Target Field: totally green

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Target Field: Where the only thing that isn’t green are the seats:

The ballpark has been awarded silver-level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Twins announced Thursday that their LEED score of 36 points is the highest for an outdoor baseball facility in the United States. Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., which opened two years ago, scored 34 points.

The two most striking elements of the ballpark design I saw in the recently-posted tour of the place were (a) the heaters over the concourse; and (b) the big wood sculpture/mural things of Twins greats like Rod Carew, Kirby Puckett and the like in various bars and restaurants on-site. The fact that they can chop down trees in the name of bar art and are paying to heat the Minnesota outdoors and are still the most green park around either means that the bar is really low for green ballparks or else they’re really going the extra mile to make it up elsewhere.

I’m no expert, but I’d really take a close look at the hot dog wrappers if I were you.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.