Is Minute Maid Park (Finally) Going to Lose Tal's Hill?

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Going, going, gone?
There were basically two people who loved Tal's Hill, the gimmicky hill in Minute Maid Park's centerfield, and one of them was named Tal.

The other was former owner Drayton McLane, who installed the hill, which has no other reason for existence, because his buddy Tal Smith remembered some old ballparks had them.

Now there's an indication the hill may be leveled.

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow had an in-game chat with fans last night, and one asked if there were any ballpark changes being considered.

"I don't know. I wonder about the hill out there. Just saying," Luhnow wrote.

He quickly backtracked: "And just my opinion, so don't start any rumors.(Levine/Campbell/McTaggart I know you guys read this stuff so stand down.)"

He was referring to the main Astros beat writers in town, which doesn't include us, so we will start the rumor: Jim Crane and Jeff Luhnow, in yet another move to distance themselves from the bad decisions and policies of the old Astros, will get rid of Tal's Hill.

In its place they will put a Texas-shaped hot tub, a buckin'-bronco ride and a mock-up of Apollo 11's LM Eagle with Neil Armstrong stepping out of it behind a corral fence.

Any balls landing in the hot tub will be doubles; any ball that hits the Armstrong model is a homer.

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Minute Maid Park

501 Crawford, Houston, TX

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I say get rid of the hill.

Mike Honcho
Mike Honcho

Save the hill...lose the guys in neon stretchy bodysuits.


Sounds lika a publicity stunt. Just like changing the name of the team was . Pretty smart I have to say! Keeps the Astros in the news.

big red
big red

Tal's hill was his tribute to the hill that was in the outfield at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. It was the stadium that was used prior to the construction of Riverfront Stadium, the multi-purpose field that has since been replaced itself.

Nice for the hardcore baseball fans that like that kind of stuff, but totally stupid in today's game, especially for a team that is only fifty years old. Clear it out, and reshape the field.


I vote for a giant fish tank or we can get Tillman Fertitta to put his Aquarium White Tiger exhibit out there! 

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