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Monday, August 20, 2012

Astros Submit Uniform Design Changes, Might Change Ballpark

Rather than make all these drastic changes to the Astros, wouldn’t it have been easier to fold the team, and move the A’s to Houston?

There’s one more note from the very bottom of the link above that’s even more interesting than new uniforms:

He also said the Astros are soliciting fans’ opinions on the future of Tal’s Hill in center field and that fans have said “they don’t see a lot of sense in having that 436(-foot fence) in center. We’re looking at a design that would incorporate some other things out there. We could use that space for a lot of different things.”

Tal’s Hill was a design feature meant to echo the incline in the outfield grass at old Crosley Field in Cincinnati. But Crosley’s incline was a natural feature of the terrain; Tal’s Hill was a contrived gimmick. Minute Maid Park—and I have been there—feels as if the people responsible for its design had a committee meeting, at which it was stated, “Everyone think of all thee ballpark quirks you can and we’ll put every single one of them in here!”

If the Astros remove the hill and shorten the center-field dimensions, Minute Maid Park will probably become a hitter’s park, not to mention taking away a “feature” that could someday be dangerous (there’s a flagpole, in play, at the top of the hill).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. dejarouehg Posted: August 20, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4212744)
The hill is an absurd feature but it is an excellent ballpark. One of the most over-amped radar guns in the bigs........or Kyle Farnsworth really could hit 102 on the gun 3 times in a 2003 game.

Then again, I saw Billy Wagner throw a 92 mph slider in the Astrodome. (Maybe that's not an exaggeration.)
   2. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 20, 2012 at 03:26 PM (#4212795)
Crane ... said the Astros have submitted their redesigned uniforms to MLB for approval. He said the design includes "traditional" elements from past Astros uniforms and "incorporates them in a very modest way. They’re very classy."


I was going to snark on this, but these uniforms are pretty cool. And anyway, I like the clown suits.

If the Astros remove the hill and shorten the center-field dimensions, Minute Maid Park will probably become a hitter's park, not to mention taking away a "feature" that could someday be dangerous (there's a flagpole, in play, at the top of the hill).


I was really surprised to read this. Back in 2000 good old Enron Field had a multi-year park factor of 107. Recently it's been slinking around in the high-90s. What happened?
   3. God Posted: August 20, 2012 at 03:52 PM (#4212835)
I think people just built smaller and smaller ballparks.

I love the hill, BTW.
   4. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 20, 2012 at 04:47 PM (#4212951)
Here's what the Astros will be wearing as they move to their new league next year.
   5. Greg Maddux School of Reflexive Profanity Posted: August 20, 2012 at 04:52 PM (#4212965)
a “feature” that could someday be dangerous (there’s a flagpole, in play, at the top of the hill).

Uh, the pole isn't what poses the danger any more than benches are what pose the danger in parks that have bullpens in foul territory. When someone is running and not looking where he's going, changing terrain is a hazard. Most players just stumble, but anybody unfortunate enough to reach the hill at a point in his stride that causes him to land heel-first on an extended leg risks going full Napoleon McCallum.


Back in 2000 good old Enron Field had a multi-year park factor of 107. Recently it's been slinking around in the high-90s. What happened?

Change in ground-rule regarding what constituted a home run in left field, in addition to the changing composition of the rest of the league's parks.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: August 20, 2012 at 08:07 PM (#4213214)
fans have said “they don’t see a lot of sense in having that 436(-foot fence) in center

Yeah, they want to see Bogusevic hit warning track flyballs to CF too.

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