No dimension changes for Citi Field

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This stinks. I’m kind of partial to the Eighth Dimension. I think some good baseball could be played there:

The toughest ballpark in which to hit home runs in the National League
is not expected to have any dimension changes or altered wall heights
for 2011, according to a source familiar with the plans of New York Mets
officials.

The source suggested to ESPNNewYork.com that the only way Citi Field
alterations would be considered for 2011 is if a new GM is hired that
has strong feelings about the subject.

I would hope, if I were a Mets fan anyway, that any new GM who comes in will have “strong feelings” about assembling a roster consisting of the best players possible, and that they’d leave cheap parlor tricks like moving fences in to be a third or fourth-order concern.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.