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Mets begin Citi Field outfield fence reconstruction

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The team has begun changing its outfield fence.

Jim McIsaac

In their second attempt to convert Citi Field into a more hitter-friendly park, the Mets are once again moving in the fences. The team took to Twitter to document the project's initiation.

Earlier this week, the New York Daily News reported the team's plans to bring the right-center and right-field fences closer to home plate.

ESPN's Park Factors gave Citi Field a 0.956 home-run rate that ranked 18th in MLB this season. Lucas Duda became just the second Met—and the first since Ike Davis in 2012—to launch a 30 home run campaign since the new park opened in 2009. In 2011, before the first round of construction, the stadium placed 28th with a 0.735 homer rate.

The club's dismal offensive home production in 2014 likely sparked another alteration. The Mets hit .224/.296/.349 with 59 long balls in Flushing compared to a .252/.321/.379 road slash line alongside 66 homers. That discrepancy, however, was not reflected by their opponents, who cleared Citi Field's fences 71 times compared to 70 at their home turfs.