We bought tickets to see a Mets game roughly seven years ago. Ever since then, we have been on their e-mail list. This rarely pays off, but today it kind of did. The Mets, you see, announced what had been rumored for a while: they are moving in the fences at Citi Field. Considering the ballpark was opened in 2009, this is a pretty swift move. Per a press release from the Mets:
The New York Mets today announced they are moving in portions of the outfield wall at Citi Field as much as 12 feet and lowering the height of the home run line to 8 feet throughout the outfield. ... The Mets will erect a new wall in leftfield starting between the New Era and Caesars signs and angled to the Citi sign in left-centerfield (see renderings). The new wall will be closer to home plate by approximately 4 feet in leftfield and up to approximately 12 feet in deep left-centerfield. A new wall will start in right-centerfield and extend toward the bullpen, and be as much as approximately 11 feet closer to home plate. The fence in front of the Mo's Zone/Modell's Clubhouse will move in approximately 10 feet. The distances from home plate to centerfield and the foul poles in leftfield and rightfield will remain the same. "We wanted to make Citi Field fair to both pitchers and hitters," said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson.
Now: We already know Target Field -- which opened in 2010 and has played as a pitchers' park when it comes to runs scored and particularly home runs, will not be changing dimensions for 2012. Dave St. Peter addressed that in a conference call with fans, as reported earlier this month by Joe C.
Our question, though: Should the Twins be seriously considering it? Maybe a third year -- a la Citi Field -- creates a reasonable enough sample size to make a better judgment? Maybe you're ready for a quick fix now, thinking the dimensions are too pitcher-friendly? Maybe you like it the way it is? Maybe you don't want to move the walls, but instead push home plate forward? Is it really the ballpark that's the problem, or is it Twins' hitters?
Our quick two cents: If 2012 is like 2010 and 2011, where the stats are very favorable toward pitchers, we have to think the Twins brass should give a makeover some serious consideration. Jason Kubel hit 15 HRs at home in the Dome in 2009 and 12 combined at Target Field the past two seasons. Michael Cuddyer hit 18 at the Dome in 2009 and 17 combined at TF the past two seasons. Joe Mauer hit 16 at the Dome in 2009 and one at TF in 2010. Those are quick examples. As Alderson said, a park needs to be fair to both pitchers and hitters.