Houston Astros to postpone center field renovations for 2016

Tal's Hill will live for another year.
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The Houston Astros’ planned renovations for center field at Minute Maid Park have been postponed, the team announced on Thursday.

Tal’s Hill, the inclined grassy area in center field, will remain in place for the 2016 season.

“Through the bidding process, we determined that the construction timelines to have the ballpark ready for Opening Day 2016 became too risky, and we decided it was in everyone’s best interest to postpone the renovation,” Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan said in a statement. “The playing field, including Tal's Hill, will stay the same for the 2016 season. Other potential renovations to the ballpark are being evaluated, and we will announce future plans in the coming months.”

The Astros were eliminated from the playoffs in the American League Division Series on Wednesday with a Game 5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. The team made its first playoff appearance since reaching the World Series in 2005.

Minute Maid Park will host a match for the Cricket All-Star Series on Nov. 11.

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