Coleman’s Corner: Extreme Makeover, Citi Field Edition

By Ed Coleman
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The walls may not come tumbling down at Citi Field next season, but they most likely will not be staying the same for 2012.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson addressed that topic Tuesday night in St. Louis.  The front office has been studying the available data and there will be in all likelihood a new look for Citi Field come next April.

Meaning changes will likely be substantial.

So what does Alderson hope to accomplish by changing the dimensions?

That’s one – and the other ought to be fairly obvious to everyone in this day and age of baseball.

It’s not so much about home runs but rather the cumulative effect that Citi Field currently has on a team that plays 81 of its games there, as opposed to an opponent which plays 3 — or at the most 9 — games there during the course of a season.

Getting balls to go out to left and left-center at Citi Field can be a daunting task. Just ask any player who has stood at second base with their hands up or rolling their eyes or shaking their head. And the numbers back it up.

When it comes to left field, down and in are two words very much in play.

Speaking of changes, Alderson made slight ones to the dimensions at mammoth Petco Park when he was with the San Diego Padres. Is he thinking along those lines here or something more?

Change is inevitable, and Citi Field at present is a beautiful park well received by fans. Alderson wants to make sure that the look and feel of the place is not compromised — and feels it won’t be.

C U soon
Eddie C.

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  1. Mike says:

    Paint the outfield wall blue!!!

  2. Cindy says:

    Nice article Ed! Was great to hear comments from Sandy Alderson during last night’s game. He is a great leader for this team. He has the knowledge and experience at moving in walls as he did at Petco park (one of my favorites). Whoever designed Citi Field failed in the outfield! Bring the fences in and Mets will be better 81 games at home. Home field advantage is a part of the game,.Looking forward to Reyesoween! LGM always!!! Thanks for all your great work!

  3. JT says:

    You don’t have to be a major leaguer to hit homeruns in Yankee Stadium, so no thanks, don’t include it in any comparisons

    The definition of a HR according to the founders of the game was as follows:

    When the baseball gets hit to a DISTANCE that the fielder cannot get it into home plate before the batter rounds the bases.

    These types of HR’s while rare are orders of magnitude more exciting than watching a ball go over a wall. From a spectators standpoint there is frantic reactionary defense to keep track of and the batter is RUNNING intensely (not leisurely jogging) around the bases to an outcome where he may or may not be safe at the plate.

    That being said people are too impatient and lazy to wait around for the inside-the-parkers that the old baseball stadiums provided, and it doesnt look like they are going to juice the ball anytime soon thus I propose the following…

    Move the visitors bullpen to left center. Expand the field in the place where the bullpen was under the bridge to give way to the SHEA ALLEY at 450+ft. Before you contemporaries gasp in horror bear in mind that it is a relatively small location thus it will not swallow many over-the-wall homeruns, furthermore it is located in the perfect gap location it goes between the center fielder and right fielder and thus when the ball gets hit there it will not be contained by a wall (where of is the case that triples turn into doubles and inside the parkers turn into triples) the fielder has to run out and get it and we can get a glimpse of what BASEball was intended to look like.

    Citifield is the perfect retro park on the outside, lets make retro on the inside (to some extent) as well.

    1. Matt says:

      JT, the Mets can’t even homer on the road. It has nothing to do with the dimensions of Chiti Field. Visiting teams have no problem creaming the ball over the fences.

      Bringing in the fences or lowering the wall Einstein will only hurt the Mets, with that great pitching staff the Mets have teams will be looking forward to playing the Mets at Chiti Field.

      Wright, Bay or any of those other so call power hitters the Mets have just SUCK!!!. Yes, you are right about one thing, don’t ever compare Chiti Field with the great stadium in the Bronx, Chiti Field does not add up, ever.

      Bring in the fences, advantage, visiting teams.

    2. Daniel says:

      JT, the Mets can’t even homer on the road. It has nothing to do with the dimensions of Chit* Field. Visiting teams have no problem creaming the ball over the fences.

      Bringing in the fences or lowering the wall Einstein will only hurt the Mets, with that great pitching staff the Mets have teams will be looking forward to playing the Mets at Chit* Field.

      Wright, Bay or any of those other so call power hitters the Mets have just SUCK!!!. Yes, you are right about one thing, don’t ever compare Chit* Field with the great stadium in the Bronx, Chit* Field does not add up, or ever will.

      Bring in the fences, advantage, visiting teams.

  4. Tom says:

    Comparing HR rates from Citi to Yankee stadium is stupid and is failed logic. The Yankees are the MLB leaders in home runs and the stadium itself has almost no effect in their ability to clear the fence. I’d bet there are only 5-10 “yankee stadium” home runs. Try putting some hitters on that team instead of having to move in the fences for your broke ass team. They know they can’t afford big hitters so they need to move the fences in to get runs. Sad…

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