Showing posts with label Moving the walls in. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Moving the walls in. Show all posts

Friday, April 06, 2012

Video: Mets Show off their New Walls.....and seats

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

View (Photo) of Citi Field's Party City Deck

The Party City Deck is Citi Field's newest hospitality attraction. Bringing in the fences in left field resulted in this new Field Level space hosting groups of 25-102. The area will be comprised of barstools and regular seats. Every ticket includes food and beer service throughout the game, and Party City Deck groups will have access to dedicated in-seat service.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mets getting a feel for Citi-Field early, pull in the fences at Port St.Lucie

The New York Mets won’t have to wait until opening day to gage how the pulled-in fences at Citi Field will lead to more long balls.

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.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

David Wright stops by Citi Field to check out the new dimensions (Photos)

Wright: "I'm excited about the changes...I can't wait until April"

Wright and Jeff Wilpon

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Right Field Wall Construction Update (Photo)

Right Field is shaping up

Monday, October 31, 2011

Images of the New Dimensions Next Year at Citi Field

New Dimensions at Citi Field next season

Mets announce that they are modifying Citi-Field's Dimensions

Bring in those walls!

The Mets announced Monday they are moving the walls in by as much as 12 feet next season, lowering the height to 8 feet and changing the color to blue.

According to STATS LLC, Citi Field was last in the major leagues in home runs during its first three seasons with an average of 1.43 per game. The ballpark's 3.78 ERA was the sixth-lowest in the major leagues.

Faced with a 16-foot fence in left that became known as "The Great Wall of Flushing," David Wright's power numbers dropped sharply. After averaging 30 homers per year in the final three seasons at Shea Stadium, he averaged 18 a year at Citi Field.

The Mets are adding about 140 seats as part of the changes.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mets making adjustments to Citi-Field's wall heights and dimensions

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  Substantial dimension changes to Citi Field will be announced after the World Series, in an effort to make the 3-year-old ballpark more hitter-friendly, a team official confirmed.

Citi Field allowed 1.33 homers per game last season, which ranked 14th among 16 National League ballparks, ahead of only San Francisco's AT&T Park (1.00) and San Diego's Petco Park (1.23).

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said last month that the intention was to make Citi Field more neutral -- not to tilt the balance in favor of hitters.

Alderson added at the time that offense sells. And the Mets need to fill seats, having experienced three straight seasons of declining attendance.

"We're not looking for an advantage with respect to home runs versus visitors' home runs," Alderson said last month. "At the same time, I think there is some sense that the park is a little more overwhelming to a team that spends half its time there as opposed to a team that comes in for three games and doesn't really have to alter an approach or think about it too much and leaves."

The 16-foot wall in left field will remain because it is structural, but a new 8-foot wall will be erected in front of it, a team source said.

The new left-field wall will not be constructed exactly parallel to the old wall. That would make it too close down the left-field line. Instead, a more modest reduction in depth will occur at the left-field foul pole, with a wider gap between the new and old walls in left-center.

Additional seating is expected to be added between the new and old walls, although there cannot be the same number of rows added throughout that area because of the different space between the walls in the corner versus in left-center.

In right field, where the "Mo's Zone" nook currently exists, the fencing will be moved closer to eradicate that crevice.

A dramatic change will occur in right-center, which had measured 415 feet from home plate. The new depth is expected to be 390 feet -- a 25-foot reduction. That should particularly benefit third baseman David Wright, whose natural power is to right-center.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

David Wright hints for fence movement at Citi-Field, especially in Right Center

After three years of frustration for their hitters, especially David Wright, it looks like the Mets are ready to make some changes with the vast dimensions at Citi Field.

Why a team with power hitters would build an overly-friendly pitchers' ballpark with a 16-foot-high wall in left field or a 415-foot alley in right-center is anyone's guess but this place was hardly well thought out.

Remember, it's an ode to Ebbets Field and it took two years before there was a Mets museum.

First-year General Manager Sandy Alderson admitted last week in St. Louis that he sees the problems the Mets are having with the park. Although they had a winning home record in their first two years, they went into the weekend just 31-44 at home this year -- but 43-38 on the road.

"We're not looking for an advantage with respect to home runs versus visitors' home runs [the Mets have 45, the visitors 54]," Alderson said. "At the same time, I think there is some sense that the park is a little more overwhelming to a team that spends half its time there as opposed to a team that comes in for three games and doesn't really have to alter an approach or think about it too much and leaves."

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Moving the walls in at Citi-Field might be a topic of conversation in the off-season

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY said before the four-homer night at Citi-Field, incoming minority partner David Einhorn watched batting practice with Fred Wilpon. And, according to Newsday, there was a lot of gesticulating about the outfield walls, which may be getting modified next season to make Citi Field more power friendly.  David Lennon writes that the 16-foot wall in left could be halved, but cannot be moved in because behind the padding is a cement retaining wall. Sandy Alderson also modified the design of Petco Park after his first season on the job with the San Diego Padres. The GM acknowledged to Andrew Keh in the Times about dimension changes: "It is probably something we need to think about," while adding: "It’s not something we need to decide with regard to the team we have now. It’s something we need to decide with regard to the team we want to have in the future.”

Through the weekend, Citi Field ranked 11th of 16 ballparks in the National League in homers per game at 1.53. How might alterations to Citi Field affect home run totals?

Here’s an analysis from Greg Rybarczyk, founder of He is a former U.S. Navy nuclear engineer and ship navigator as well as a former physics instructor at an ROTC prep school.

To determine the percentage increase in homers that wall adjustments would cause, Rybarczyk took all of the homers hit in the majors in 2010 and plotted them first using the existing Citi Field walls, then with certain modifications to the ballpark.


Says Rybarczyk: “I did this by moving the fence line of the long fence segment 10 feet towards the infield (which actually results in the fence being a bit more than 10 feet closer to home, since the fence angles away from home plate). I also lowered this fence to 10 feet high from the existing 16 feet high. If you do this, you increase homers to that part of the park by 35 percent, and overall homers by 22 percent. Obviously you can tweak the amount of the move inwards and/or the height of the new wall to get a bigger or smaller effect.”
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