Citi Field’s closer fences helped the opposition more than Mets

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Before the season,  the Mets erected a new fence in front of the old green wall, lowering the height needed for a home run to 8 feet from as much as 16 and cutting the distance from home plate by up to 12 feet.  And, not surprisingly, the number of home runs hit in Citi Field increased, from 108 last year to 155 this year.

But:

Citi Field’s smaller dimensions helped opponents more than the New York Mets. Of the 46 home runs this year that would not have cleared the old wall, 21 were hit by New York, according to figures compiled by the team … Visiting homers went up to 88, a boost from 81 in 2009, 47 the following season and 58 last year. It was the highest total against the Mets since 91 at Shea Stadium in 2001.

I guess David Wright his some more homers at home this year than he did in the past few years. And frankly, I tend to think that making David Wright happy was the whole purpose behind moving fences anyway. So, mission accomplished?

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.