NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Jason Pridie #20 leaps to catch a ball hit by Drew Stubbs of the Cincinnati Reds in the eleventh inning during a game at Citi Field on September 27, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Stubbs tripled on the play. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
According to a report from ESPN New York, the Mets will announce they are changing the dimensions of Citi Field after the World Series. As expected, the fences will be moving in, with the most significant changes coming in right-center field and left field.
In an effort to make Citi Field more palatable to hitters, the New York Mets will announce new dimensions at their Flushing ballpark after the World Series, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reported Friday.
The raised 16-foot wall in left field is expected to be chopped down to a more reasonable eight feet and the 415-foot graveyard in right-center field is expected to be moved in 25 feet to leave the new depth 390 feet from home plate. Additionally, the Mets will get rid of the quirky Mo's Zone nook in the right-field corner by moving the fencing closer.
The move comes after three seasons of debate about how the park's cavernous dimensions affected the team's power hitters. While there's no way of knowing how much truth there is to the popular theory that the home-runs-turned-flyouts were psychologically damaging to Jason Bay and David Wright, the park did yield the third-lowest home-run rate in the National League last year at 1.33 home runs per game.
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