General manager Sandy Alderson and COO Jeff Wilpon hosted the media at Citi Field last week to announced right and right-center field fences at the ballpark will be moved in anywhere from three to 11 feet.
The biggest change will come in right-center, where the distance from home plate will be reduced from 390 to 380 feet.
Of course, the park will also be more friendly to hitters from other teams, but Alderson wasn’t concerned about the impact on the Mets’ strong stable of young arms.
“A lot of analysis went into this decision,” he said. “We believe these modifications will increase the number of home runs without adversely affecting our pitchers.”
According to Alderson, data from the 2014 season showed that Mets hitters would have hit another 17 home runs if the new dimensions were in place, while opponents would have only hit another 10 home runs.
Curtis Granderson, the Mets’ big free agent pickup in 2014, would have hit an extra nine home runs.
This is the second time the Mets have altered the dimensions of Citi Field. A more drastic alteration occurred in 2011.
“These modifications are a refinement of previous changes made to the Citi Field fences and continue to be fair to both pitchers and hitters,” Alderson sid.