The Astros have announced plans for a proposed renovation of center field at Minute Maid Park that would remove Tal's Hill and shorten the distance in center field from 436 feet to 409 feet.
Houston's center field is currently the deepest in the majors, and the $15 million renovation would make it the sixth-deepest in the league.
Tal's Hill, a tribute to Cincinnati's Crosley Field and other old ballparks, is named after former longtime team executive Tal Smith. Removing it and bringing in the fences in center field allows the Astros to add three new bars, four food locations and the first field-level seating area at Minute Maid Park.
The renovations will begin at the end of this season and are to be completed by the start of next season.
Mattingly, Price, Hinch, McClendon will be All-Star coaches
The Dodgers' Don Mattingly and Cincinnati's Bryan Price have been picked as All-Star coaches by NL manager Bruce Bochy of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Houston's A.J. Hinch and Seattle's Lloyd McClendon were selected for the July 14 game in Cincinnati by AL manager Ned Yost of Kansas City, Major League Baseball said Thursday.
Giants visit Obama
For the third time in five years, the San Francisco Giants made the traditional trip to the White House so the president could honor the World Series victors. With Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Monte Irvin at his side, President Barack Obama congratulated the team and highlighted Madison Bumgarner's postseason performance. Bumgarner was the most valuable player in both the National League Championship Series and the World Series.