Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 8/21/12
It is a shame that the long histories of St. Louis and Houston baseball will diverge even further when the Astros are moved to the American League West starting next season. Though the current Houston club is one of their worst ever, the city has a proud history, including a long stint hosting Cardinals farm teams. That doesn’t mean I like everything about Houston baseball. Their playing facility, Minute Maid Park, is one aspect I will not miss in the least. Rather than being quirky, it seems overly contrived. Here are some of the reasons why. The Crawford Boxes in left field provide one of the shortest porches in the game and therefore allow some of the cheapest home runs anywhere in baseball. They are only 315 feet away from home plate down the line to hit a home run, with a 19 foot tall wall. As a result, the bullpens are indoors – even when the roof is open! The Home Run Porch is located on a concourse in left-center field that actually juts over the playing field in fair territory.
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