200 Miles From the Citi

February 11, 2010 7:30 AM

Out of Center Field

Citi_Wall_Change.JPGOn to baseball, where the Mets will show in 2010 what I've been saying for a while now - had it not been for the injuries last year, they still would have been terrible.

Something's going to need to change in order for the Mets to improve.

And the Mets have made a couple of changes, both related to John Fogerty's favorite position.

Unfortunately, neither one will do much to improve the Mets' chances in 2010.

The first involves the physical center field at Citi Field.  The Mets are lowering the center field wall.

As you can see in the picture at left, the wall in center field rises in front of the apple.

The Mets will take away that top layer of padding, lowering the center field wall from16 feet to 8 feet.

I only remember a couple of shots last year that even hit that wall, along with a few that went over it.

I don't know that this will be a huge change.

I hope the Mets aren't hung up on their power numbers a year ago - it's too early to make a judgment on Citi Field as a place where fly balls go to die.  Plenty of homers were hit there, just not by the Mets...who didn't homer on the road either.

We'll see if this even matters.

The second change involves a player who used to roam the outfield, though at Shea Stadium, not Citi Field.

The Mets named Mookie Wilson their Minor League outfield and baserunning coordinator.

Other than the nod to their past, I'm not sure what kind of impact this move has.  I will say this - with the number of baserunning gaffes this team had at the Major League level last year, it seems like Wilson should be with the Mets themselves, not in the minors.

It can't hurt, though, to have someone teaching the young players how to play the right way.  I've said it before - nothing frustrates me more than seeing a professional team screwing up the fundamentals.

I'd much rather be telling you about the Mets stealing some pitcher from somewhere and turning their 2010 prospects around.

But this is what we have.

A minor league instructor and an outfield wall.

Let's Go Mets!

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