Sandy Alderson had a Q&A with season ticket holders Saturday afternoon, he addressed many topics including Bringing in the fences, Murphy Trade bait?, and Payroll for next season.
Sandy Alderson said 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.
Sandy 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."
Asked in a Q&A for an assurance Murphy will not be dealt amid speculation on Twitter and blogs that he may end up available, Sandy Alderson answered:
"Look, we have a real appreciation for Dan Murphy. Murphy is somebody who is an offensive player, who has really done some things this year to improve himself as an offensive player. His on-base percentage is much higher than it has been in recent years. He goes the other way. So there's no question in terms of this ballpark, he's been a plus. You know, we talk about all the time: We're looking for players that are willing to play in New York or can play in New York. He hits in New York. He hits in this ballpark.
"He's done a nice job getting himself to the point where he plays second base as well as he does. So, you know, I haven't been on Twitter in a long time. So I know you haven't been reading my tweets. And I don't think you've been reading them from Terry [Collins] either. So, at this point, do what I do: Ignore Twitter and try to ignore the blogosphere and have a beer when you go home tonight."