Thursday, September 27, 2012
Mets News and Notes: Wright's Record, Dickey's Option, Carson, Hernandez's Stache, Familia, CitiField Dimensions
David Wright passed Ed Kranepool for the franchise career hits record and Jeremy Hefner rebounded from failing to record an out in his previous start by tossing seven scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Pirates, 6-0, Wednesday night at Citi Field.
Wright had a pair of hits and now has 1,420 in his career, moving past Kranepool (1,418). The third baseman also has claimed the franchise records for RBI, runs and walks this season. He previously had claimed the doubles and extra-base hits records.
“I’m proud of the fact that I’ve been able to accomplish what I’ve been able to accomplish so far, but there’s a huge hole in doing what I think I want to accomplish as a team,” Wright told reporters. “Obviously, individually, there’s a lot more I’d like to accomplish. I’m proud of the fact I’ve had the career I’ve had so far, and I’ve worked extremely hard and feel very fortunate to be in this position. So I’m proud of that, but there’s still a big hole that’s inside.”
Dickey has a team-friendly option for next season at $5 million. He won't be as Charitable in his new deal...
"It’s different in that you accept the first contract trying to be compensated for 13 years of playing the game and finally getting a chance to take care of your family,” Dickey told McCullough. “This mentality is different, because I’ve done that now. I have more freedom to really weigh things. ...
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One practice field at their spring training complex replicates those exact dimensions, including before and after markers that illustrate the radical makeover.
At practice Field 7, just outside the main diamond at Digital Domain Park, there’s plenty of room in the power alleys where there’s space to drive a truck between two chain-link fences — a 16-foot high monster that kept balls in play the first three years at Citi Field, and the hitter-friendly 8-foot wall the park will have this season.
The Mets estimate 29 more homers — including both teams — would have been hit last season. So the reconfiguration figures to improve the power profile of a team that was 13th in the NL with 108 homers last year.
It’s no accident the field is adjacent to the main field, there for all to see on a daily basis. All it takes is a bit of imagination.
“I think balls that might have one-hopped the wall last year, I think it’s going to bounce off the wall or maybe even go out,” outfielder Lucas Duda said. “Obviously it’s a chain-link fence vs. a pretty solid wall, but it gives me a chance to kind of get used to the dimensions and get a head start.”
Manager Terry Collins is hopeful that the redone dimensions will do more than lead to home runs. He believes it’ll provide a mental lift for players who might have become pull-happy in the past.
“It’s going to mean a lot because David, right-center is where he made a living,” Collins said. “It’s where he became a star. I think it’s going to be back in his game again.”
Wright hit 14 homers in an injury-shortened 2011, nine of them on the road. Now, he anticipates the splits won’t be so different.
“You want to be rewarded for having good at-bats, hitting the ball hard,” Wright said. “Sometimes you do everything you can possibly do and hit a ball as good as you can, and obviously you get a little frustrated with that.