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The Orioles considered boycotting Tuesday night’s game over the Rogers Centre turf

Rogers Centre

We’ve observed before that the new turf in Rogers’ Centre is slow and several players who have played on it so far this year have complained about it being too cushy and thick and slow. But those all seemed like mild complaints of the “eh, what can you do?” variety. After all, both teams have to play on it.

But the Orioles were a bit more displeased than all of that. From Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun:

Not an excuse for sweep, but #Orioles left #Toronto thinking new Rogers Centre turf is major problem. Too spongy, slow & lots of untrue hops

— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) April 24, 2015

In fact, there was consideration by #Orioles of not playing Tues night, especially after Paredes was hurt on bad hop. O’s have contacted MLB

— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) April 24, 2015

The turf is definitely different than anything we’ve seen. And experts say that it will start to play more normally and more true after it has settled in. But for now, look for this to be an issue for teams. Be it an actual one they talk about or, at the very least, something that gets in their heads.