- Sluggers hoping that the dimensions at cavernous Citi Field will be more home-run friendly in 2010 reportedly are going to be disappointed.
The New York Daily News, citing an unnamed source, reported Thursday that New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel recommended no changes be made to Citi Field's dimensions for next season, and the team's owners, the Wilpon family, will abide by that request.
According to the hittrackeronline.com Web site, Citi Field averages 1.67 home runs per game, putting it 11th out of the 16 National League stadiums. Shea Stadium averaged 2.15 home runs per game in 2008.
The Mets, although depleted by injury, are last in the majors with a paltry 77 home runs. Third baseman David Wright, one of the few Mets players who has stayed relatively healthy this season, has just eight home runs (five at home). He averaged 29 per season from 2005 to 2008.
Well, yes. But you can't build a ballpark for one player, and the real problem isn't that the Mets have hit only 77 home runs; it's that they've hit 50 fewer home runs than they've allowed.
Oh, and 11th out of 16? That's nothing. What's more, in terms of scoring the new building has been almost exactly neutral. We'll need a few more seasons to see how it really plays, but at the moment we might guess that the new place will actually be slightly more hitter-friendly than the old place.
It's a shame, what's happened to David Wright, and the Mets might have overdone the outfield's square footage just a tad. But whatever's ailing the Mets wouldn't be cured my monkeying around with the fences after just one season.