Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 10/22/11

Prior to the conclusion of the 2011 season, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson stated that he intended to make changes to the Citi Field walls in an attempt to make the park more neutral, as opposed to the pitcher friendly dimensions that currently exist:

We’re not looking for an advantage with respect to home runs versus visitors’ home runs. At the same time, I think there is some sense that the park is a little more overwhelming to a team that spends half its time there as opposed to a team that comes in for three games and doesn’t really have to alter an approach or think about it too much and leaves.”

A team official has told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York “those changes will be announced after the World Series.” According to Rubin:

The 16-foot wall in left field will remain because it is structural, but a new 8-foot wall will be erected in front of it, a team source said.

The new left-field wall will not be constructed exactly parallel to the old wall. That would make it too close down the left-field line. Instead, a more modest reduction in depth will occur at the left-field foul pole, with a wider gap between the new and old walls in left-center.

Additional seating is expected to be added between the new and old walls, although there cannot be the same number of rows added throughout that area because of the different space between the walls in the corner versus in left-center.

In right field, where the “Mo’s Zone” nook currently exists, the fencing will be moved closer to eradicate that crevice.

A dramatic change will occur in right-center, which had measured 415 feet from home plate. The new depth is expected to be 390 feet — a 25-foot reduction. That should particularly benefit third baseman David Wright, whose natural power is to right-center.

I am sure I am in the minority here, but I had no problem with the dimensions at Citi Field. I liked all the nooks and crannies that existed there and my only real beef was the color of the walls; which changed from the teams traditional blue — as they were at Shea Stadium — to it’s current black with orange lettering.

While I realize there is a lack of home runs hit in the park (28th in MLB/0.735 HR per game), I believe it is due more to the lack of home run hitters on the roster rather then the dimensions the currently exist.

With that said, if you believe — as I do — that the walls took a toll on David Wright and Jason Bay mentally, then maybe changing the dimension at Cit Field isn’t that bad of an idea. If for nothing else, we all know “chicks dig the long ball.”

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