Tal’s Hill has been a staple of the Houston Astros’ Minute Maid Park since it first opened in 2000. It was announced last year that after the 2016 season, Tal’s Hill would be removed in order to build some standing room sections and a new restaurant. With the death of Tal’s Hill, baseball has lost one of the last unique ballpark features.
Some new Tal’s Hill renovation pictures have been rolling in during the past few weeks, as Opening Day creeps closer and closer. Like the Green Monster and Pesky Pole in Fenway, the ivy at Wrigley, and the brick right field wall in AT&T Park, baseball has a few features that make the different parks unique. Tal’s Hill was perhaps the most unique and fun part of any Major League stadium. Every field is going to have three bases, a plate, and a mound, but their wall dimensions are all different.
For Minute Maid Park, 435 feet to center field was the deepest in the major leagues. It also was the only field with a flagpole in play, and not a flat surface in the outfield. Tal’s Hill turned big-league players into little kids when they attempted to make a catch, and each time it was more and more entertaining.
Tal’s Hill will forever hold a special place in the hearts of many baseball fans, especially the ones in Houston. It is unfortunate that the Astros felt the need to remove one of baseball’s coolest spectacles. Thanks for the memories Tal’s Hill.