Mets Bring In The Citi Field Fences, Eye Power Surge

NEW YORK (AP) — The fences are coming in at Citi Field next year.

The Mets announced Monday they are moving the walls in by as much as 12 feet next season, lowering the height to 8 feet and changing the color to blue.

According to STATS LLC, Citi Field was last in the major leagues in home runs during its first three seasons with an average of 1.43 per game. The ballpark’s 3.78 ERA was the sixth-lowest in the major leagues.

Faced with a 16-foot fence in left that became known as “The Great Wall of Flushing,” David Wright’s power numbers dropped sharply. After averaging 30 homers per year in the final three seasons at Shea Stadium, he averaged 18 a year at Citi Field.

The Mets are adding about 140 seats as part of the changes.

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From the Mets:
FLUSHING, N.Y., October 31, 2011 – The New York Mets today announced they are moving in portions of the outfield wall at Citi Field as much as 12 feet and lowering the height of the home run line to 8 feet throughout the outfield. The outfield wall will become blue in 2012 concurrent with the Mets 50th Anniversary season. The home run line and distance markers will remain orange.

The Mets will erect a new wall in leftfield starting between the New Era and Caesars signs and angled to the Citi sign in left-centerfield (see attached renderings). The new wall will be closer to home plate by approximately 4 feet in leftfield and up to approximately 12 feet in deep left-centerfield.

A new wall will start in right-centerfield and extend toward the bullpen, and be as much as approximately 11 feet closer to home plate. The fence in front of the Mo’s Zone/Modell’s Clubhouse will move in approximately 10 feet. The distances from home plate to centerfield and the foul poles in leftfield and rightfield will remain the same.

“We wanted to make Citi Field fair to both pitchers and hitters,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson.

“After conferring with Sandy and all members of his staff, Ownership concurred with the recommendation to change the dimensions at Citi Field,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “We decided to change the outfield wall from black to Mets blue, which many of our fans have wanted.”

As a result of moving the walls in, the Mets will create a unique seating section in leftfield between the new and existing wall to accommodate about 100 fans. The club will also expand the Modell’s Clubhouse in rightfield to incorporate an outdoor seating area for approximately 40 additional fans.

What do you think of the changes? Leave a comment below.

  • Marc Weiss

    Don’t kid yourself. Freddy Coupon will charge a premium for those 140 new seats in order to pay for the fences and the new coach to Dutch Boy.

  • Bill

    This is ridiculous . They just built this beautiful park and now the are going to start hacking it up like they did @ Shea (plywood walls and weird colors )? Stick with a plan …build your team around speed and pitching . The home run, steroid era is dead ! This team kills me . Tough to be a Muts fan …. :(

  • Tony

    What the Mets need to do is have the Mets play their home games at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport. Is 12 yr olds have no problem homering there, maybe, just maybe, Wright, Bay & the rest of the Mets have a chance too.

  • brooklyn4ever

    Do we really need another Little League field in New York. Isn’t the one that is suoposed to be Yankee Stadium enough?

    • Johnson

      brooklyn4ever the Mets have visited that field in the Bronx 9 times over the last 3 yrs and still can’t homer there, yet, the Yankees have no problem homering in that field Wright & Mets fans think it’s to big.

      There’s nothing wrong with Citi Field, Mets need to get true major leaguers to play there.

  • blic

    hahaha! say goodbye to that 6th lowest era!

    maybe the spanish jerseys should say;

    “loss mets.”


  • Sean

    This from a team that does not even homer on the road, maybe the other teams need to bring in their fences as well whenever they play the Mets. LOL, LOL

    Have retractable fences just for the Mets.

    Press one (1) for major league size.

    Press two (2) for Mets players (Little League size)

  • mike

    thats the answer for todays whining athletes. Move in the fences. Did they move them in for dimaggio? did they move them in for mantle? 461 to dead center!!! 457 to the alleys!!!! these guys are a joke. everybody on the team isnt supposed to be able to hit homeruns. they are ruining the sport. news flash!!!!! i am going down to the little league field after work to hit 60 home runs in on day!!!!!! i want a new contract!!!!! you cant hit home runs cause your not a home run hitter. pathetic

  • mike

    take the fences down and the mets still wont hit it out!

  • Mike Kulpa

    LOL, other teams don’t seem to have issues hitting homers at City.

  • Ken

    Dosen’t matter what they do the place will be a ghost town next season.

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