During the past few weeks, there has been some speculation that in the offseason, the Mets may alter the dimensions of Citi Field so that it could provide more of an advantage to hitters.
Two areas in particular that have been criticized are the high wall in left field and the "Mo Zone" in right field. If the left field wall would get lowered, maybe to the same height as the wall in center field, and if the "Mo Zone" could be drawn in to the same distance as the rest of the right field area, Citi Field could definitely turn into more of an average stadium for both pitchers and hitters.
One big reason that has led to these rumors is the fact that ever since the Mets moved into Citi Field in 2009, the team simply has not hit a ton of home runs. In 2009, star third baseman David Wright dropped to just 10 home runs and only five at Citi Field. A year later, Jason Bay suffered a decline himself and hit six home runs in 2010. Bay does have 12 home runs this year, but it is certainly not at the rate that the Mets originally paid him for.
On the flip side, Citi Field has turned into a good stadium for hitting doubles and triples, with its vast gaps, particularly the one in right center field. As a result, hitters like Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan have used their speed to take advantage of the current dimensions. However, if the dimensions do get altered, will this have a significant impact on players like Reyes and Pagan? Some may say it will, but one needs to look at the big picture overall.
Speaking of Reyes, there has been talk that if the Mets change Citi Field's dimensions, Reyes is less likely to return. Could this be true?
Here are a few reasons why changing Citi Field's dimensions may or may not have an effect on the Mets re-signing Jose Reyes.