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Report: Rangers Choose Synthetic Turf For New Ballpark

January 31, 2019 - 10:53 am

ARLINGTON (105.3 THE FAN) - When the Texas Rangers move into their new enclosed ballpark in 2020, they will be playing on artificial turf instead of real grass, according to reports.   

Sources say that the Rangers will be playing on synthetic grass playing surface when they relocate to the new Globe Life Field. 

The new playing surface will be a product of Shaw Sports Turf, a Calhoun, Georgia company.

The choice to go with Shaw Sports Turf is rooted in data, and supported by extensive research as it relates to player safety, according to the Rangers. 

“From our first visit with the staff at Shaw Sports Turf, we were clear that a synthetic grass surface for Globe Life Field would only be a consideration if it could deliver the best surface in Major League Baseball and address the concerns we had related to impact on the players,” said Rob Matwick, Rangers Executive Vice President of Business Operations. “Months of detailed research that included extensive input from our Baseball Operations group from both a health and performance aspect have resulted in this decision. 

“During 37 years in professional baseball, my emphasis has been on player safety and the prevention of injuries,” said Jamie Reed, the Rangers’ Senior Director of Medical Operations and Sports Science.    

"As we did the research and studies on determining our new field surface, these goals have been the main priority from the start. I am very confident that this is going to be a great product that no player has ever experienced in his career.” 

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