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Braves deny watering down field

Posted on: June 15, 2011 8:37 pm
Turner Field

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Mother Nature sometimes has a wonderful sense of humor.

The Mets complained to Major League Baseball following Tuesday's game in Atlanta about the field being too wet and manager Terry Collins insinuated the field was watered down to help slow the Mets and Jose Reyes, who slipped three times on the field in Tuesday's 4-3 New York victory.

The response came not from Bud, but from above, as rain has delayed the start of Wednesday's game. The game began at 8:30 p.m., an hour and 20 minutes after the original scheduled start time.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez denied the Braves watered down the field.

"Absolutely not. There's a whole infield. Usually if you're going to do that, you'll do it right there at first base," Gonzalez told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "There was absolutely no gamesmanship being played."

Reyes still had two stolen bases on the night despite the dirt, but Collins still believed the Braves were trying to slow down his team.

"You alter the field according to your team," Collins told the New York Times. "These guys do not steal bases. They are not a big base-stealing team, [Jordan] Schafer is about the only guy. They are a fly-ball-hitting team, not a ground-ball-hitting team, so the field was overly wet. I don't know what to say except, I'd like to move the fences in when we play against [Mike] Stanton. You can't."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:33 pm

Braves deny watering down field

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Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2011 10:09 am

Braves deny watering down field

;    I am a Braves fan, and can understand Collins' reasoning as we don't steal bases and the Mets had stolen 22 bases in the last 18 games. However, why would we purposely make conditions worse especially infield conditions when we have a sinker ball pitcher like Tim Hudson on the mound. Also, if we really wanted to water down the field to the level that our staff is being accused of. The game wouldn't have even been able to be finished last night. I mean I know when teams come to Turner Field they expect it to be a hot 98 degree humidly hot dry desert type temperature with no rain in sight, but rain does happen. Also, if our crew did water down the field and one of our players or one of the Mets players got seriously injured from it. There would be an obscene lawsuit against the field caretakers and our field caretakers would not risk losing their livelyhood over such a thing. I mean this whole thing is about as crazy as us compaining about the wind assisting Angel Pagan's home run and complaining to Major League Baseball that the wind assisted his home run.

Since: Jan 9, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2011 9:54 am

Braves deny watering down field

That is what the tarp is for..... don't act like it has never been done. Their manager said it himself... "usually if you do that you would only do it at 1st base" which means it's been done before. It doesn't even it out if one of the teams is known for speed. I played Minor league ball and these things went on all the time.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2011 8:51 am

Braves deny watering down field

hahaha I find this article funny, did it rain? I thought Hotlanta was getting rain recently. Mets suck come on why accuse with no proof? That is kind of petty, but if its true its even more funny they got away with it and Mets whined. Still it is not fair but since I hate both of these rival teams I find it even funnier.  I never thought that soaking the field would cause an advantage for one. With a soaked field doesnt that make both teams prone to errors and injuries? I dont see atlanta intentionally wetting a field and risking injury, especially saince they are a contender for the playoffs.

Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 8:59 pm

Braves deny watering down field

Collins do you have any proof of them doctoring the field to give themselfs some kind of advantage or slow you down?I feel this is a little over the top.Has it not been raining on and off for a few weeks there now?

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