ park they may want to consider some options.

  6. kellyb9 - May 11, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Maybe I’m an old school type of guy, but I’ve always respected a player who can hit for average without putting up substantial power numbers. I know you don’t hear about them on sportscenter, but I’ve always found the feat much more impressive than hitting hr’s.

    • kinggeorge96 - May 11, 2011 at 11:40 AM

      There’s a new guy catching on over in the Northwest.. Think his name was Ichiro or something like that?

      Does he think he’s Madonna.. What’s this one name stuff??

      • kellyb9 - May 11, 2011 at 12:14 PM

        Point well taken – still you don’t hear about them as much as the big power guys.

      • kinggeorge96 - May 11, 2011 at 12:34 PM

        I’ll definitely give you that… but a good player is a good player, and most of us know that.

  7. bennyblanco1 - May 11, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Wright needs to strike out less. It seems more and more fastballs are getting by him.

    And I could be wrong but I think the Mets have hit more HR’s in Citi this year then while on the road.

  8. kappy32 - May 11, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    As a Mets fan, I don’t want the fences moved in; I like the ballpark just the way it is. Historically, the Mets have been a franchise that has been known for their excellent pitching (despite never throwing a no-hitter) and Citi Field is a pitcher’s ballpark. Outside Daryl Strawberry, the Mets never had a 40-50 HR threat in his prime. I’m not sure if other fans have short term memory loss, but Shea Stadium was anything but a homerun hitter’s park and it always ranked towards the bottom each year in homeruns hit there. Yes, Citi Field is bigger, but as a professional these guys need to adapt. When David Wright came up he was not considered a true “slugger” but was instead pegged as a guy who would hit 25-30 HR, but mostly a guy with “gap power” who woud hit 40-50 doubles per year. That David Wright, the David Wright of 4 years ago, would be perfect for Citi Field. Unfortunately, he has regressed and has attempted to become something he’s not, a slugger.

    • bennyblanco1 - May 11, 2011 at 2:57 PM

      You forgot about Todd Hundley. Always wondered why he’s name wasnt dragged through the mud more regarding the juice.

  9. Jonny 5 - May 11, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Maybe Wright should just stop trying to hit home runs? That little girl in the hospital was right about you David Wright, she was.

    • tsi4431 - May 11, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      I highly doubt David Wright complained to anyone about hitting home runs. It’s not something he would do. He is not a home run hitter. He is a line drive hitter, always has been a line drive hitter, who hits line drive home runs.

  10. timroe11 - May 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Are they supposed to move the fences into the catcher’s mitt? Maybe he should focus on driving in runners on 3rd with less than 2 outs and cut down dramatically on the K’s. After that, let’s talk about the fences. He has consistently struck out a lot and has been among the league leader’s in AB’s with runners in scoring position. That is his problem, not the fences. He is a good guy and a solid player, but he is drastically overrated. And yes, I have been a Mets fan for more than 25 years. I think, although he is an injury risk, that Reyes is more important to the club.

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