The era of the sliding pit is officially over. The Toronto Blue Jays, the last team in baseball to feature an artificial infield with dirt sliding pits around each base, have announced that they will install a real dirt infield before next season.
This is good news for everyone, as nobody likes running the bases on rock-hard artificial turf. It’s particularly good news for Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who has already been bothered by hip problems and is only going to get creakier.
The center of the infield will still be made of the same turf it was last year, which means the Jays are still in line to catch shit from teams that think the ball does weird things on the fake grass. Maybe they’ll get real grass some day, but a little dirt is a step in the right direction.