Center field at Minute Maid Park has received a facelift this offseason, gone is Tal’s Hill and new batter’s eye is in. Today is the first time we’ve seen the completed centerfield fence thanks to team historian Mike Acosta.
The CF distance marker has yet to be put in place, but the yellow home run line now runs across the new fence. pic.twitter.com/M1Lbd6HXFo— Mike Acosta (@AstrosTalk) February 16, 2017
Acosta noted a few key facts about the dimensions: the wall is 19 feet tall at the Crawford Boxes, 25 feet along Home Run Alley, the wall now runs to 10 feet across center field, and finally drops to seven feet tall long right field. In total, there are 19 wall angles.
The new yard is enjoying this Houston weather. pic.twitter.com/joFeBcbVmO— Mike Acosta (@AstrosTalk) February 16, 2017
But this is the first clear look with the complete wall fully in place. I admit the new demotions don’t hurt my soul as much as I expected them to. In a way, the biggest thing I come away with the feeling of oddity and exoticness is now gone.
But overall it feels like a better use of this space compared to the hill. But TCBers what do you think?