Can The Blue Jays At Least Have A Dirt Infield Like The Rays?

by Brandon Jopko | Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013
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Last week, it was announced that the Toronto Blue Jays intend to have a grass field at the Rogers Centre no later than 2018, however I’m wondering if there’s any chance something else can be done more immediately. Currently they’re one of two teams, the other being the Tampa Bay Rays, which still have artificial turf in MLB, however, the Rays have a dirt infield to go along with their turf as you can see in the photo above. So wouldn’t it make sense for the Blue Jays to follow suite and have that dirt installed at Rogers Centre for 2014?

Just think of the implications for next year; one being Jose Reyes and his long term health, two being Melky Cabrera when he’s running the bases, and three being Maicer Izturis who had a hard time adjusting to the turf when it came to fielding his position.

Despite what Reyes says, who claims he’s all healed now from his ankle injury, playing on dirt for his shortstop position will benefit his legs greatly now and in the future. Reyes recently stated,

[quote]“That would be better for everybody. There’s probably players who don’t want to come here (because of the turf). It’s tough to play here on that turf every day. It’s a little different (on the injured ankle) when I play here than when I play on regular grass.”[/quote]

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that real grass or at least a dirt cut-out in the infield would play a key role in preventing certain injuries like spikes being caught, it’ll also be less troublesome on players ankles and knees due to the give that grass and dirt naturally has.

rogers centre turf

Besides, the Blue Jays ground crew is known as the fastest in the world – and really, let’s admit that that’s simply due to the fact that they have nothing to do!! Literally, they only have three dirt cut-outs for the bases, a mound, and the home plate area. Make ‘em work and earn their money, and while Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications is at it, they should hire a head grounds keeper that knows how to maintain a whole dirt infield.

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Brandon Jopko
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Senior Writer for Baseball Hot Corner and die-hard Blue Jays fan longing for another chance to experience his team in playoff glory. You can visit his blog at or follow him on Twitter @pumpedupjays

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