Turf Me Out to the Ball Game


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“I don’t know. I’ve never smoked the stuff”. – Tug McGraw, on artificial grass.

astroturf1Just before the baseball season began, I happened across an interview with Paul Beeston on TV. One of the topics, which has been discussed for a couple of years now,  was replacing the artificial turf in the Rogers Centre with real grass which, Beeston assured us, was contemplated “for either the 2015 or 2016 season”.

I reflected on this a little bit, and realized that the SkyDome (as it was called when it was built) and the Florida Suncoast Dome (as it was called when it was built) are the only two Major League ballparks that still have an artifical playing surface. Of course, the FSD is now better known as Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays.

This is particularly amazing when you consider that every single Major League ballpark built between 1970 and 1991 was…

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