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Mets create practice field to mirror Citi Field

Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:28 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

In an effort to make the park a little less extreme -- in favor of the pitchers -- the Mets have moved in and lowered the fences in the Citi Field outfield for this upcoming season. The changes are below, with the orange line being the old wall and the blue line being the new one (also note that the left field wall was 16 feet tall and it's now only eight feet tall, among several other alterations).

And just to make things a bit more familiar for the next six weeks, the Mets have a chain-link replica of Citi Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla. for spring training.



The replica field isn't one they'll use for spring games, as it's merely a practice field (Field 7). Still, they can get in some work on the field and become more comfortable with the new dimensions. Three players -- David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda -- took batting practice on Field 7 Wednesday and there's already an excitement. Here are some quotes on the first day:

• "Today shows you that there's a big difference," Mets manager Terry Collins said (MLB.com). "It's going to change the way these guys think when they're at home plate."

• "I saw David [Wright] hit like four or five balls that last year wouldn't have been over the fence and now they're homers," Duda said (MLB.com). "I saw Murph hit one out the other day. It's the first day and the wind was blowing out a little bit, so you've got to factor it in. But it was a good day."

• “You could tell. And if you couldn’t tell, [Mets COO] Jeff [Wilpon] was there to remind you,” Wright said (ESPN New York).

• “The wind was blowing out to left pretty good, so that felt pretty good," said Murphy (ESPN New York). "I saw David hit some balls out. I think he hit one out to right-center. I think Jeff came up and said something to him. He was like, ‘See, I told you we brought them in.’ And then Duda hit a couple out to left. And there was one ball, the last swing I took, to 358 in left-center that ran out of real estate that I was like, ‘All right, I kind of like that a little bit.’”

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Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:47 am
 

Mets create practice field to mirror Citi Field

I like what they did straightening out the power alleys in right. Time for the Yankees to move their right field fence back.


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Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:20 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:30 pm
 

Mets create practice field to mirror Citi Field

Mets don't have enough "power" bats to make moving the fences in worthwhile !
Opponents will take advantage of it more than they will.
Suspect they will get out-homered at Citi Field by alot.
That franchise is one disaster after another.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:19 pm
 

Mets create practice field to mirror Citi Field

dixemup:

It was extreme in favor of the pitchers. They want the park less extreme.

Not complicated.

- Matt



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:13 pm
 

Mets create practice field to mirror Citi Field

In an effort to make the park a little less extreme -- in favor of the pitchers -- the Mets have moved in and lowered the fences in the Citi Field outfield
CBS WRITERS & EDITORS STRIKE AGAIN !

A"less extreme" park with shorter & lower fences should FAVOR the batters !

Another stupid mistake that could be avoided by a simple 30 second reread !

Get your $%#@ together Snyder & CBS !!!!



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:43 pm
 

Mets create practice field to mirror Citi Field

I like the new dimensions and the leftfield wall being lowered to eight feet is great, now lets see how Pelfrey and some of the other Mets pitchers perform in them..


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