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At least we’re getting a bigger scoreboard at Citi Field….

Comparison of Citi Field's scoreboard in 2014 with a rendering of the new scoreboard for 2015 taken from the official Mets Tumblr
Comparison of Citi Field’s scoreboard in 2014 with a rendering of the new scoreboard for 2015 taken from the official Mets Tumblr

You’ll see a larger video scoreboard if you go out to Citi Field in 2015.

The Mets announced today that Daktronics will design, manufacture and install the new board, which will be 62 percent larger than the original one.

As someone who doesn’t have the best eyesight, I’m happy to hear about the bigger video board.

But I’d have been happier if the Mets’ off-season acquisitions hadn’t been limited to Michael Cuddyer, John Mayberry Jr. and Sean Gilmartin.

With the Washington Nationals signing former Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer to a $210 million mega deal this weekend, FanGraphs’ Jeff Sullivan wrote that they’re building a potential “super team” in the nation’s capital.

The Texas Rangers addressed a need for more pitching by trading for Yovani Gallardo today. Even the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros remedied roster shortcomings with their deal of Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily for Dexter Fowler.

Sandy Alderson hasn’t made a move affecting his major league roster since selling reliever Germen Gonzalez‘s contract to the New York Yankees a month ago today.

I don’t want the Mets to make a deal just for the sake of making a deal, and I realize that Alderson’s options are limited by budgetary constraints. But I’m a fan and I’m still going to get frustrated when I see other teams actively trying to get better while the Mets seem content with the status quo.

3 thoughts on “At least we’re getting a bigger scoreboard at Citi Field….

  1. For whatever it’s worth the Mets aren’t the only teams staying with the status quo (just look at the Rockies, Pirates and Orioles). However I still can’t help but chuckle every time I see the Mets try to use the “we have no money” excuse like they think everybody in the world is stupid.


    1. If I were a Rockies fan, I think I’d be ready to run the front-office folks out of town – how do you not try to trade Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez or put a better team around them?

      The Mets themselves never use the “we have no money” excuse… they are all about “financial flexibility” and judicious use of resources.

      What they really mean is that the Madoff profits are gone, people aren’t filling the ballpark like they expected and ownership would rather do something else with their money than invest in high-priced baseball players that may or may not lead to more championships than Jason Bay, Johan Santana, etc. did.

      And yet somehow Fred Wilpon is the new chair of the MLB Finance Committee… now there’s something to chuckle about.


  2. Paul,

    What’s really funny? Fred Wilpon becoming head of MLB’s Finance Committee. The guy I wouldn’t trust with a single dollar of mine is the head of the Finance Committee.

    Though I’d like to think if Harvey comes back healthy, the Mets could end up having one of the best starting staffs in the league, that larger video board is little more than the equivalent of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.


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