Mets' Wright remains loyal to the end

David Wright has seen his home run totals plummet since the Mets moved to Citi Field in 2009. Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images

ST. LOUIS -- New York Mets third baseman David Wright remains loyal to a fault.

Asked point-blank if the organization did him a disservice constructing Citi Field with a deep right-center gap, which happened to be where Wright loved to hit homers at former home Shea Stadium, Wright declined to offer any critical judgment.

"If I'm an owner, I'm not going to build a park specific to one or two players. It's just not the way it should work," Wright maintained before Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, as word continued to seep out about planned modifications to Citi Field for 2012 that would make the three-year-old stadium more hitter-friendly.

"They spent a lot of money building that ballpark, they should get what they want out of it. On the flip side of it, you've got a player like Jose [Reyes] that hits all those triples that the park might be a good fit for.

"But he'll probably get his triples no matter how big the park is," Wright dryly added.

Wright averaged 29 homers overall a season from 2005 to 2008. He has averaged 18 a season since the opening of Citi Field.

Revised dimensions at Citi Field for 2012 are likely to shorten the deep, 415-foot alley in right-center, which should directly benefit Wright.

"One of the things that played to my strength at Shea was being able to drive the ball to right-center," Wright said. "You've really got to hit it at Citi Field to get it out there. It's obviously welcome because I'm not great at pulling the ball with a lot of power. Most of my power comes from gap to gap. Obviously if they change the dimensions, as has been kind of hinted, I don't think that could do anything but help my strengths. But you never know until it actually happens."

Wright noted it's not just Mets players that get frustrated by the ballpark. He cited Ryan Zimmerman's visible frustration during the Washington Nationals' last visit.

"I think the biggest thing is the expression on the guys' faces after they think they hit a ball pretty well," Wright said. "Zim kind of comes to mind. The last series at home he hit the ball the other way that he thought that he hit pretty well. I think [Lucas] Duda was barely on the warning track. And you could just kind of see it in [Zimmerman's] face as he ran by. I've been there and done that, so I kind of know the feeling.

"It's fair to say that if you hit the ball good, you want to be rewarded for it. And hopefully these changes help you out with that."

Wright said it was never his place to complain about the dimensions.

"I understand what my job is. And my job is to go out there and try to play third base," Wright said. "I really always thought you've got to have that separation of powers. I shouldn't be going, telling Terry [Collins] how to manage. I shouldn't go tell the front office or ownership what changes to make to the park. I think there's got to be that division of powers. I have never gone and said anything about changes, or wanting changes, or needing changes."

As for the past three years' power issues, Wright acknowledged he probably tried to begin pulling the ball more once the Mets switched ballparks. He added that it's impractical to have different home and road swings, so he took those changes with him away from Citi Field, too.

"I mean, I think when I got to Citi Field -- I don't know if it was just the park or wanting to become a better all-around hitter -- that I focused more on trying to become a better pull hitter," Wright said. "And I don't think that's the reason for hitting 10 home runs [in 2009]. I just think I might have done the same thing if we were still playing at Shea. I felt like one of my strengths was hitting the ball the other way and I wanted to make hitting the inside pitch -- pulling it -- one of my strengths as well. Home runs are weird for me. Sometimes they come in bunches. And sometimes I don't hit them for a month, or 10 in a year."