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Twins to remove CF trees

Posted on: January 28, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 9:24 pm
Another attempt to do something different with the batter's eye will bite the dust, as the Twins announced they will remove 14 trees from behind the center field wall at Target Field prior to next season.

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

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Category: MLB
Tags: Twins

Since: Mar 28, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2011 10:03 pm

Twins to remove CF trees

u r the reaon for my pen name

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2011 3:03 pm

Twins to remove CF trees

Yank the trees?  Yankee the trees?  NY Yankee the trees?  Hey, don't blame everything on they Yankees!

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2011 1:55 pm

Twins to remove CF trees

I would plant more for the overpaid bastards!

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2011 11:24 am

Twins to remove CF trees

its too bad to see these trees come down but i guess players rights and beliefs are strong.  i had an educated tour of the new target field and i know the trees were meant to be there for years and obviously grow into a batters eye themselves.  The best field in america will find a good replacement for them and for the trees, they look like they wouldve been nice cut down in my living room about a month ago.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:19 pm

Twins to remove CF trees

I think if teams want to dress up the "batter's eye", they should just do what the Phillies did in their ballpark.  Plant some ivy at the base of the wall, and let it go.  Slowly, that ivy has grown to top of the wall in some spots, and I wouldn't be surprised if it completely covers it in a year or two.

Here's a look at the batter's eye shortly after the stadium was built and opened in 2004.

Here's a look at it now (early 2010)

And no complaints from the players that I've ever heard.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 6:13 pm

Twins to remove CF trees

Did the Bear come with the trees

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 4:32 pm

Twins to remove CF trees

I'll take them, they would look good in my yards

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