Wary of the perception of any change to their second-year ballpark, the Mets insisted today that shortening the 16-foot wall in front of the Home Run Apple will be done for "aesthetic" purposes and not to increase longball totals at Citi Field.
The team's explanation does seem to make sense in this case. That wall is 408 feet from home plate anyway, so it's not like there were dozens of deep drives that were kept inside the park by the oversized cutout. After the cosmetic change, the centerfield wall will have a more uniform height of eight feet before it stretches to the taller boundaries in right and left field. The distances from the plate will remain the same.