In the seventh inning of yesterday's Mets loss to Milwaukee, Jason Bay hit a ball off the top of the high fence in left-center field, and after the game, R.A. Dickey said what everyone was probably thinking. From the Daily News: "Any other park in the universe, that's a home run." Added the man who hit the ball, on whether he thought he'd hit a home run: "It's really hard to think anything is gone here." But word is changes to the fences could be coming.
Over the weekend, Jeff Bradley of the Star-Ledger reported that a high-ranking Mets official told him that "it's pretty certain" there will be alterations to Citi Field's outfield wall next season. But for now, it might be wise not to expect anything too drastic. From the Star-Ledger:
Among the changes, expect to see the left-field wall, which is nearly 16 feet tall, to be lowered. General manager Sandy Alderson, while not definitively stating changes would be made, said earlier this week there are nips and tucks that can be made to the 2.5 acre field that would not require any major structural changes to the ballpark. Of course, that would be in keeping with the tight budget the organization is working with.
Over at MetsBlog, meanwhile, Matthew Cerrone writes that he's been hearing since last March that the team was considering lowering the left-field fence and rounding out the right-field fence. And he also writes that the buzz is that Sandy Alderson "prefers the ballpark to be 'neutral,' i.e., not a hitter's park, not a pitcher's park."
They've made minor alterations in the past, such as when the team lowered the home run line in centerfield prior to the 2010 season. (Compare this photo, for example, to this one.) But even if they simply paint a lower home-run line in left, here's guessing that Bay, especially, would approve.