Yesterday, AstroTurf and the Rays announced that Tropicana Field would be outfitted with AstroTurf for the 2011 season. Of course, we knew this last April when AstroTurf became the official turf of Major League Baseball. And it was confirmed by Marc Topkin (link?) earlier this off-season.
The picture at right is of Tropicana Field yesterday morning and you can see that the renovations are already underway.
The new turf shouldn’t get that shiny, “dead” look that FieldTurf would have. However, if this turf is similar to the AstroTurf installed at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, it will be very bouncy.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Here are the start times for the Rays Saturday games this season. [Rays Report]
- According to Buster Olney, some “rival evaluators” are beginning to wonder if Desmond Jennings will ever reach the potential he showed a couple of years ago. [ESPN]
- Joe Sheehan of SI.com says the Rays can still compete in the AL East. [SI.com]
- Well it looks like any money the Rays could have picked out of the pockets from Hillborough County will go to the Lightning for renovations to the Forum. [Shadow of the Stadium]