Saturday, June 14, 2014
Sandy: Citi dimensions to be 'looked at'
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- Sandy Alderson told season ticket holders Saturday afternoon that again revising the dimensions of Citi Field will be considered. But the GM did not portray that as any kind of cure-all for the Mets' hitting woes.
Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsSandy Alderson has not ruled out more adjustments to Citi Field, but also doesn't portray that as a "panacea."
"This is our ballpark. We have to build a team that can be successful here," Alderson said. "We may have some difference of opinion as to how to do that, but that's obviously what we're trying to do. As I said earlier, when we improved our outfield defense last year, we got much better in this ballpark. And so I think that was one example of how we have adapted. And I think those are the kinds of things we need to continue to do.
"At the same time, look, changing the ballpark is not a panacea for not hitting with men in scoring position. It's not going to change our rate of singles that we hit with a man at second base. So when I suggest that we look at the dimensions of the ballpark, that doesn't mean that I think that's the solution. It's just part of the equation. We're not trying to degrade the ballpark or shift the focus to the ballpark from other things as to why we don't win at home. But hopefully we'll take all of these things into account as we continue to try to get better at home."