The Rays are getting new fake grass

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A wise man once said this of artificial turf: “if a horse can’t eat it, I don’t want to play on it.”

We as fans don’t have to play on turf, but we do watch games played on it, and it’s kind of a drag. Really, if I have a choice of games I’ll almost never watch a home Rays or Blue Jays game due to the turf. Not for philosophical reasons either. I mean, I don’t like turf, but I don’t turn the channel based on principle. It’s merely an aesthetic concern. Baseball doesn’t look right on the stuff, and it distracts me.

Which is why I’m interested in the announcement today that the Rays are getting new turf in Tropicana Field.  It’s an AstroTurf brand surface, replacing the Field Turf they’ve had for several years.  Among the tidbits in the press release is that “light is properly reflected, resulting in better looking field, both live an on film.”

So I guess I’ll probably watch some of the Rays-Orioles series that opens the season, if for no other reason than to see if the field looks better.

Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee

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The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.

The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.