Not surprising to me. Getting him a rest and keeping him off the turf isn't such a bad thing with him nursing that leg injury.Rudy Pemberton said:Surprised to see Papi sitting, good career #s against Dickey. Hope it's not health related. AJP at DH and batting cleanup is pretty awesome.
Rudy Pemberton said:Surprised to see Papi sitting, good career #s against Dickey. Hope it's not health related. AJP at DH and batting cleanup is pretty awesome.
RedOctober3829 said:Not surprising to me. Getting him a rest and keeping him off the turf isn't such a bad thing with him nursing that leg injury.
You may notice a slightly more charcoal hue to the artificial turf and a few sharper bounces in the outfield at the Rogers Centre this season.
But what’s darker on the eyes is actually softer on the knees. The darker shade and livelier playing surface are the result of changes made by the Rogers Centre’s grounds crew to extend the turf’s lifespan.
Underneath the polypropylene blades of “grass” — think garbage-bag material — is an infill of black rubber beads, which are about the size of coarse coffee grounds.
Previously, that infill was a combination of sand and rubber, which, in the four years that the current turf has been in place, had grown hard and compact from the compression that occurs whenever the turf is rolled up and not in use. The sand particles had settled at the bottom, while the rubber bits deteriorated to the size of pepper grains.
“It created a very hard field,” said Kelly Keyes, vice-president of building services for the Blue Jays.
By the end of last season, Keyes and her crew knew they needed to make a change.
So this off-season the grounds crew, led by Keyes and head groundskeeper Tom Farrell, painstakingly tamped out all of the turf’s old infill and replaced it with a fresh all-rubber infill, doing away with the sand mixture. Hence the black streaks and puffs of what look like little black clouds when an outfielder dives on the turf or a ball skips hard on the surface.
Infielder Maicer Izturis said he noticed the difference right away.
“Absolutely, it’s a little softer this year,” he said earlier this month, before suffering a knee injury in Baltimore. “But the ball jumps a little bit more, too.”