Three major points to get to today in Mets land, so I figured I’d start with the reasonably positive. The team made the long-rumored changes to Citi Field public yesterday, and there’s a lot to like within them.
The new wall in left field will be a bit closer, and home runs must only clear an eight-foot fence now, rather than 16. The power alley in left-center has been significantly shortened as well. And the elimination of the Mo’s Zone indentation will make it easier for lefties to hit home runs to right field.
Look, I don’t happen to think these changes were particularly necessary. As I’ve written before, the Mets actually gained an advantage by their home ballpark, one greater than the typical home field edge from an offense/pitching perspective. But though my baseball tastes run toward the traditional (I prefer pitchers’ duels/no DH), if David Wright is happier in 2012 Citi Field, that’s fine by me, too. I also trust the current baseball operations people to have crunched the numbers, and figure out a way to use the new dimensions to New York’s advantage.
My point was never that changing the dimensions would ruin Citi Field or the Mets. I just don’t think it solves much by itself, and to be fair, I don’t think Sandy Alderson does, either. Also, I’ll bet those new outfield seats in left are cool, though I’m more of a between-home-and-first man myself.
Overall, the changes make me miss baseball season. But that was the case anyway. Curious to hear your thoughts on the new dimensions.