Is it a New Hampshire dick-slap of cockiness on the part of the group trying to bring Jays-affiliated Eastern League baseball to Ottawa, or another where there’s smoke there’s fire sign that maybe something is going on with the Jays and the nation’s capital? I have no idea, but apparently Beacon Sports, the Boston company who are trying to bring double-A baseball to the city, says that Ottawa’s refurbished stadium will have an artificial turf playing surface.
According to Ken Gray of the Ottawa Citizen, the company’s chief financial officer, Gerald Sheehan, tells him that the call on what surface a minor league stadium uses belongs to the affiliate’s Major League parent, and that teams generally want their prospects playing on the same kind of surface as the big club.
And as we all are too painfully aware of, the Jays are one of just two MLB teams still playing on shit-ass looking turf.
Interesting. Though you kinda get the sense that this is just desperation from the Ottawa group, going all-in to woo the lone MLB affiliation they know can make their venture a success.
On the other hand, while MLB rules prohibit clubs from approaching another team’s affiliate while their player development contract is in effect, but maybe the Jays are within their right to speak to Beacon, while the group works to get their hands on an Eastern League team– supposedly the Binghamton Mets– to move. I have no idea. But there sure is a lot of smoke…