Players complained that the trees intrefered with their depth perception and made it difficult to pick up the movement of the ball -- particularly when the trees were moving in the wind. Or perhaps Denard Span is afraid of bears.
Players expressed some concern about the trees prior to the season, but they survived the year. "We'll see what happens," manager Ron Gardenhire said prior to the season. "We've got chainsaws, plenty of chainsaws. If we don't like it, we just whack them. We'll come here late night and whack them. People will say, 'Who did that?'"
The batter's eye is an oddity in ballparks --a big, blank slate. Every time a team tries to dress it up (the Mariners similarly tried trees at Safeco Field), players complain.
The Twins aren't sure what they'll do with the trees, but said relocating them within the ballpark is a possibility.
-- David Andriesen