Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has strongly hinted at the possibility of the fences being moved in at Citi Field again and Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News hears from a team source that construction is expected to begin in a few weeks.
This will be the second time the Mets have moved in the fences since the stadium opened in 2009. After the 2011 season, the Mets brought in the left field wall from 371 feet to 358 feet, right-center from 415 feet to 390 feet, and right field from 378 feet to 375 feet. While details of the upcoming changes aren’t yet known, they will be specific to the right field and right-center field fences.
As Marc Carig of Newsday wrote last month, these long-rumored changes could be beneficial to the likes of Curtis Granderson and David Wright, who often hit balls to that area of the ballpark only to see them die on the warning track. Ideally the Mets would consider the novel concept of “moving in” better players, but assuming they don’t have that luxury from a payroll perspective, they are trying to maximize what they can get out of what they already have. These changes will also benefit the opposition’s hitters, so the Mets are apparently banking on the offensive upgrade and the potential of their young pitchers being able to tip the scales in their favor.