Although it’s been common knowledge for a number of weeks, the Mets have confirmed that they’ll be moving in the right-center field fences.
The construction is expected to take place in the coming weeks, perhaps after the conclusion of the World Series.
Unlike the major adjustments the Mets made to the dimensions prior to the 2012 season, the changes this time around will only impact two areas of right-center field.
Prior to 2012, the Mets built a wall in front of the former “Great Wall of Flushing,” greatly reducing the distance to left field. They also moved the right-center field fence in 25 feet and moved the fence under the Pepsi Porch in by three feet.
As they have since moving to Citi Field, the Mets struggled offensively at home in 2014. They mustered just 59 home runs at Citi Field – the fourth worst mark in the National League.
Moving in the fences in right-center field makes all the sense in the world for the Mets.
Ever since the dimensions change in 2012, Citi Field has basically been a neutral hitters park. However, certain Mets – David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud among them – have admitted that the dimensions in right-center creep into their heads at times.
According to general manager Sandy Alderson, Curtis Granderson would’ve hit seven additional home runs if the still unreleased new dimensions had been in effect this season.
Aside from Wright and Granderson, this change should also be a positive one for Travis d’Arnaud (who goes the other way with authority) and Lucas Duda.