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Friday, February 01, 2019

Rangers’ new stadium will have synthetic turf, not grass

ARLINGTON, Texas—The Texas Rangers will use specially designed synthetic playing surface rather than grass in their new retractable-roof stadium that opens in 2020.

Texas’ decision will make it the fourth of the 30 major league teams to use artificial turf. Toronto’s Rogers Centre and Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field have had artificial turf since they opened, and Arizona’s Chase Field is switching from grass to turf this season.

MLB has a high of 10 artificial surfaces, in 1977-78 and again from 1982-94.

Somewhere, Tug McGraw is deeply disappointed.

 

QLE Posted: February 01, 2019 at 04:32 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, stadium issues, turf

Friday, September 21, 2018

Alex Cora Laments Demolition of Caguas Criollos P.R. Stadium Post-Maria

Solá Morales, home for nearly seven decades to the Criollos—one of Puerto Rico’s most storied winter league franchise that rostered more than a dozen MLB Hall of Famers—was among the island’s most damaged sports facilities in the wake of devastating Hurricane Maria, to the point where government officials deemed the stadium unusable. The venue turns 70 on Nov. 7. But celebrations and baseball games will instead give way to padlocks and rubble, as dozens of trucks employed by a company have been taking over the site and working to re-establish power lines to affected areas.

Caguas mayor William Miranda Torres announced a few weeks ago that because of the high cost of repairs, the damaged stadium will instead be demolished to make room for housing and commercial developments. A new, smaller stadium will be built on the city’s east side to house the Criollos.

Bote Man Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, hurricanes, puerto rico, stadium issues

 

 

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