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There Used to Be a (Slightly Bigger) Ballpark

Posted By Howard Megdal On November 1, 2011 @ 9:09 am In Citi Field,Today's Mets headlines | Comments Disabled

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 [1].

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 [2], 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.

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[1] there’s a lot to like within them: http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/photos/gallery.jsp?content_id=25849826&c_id=nym

[2] As I’ve written before: http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7kn3969OAEMA2nJXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyaWk5bDVkBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMgRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA0RGUjVfNzM-/SIG=13e1ug7or/EXP=1320183927/**http%3a//bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/24/actually-citi-field-is-not-that-bad-for-the-mets/

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