Commentary

BP Daily: Citi Field will tax Mets HRs

Higher fences may sap David Wright's production

Originally Published: April 13, 2009
By Marc Normandin | Baseball Prospectus
Citi FieldTomasso DeRosa/US PresswireCiti Field opens tonight. How will its dimensions affect the Mets?

Citi Field's dimensions are a dramatic shift from those of the Mets' former home, Shea Stadium. While there are a few spots in the park that are going to be better for hitters than in their former confines, most of the fences have been moved back in a way that is going to significantly decrease home runs for the Mets and their opponents. Unlike the new Yankee Stadium, Citi Field is meant to be more of an old-school stadium in its presentation, so besides the change in distances from home plate, the heights of the fences have also been altered.