Much was made about the off-season decision to move in the fences at Citi Field to increase the amount of homeruns hit. During the winter the lowered the left field wall from 16 to eight feet, cut off right-centerfield from 415 feet to 398 feet, and brought in left-center from 371 feet to 358 feet. Here are some tidbits from the first season with the adjusted dimensions.
- From 2009 through 2011 an average of 1.432 home runs were hit per game. This year that increased to 1.913.
- Ike Davis and David Wright each hit four home runs that wouldn’t have been out last season.
- Jason Bay had two home runs at home this season. And although, many fans thought the shorter home run distance would boost his offensive stats, neither of his round-trippers were aided by the new dimensions.
- R.A. Dickey was the Mets pitcher hurt most by the new dimensions. He surrendered four home runs this year that wouldn’t have been such last season. Those home runs by Nick Swisher, Juan Uribe, Justin Ruggiano, and Dominic Brown accounted for seven runs that could have been outs or worst-case scenario, doubles. After much was made about the boost the offense will receive with the new dimensions it will be interesting to see if these changes could cost Dickey a Cy Young award.