MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of Target Field’s trademarks is coming down.

The Minnesota Twins will take down the pine trees behind center field wall. Hitters complained the trees made it difficult for them to pick up the ball out of the pitcher’s hand.

The 14 trees swaying in the wind, and the shadows they cast, led several hitters from the Twins and other teams to voice their displeasure.

Twins President Dave St. Peter says the team is still trying to determine what to do with the trees. Relocating them inside the ballpark is a possibility. The team will also install a material on the batter’s eye that cuts down the glare during afternoon games.

The Twins also announced they will unveil a bronze statue of Tony Oliva at Target Field on opening day.

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Comments (8)
  1. Rick says:

    What’s the big deal? Conditions are the same for visiting and home teams.

    The Twins should stick with their agenda to have one of the Greenest athletic facilities in America. Don’t cave in to the cry-babies!

    1. StraycatStrut says:

      What about Christmas when the lites and decorations come out?

  2. steve W. says:

    Twins players also were complaining they have to play 81 games there, the w sox have to play 9 only so yes it is a disadvantage.

  3. BKinMN says:

    Please…..cry-babies?? If you have an issue at work, wouldn’t you ask to have it fixed? The story also talked about possibly transplanting the tress throughout the ballpark. Sounds like the Twins are sticking to their agenda for having the greenest sports stadium in the country, for baseball. Give it a rest richard.

  4. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

    If it could add another 25 runs over the season, get rid of them. It’s a baseball stadium Rick. You want trees? Go for a walk in the woods.

  5. Puzzled says:

    “install a material on the batter’s eye”?

    1. DJ says:

      It’s the area of the wall directly behind the pitcher where the batter picks the ball up out of the pitcher’s hand. The metrodome was known to have one of the best hitter’s eyes (Joe Mauer thought so)

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