Evan Longoria has signed on to be a spokesperson for FieldTurf…
FieldTurf and Tampa Bay Rays All-Star third-baseman Evan Longoria have signed a partnership agreement. The Tampa Bay Rays currently play on FieldTurf at Tropicana Field and initially began play on the world’s most trusted brand of artificial turf in 2000…As part of the partnership between FieldTurf and Longoria, the 2009 Gold Glove Award Winner will be the official “face” of FieldTurf’s baseball division. Presently, there are over 350 FieldTurf baseball fields, and that number is growing at a rapid pace – largely because of the consistent ball bounce and performance properties associated with the patented FieldTurf system.
But this endorsement deal has a twist. You see, this could be the last year the Rays play on FieldTurf.
As we reported last month, AstroTurf is now the official turf of Major League Baseball and the Rays are currently in negotiations that could lead to the team switching to AstroTurf in 2011.
So, can the Rays still switch to AstroTurf if the “face” of their franchise is also the “face” of FieldTurf? We have to believe that this partnership with Longoria was made at least in part as an effort to keep FieldTurf in The Trop and in the major leagues.
Here is an article describing the new AstroTurf at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, the only other big league park using turf.