Adam Rubin is reporting that the Mets are dropping the fence height in center field. Rubin reports in today’s New York Daily News that the second level of padding will be removed bringing the height down to 8 feet. In 2009 the fence was as high as 16 feet at it’s maximum height in front of the home run apple. Despite the change in fence height the outfield dimensions will remain the same.
Reducing the fence height is felt to be a step toward increasing the team’s home run numbers. The Mets were last in the league with only 95 home runs last season. Considering the Mets home run number were equally bad on the road (46) as they were at home (49) I don’t think changing the height of the fence is the answer unless more changes are made to the roster as well. Maybe starting the season with a (mostly) healthy club will be a good omen but I still feel like a power bat at first base (Russell Branyan?) would be most helpful.