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Citi Field’s closer fences helped the opposition more than Mets

Sep 28, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

Citi Field AP

Before the season,  the Mets erected a new fence in front of the old green wall, lowering the height needed for a home run to 8 feet from as much as 16 and cutting the distance from home plate by up to 12 feet.  And, not surprisingly, the number of home runs hit in Citi Field increased, from 108 last year to 155 this year.

But:

Citi Field’s smaller dimensions helped opponents more than the New York Mets. Of the 46 home runs this year that would not have cleared the old wall, 21 were hit by New York, according to figures compiled by the team … Visiting homers went up to 88, a boost from 81 in 2009, 47 the following season and 58 last year. It was the highest total against the Mets since 91 at Shea Stadium in 2001.

I guess David Wright his some more homers at home this year than he did in the past few years. And frankly, I tend to think that making David Wright happy was the whole purpose behind moving fences anyway. So, mission accomplished?

  1. kevinleaptrot - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Looks like the law of unintended consequences bit the Muts right in the buttocks. But as long as David Wright’s happy, all is well.

    • nym712 - Sep 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      It’s not like they didn’t realize opponents would hit some HRs this year that wouldn’t have been out of “old” Citi. 21 “new” Citi HRs for the Mets vs. 25 for opponents is hardly them getting “bit in the butt”.

      Constructing the park they way they initially did was moronic…moving the fences in was the right move.

  2. chill1184 - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Leave to Craig, Blum and the internet tough kevin to forget that the team also lacks big power hitters. Hard to hit lots of homers when most of your offense are doubles and singles hitters.

    • kevinleaptrot - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      Oooo. I’m an internet tough! Let me go flex in the mirror. BTW, shouldn’t bringing in the fences make some of those doubles home runs? Isn’t that the point? I’ll expect an answer when I’m done flexing.

    • thebadguyswon - Sep 28, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Yeah…is this a groundbreaking story or something?

      Still off your game Craig. You need another financial scandal from Wilpon. Good chance it happens though.

  3. sdelmonte - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    No surprise really. Davis’s first half swoon, Bay’s permanent swoon, and an iffy bullpen add up. I still prefer seeing Citi as a pitcher’s park but people dig the longball.

  4. hojo20 - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Jason Bay has warning track power…..maybe move the fences in another 20 ft.

    • kevinleaptrot - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Jason Bay has warning track power if he’s playing at my kids’ little league fields. As a Nats fan (and internet tough) I’m glad that the Mets are going to keep him.

  5. mazblast - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    The Mets had and have the wrong type of offensive players for their reconfigured ballpark (frankly, the offensive players they had and have aren’t that well suited to the old park, either). Any baseball fan except perhaps the most rabid Mets fan knew it going in. The fans demanded shorter fences and got them, now they have to live with the results. Fortunately, Mets fans are a hardy bunch who have learned to deal with management-created messes for virtually the team’s entire existence.

    If management is committed to the reconfiguration, fine, now they can adapt their offensive approach. Or not. You never know when the Wilpons are going to give a sh**.

  6. gerryb323 - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    No guys, this didn’t have anything to do with the Mets just sucking way more than their opponents…after all, they did finish above 0.500….

    • pantherpro - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      Great idea Mets! Now if we can get Larry Baer of the Giants to take his head out of his ass and do the same to Giants dull park!

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