The Blue Jays got new artificial turf at Rogers Centre this past offseason. It’s the same stuff they had before, just new. But in the early going it is playing slllllloooooooooooow. Brendan Kennedy of The Star spoke to Jose Bautista about it:
“It’s weird, but we’re going to have to adjust,” he said. “It’s definitely a lot slower than it was in the past and a lot slower than any other artificial turf I’ve ever laid my feet on.”
Kennedy’s story presents the tradeoffs — it may play slow and thus cut down on some singles getting through, but it’s softer and easier on everyone’s body. He also notes, however, that the effects may be temporary and that the turf should settle in and harden up some after it’s been used and rolled up and unrolled a few times.
All of which just reminds us that artificial turf is dumb for baseball and that we will be ever-so-thankful when the Jays get natural grass in 2018 and the Rays, eventually, find a ballpark that isn’t a dump.
Angels star outfielder Mike Trout is done for the year, per a team press release. He’ll undergo surgery to remove the Morton’s neuroma in his right foot sometime over the next week, which will likely require a recovery period that stretches beyond the two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Trout, 28, has been day-to-day with a foot injury since the first week of September. On Monday, he underwent a cryoablation procedure to treat the neuroma on his right foot, but evidently requires further treatment to resolve the issue completely. Per manager Brad Ausmus, Trout ‘tested his foot by running’ on Sunday and found he was still experiencing too much pain to play, prompting his decision to undergo season-ending surgery.
This figures to be the first major setback Trout has seen since his thumb surgery in 2017, but there’s no reason to believe his current ailment will have any substantial effect on his 2020 season. Still, it’s an unfortunate end to another monster campaign by the eight-time All-Star and AL MVP contender, who will finish his 2019 season batting .291/.438/.645 with an AL-best 45 home runs, .1083 OPS, and league-leading 8.6 fWAR.