Once again it’s time to get your daily dose of TRDMB’s Mets in the Papers.
George Bretherton, “Is It Really Twice As Hard To Hit A Homer At Citi Field?”
Do the Mets need to alter the dimensions at Citi Field to help their hitters? Or should they chalk up the lack of home runs hit at home this season to the teamâ€™s adjustment to the new layout AND to a roster that had many of their best hitters on the disabled list for an extended period of time?
Fred or Jeff Wilpon may not be comfortable in such a role, but one of them ought to walk into the middle of the clubhouse today and do some old Steinbrenner-type huffing and puffing. Significant personnel changes are needed, obviously, but a lot of these players will be back in 2009, and at the very least, Mets ownership should send them home with a message that, injuries notwithstanding, the same embarrassment won’t be tolerated again next season.
Bart Hubbuch, “Mets Slash Prices”
In light of their dismal 67-92 record, the team said it had no choice but to cut prices. Season tickets will be slashed by as much as 20 percent. Single-game seats probably won’t be reduced that much and in some cases will remain the same, Howard said. The price of the cheapest seat will stay at $11.
Steve Popper, “Minaya May Need To Get Crafty To Rebuild”
The meetings have already begun to plot the future, with coaches at the major and minor league level being judged. And now the plan will turn to just who will be on the field. With approximately $40 million coming off the payroll, the Mets will rebuild on the run â€“ but just how much they will spend has been a closely guarded secret at every level of the organization.
Popper’s smart money picks are Joel Pineiro, Adam LaRoche, Jason Bay and either Bengie Molina or Ramon Hernandez.
“I totally understand there (are) going to be some Yankee fans who are going to say: ‘What the heck is that SNY guy doing on there?’ I absolutely know that,” Darling, who will work with play-by-play mouth Chip Caray, said Thursday. “… But as far as I’m concerned it gives me a unique perspective, not only that I announce in the town, but I played postseason baseball in this town. That’s going to supersede anything I do (now) with the Mets.”
Adam Rubin, “Mets Cut Prices on 2010 Tickets”
Team officials announced Thursday that no ticket price will increase in 2010. On average, the cost of a ticket will decrease by more than 10%, with select seats seeing a 20% drop.
Joe Ward, “Moving Home Plate Could Help Mets”
If the Mets did move home plate out 10 feet, the park would probably yield home run totals similar to Sheaâ€™s, according to Rybarczykâ€™s calculations. The new distance to center field would be 398 feet instead of 408. It would be 12 feet shorter than at Shea, but with a wall that is twice as high. The dimensions down the lines would be reduced by about five feet each from the current distances, to about 330 feet in left and about 325 in right.
Let’s Go MetsÂ !