Tal’s Hill is that little hill in center field at Minute Maid Park. It probably represents the dumbest flair-for-the-sake-of-flair design element of any ballpark in baseball. And, based on Zach Levine’s report in the Houston Chronicle, it may be gone soon, along with that train above the outfield:
Add the train high above left field to Tal’s Hill on the list of Minute Maid Park quirks potentially on the chopping block.
Owner Jim Crane said Wednesday that the club will weigh removing both features before next year when it moves to the American League and rebrands.
“Those are two things people question me about all the time and those are logical,” Crane said. ”We’re going to do our marketing research. We’re going to study it.”
The train could stay or go, who cares. But if there is market research that supports keeping a freaking hill on the playing field, I submit that such research should be ignored.