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Remember when it was a death-trap on the verge of collapse? Or something."The Republic writes this morning: “Reports show the team spent about $150 Anthony Rendon Jersey ,000 from May 10 to Dec. 31 last year to fix freight elevators and purchase back-up lighting supplies.” This is quite the contrast to the position expressed by the team previously, when it was claiming millions of dollars were needed in urgent or imminent fixes. In June 2016, the team said they “have identified several projects that are necessary over the next five years.” According to the D-backs, this winter was supposed to require “structural repairs, suite renovations, new paint, and upgrades to elevators and the HVAC system,” at a total estimated cost of nearly $8 million, fifty times what was actually spent by them through the end of 2018.This is not a great look for the Diamondbacks. Even though the stadium is hardly ancient, barely two decades old, there did appear to be increasing signs of problems. In just one month last season (June), for example, there were multiple failures in the infrastructure reported. A section of piping burst over right field, during a game against the Marlins causing fans below to be moved out. Later that month, another pipe gave way on the press level Daniel Murphy Jersey , “leading to ankle-level flooding in an air conditioning control room .” The following day, “engineers discovered several leaks in the stadium’s cooling and air conditioning system. At least one of the broken pipes was near Friday’s Front Row restaurant in left field.” All this apparently gave credence to the team’s argument that the park was in need of urgent repairs. So, I find it rather disconcerting to discover that in the first three months of the off-season, not much significant work was carried out - and what little was done, was on freight elevators and emergency lighting. According to a statement from the team, “It is now our responsibility to better prioritize how and when we take on each while trying to preserve the venue as best we can. Naturally, the safety and security of our fans moves items to the top of our priority list.” Quite how freight elevators are integral to our “safety and security” is not immediately clear to me. Hall told Arizona Sports, “Let’s prioritize and make sure the money is there, we continue to increase that fund. So that in the case of an emergency - hopefully not catastrophic - we do have the money to address those issues. We’re prioritizing, we’re being smart. That’s the smart, responsible way to go about this.” To some extent, that makes sense: in the event of something big happening, the team needs to be able to fix it. But not so long ago, the team said Chase Field “needs $185 million in upkeep to prevent it from being unsafe and unfit and bring it up to Major League Baseball standards,” and used that as a key argument in their successful argument to take over management of the facility. The figures released today appear to indicate the team has spent less than 0.1% of that amount on the park this winter. Now , it isn’t all that has been paid out. Over the 2017-18 off-season, the Maricopa County Stadium District agreed to a contract worth $3.75 million, to cover steel and concrete repairs. Still, the optics are not great: it’s hard not to conclude, on the data so far, that the team was misleading about the urgency of the repairs they listed as needed. Now they’ve achieved their goal, and taken greater control of the income streams, the cynic in me feels that “essential” maintenance has now become, to quote Hall, “Let’s prioritize and make sure the money is there.”There is still time: the figures only go up to the end of December, meaning any work scheduled to be carried out in the first quarter of 2019, or between now and Opening Day will not be reflected in those numbers. It will be interesting to see what more is done. It might, based on some early observations"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Diamondbacks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang FoodIs the new B1K turf being installed at Chase field going to “splash”? New,14commentsIt might, based on some early observationsESTShareTweetShareShareIs the new B1K turf being installed at Chase field going to “splash”? When it was announced herethat the Diamondbacks would be installing a new turf field at Chase Field Max Scherzer Jersey ,we were largely in the dark as to how it might actually look, feel, and play.After all it is a brand new surface, not yet installed in any MLB park.As reported by Zach Buchanan, the team did send some front office personnel to Auburn University where the turf had been installed, and also sent some players from Visalia to a park in California where the surface had been installed to field some ground balls. In the official release linked above, it states:On this past Wednesday I went out to Salt River Fields with the express intent to see players taking groundballs off the new surface. Unfortunately the infielders did not practice on the new surface. I wondered why. so went to go look for the surface, and I almost missed it. As I was walking by it I saw a field that had a lot of reddish brown dirt spots surrounding the center of the infield, all around the pitching mound. It’s hard to see it from the picture above. But at first glance it gave the appearance of a worn field.However I quickly realized this was indeed the new surface, as the tell tale seams are pretty clearly seen as well.As I walked onto the field, I began chatting with one of the security guys about the new surface. The very first thing he told me was he saw players taking groundballs off it and“The field splashes when the ball bounces”. At first I was thinking of a splash like you see on most turf fields with the black rubber bouncing up. But he said , no it looked like sand. So I went onto the field and picked out some of the infill to see what it looked like:Well that explains the reddish brown “staining” I saw surrounding the pitchers mound.The stuff is actually kind of crunchy in texture. As I said, I did not get to see the players taking groundballs myself and did not witness the alleged splashing.Nick Piecoro reported last night some feedback from the players and the only thing that was mentioned was that the field seems to play slower and less bouncy. That is somewhat expected.Chase field was always known as a hard and fast surface. This could result in fewer hits and slightly lower BABIP/Batting Avg. But no mention of the splashing in his article.If there is indeed significant splashing though, I have to think that could be a factor for the players to get used to. Might it turn into a home field advantage? That’s impossible to tell of course.But it was somewhat startling to me for the very first feedback I got on the surface was that it was splashing. Because it’s not supposed to. We’re probably not going to get a chance to see players on the new surface until the March 25th-26th exhibition games against the White Sox.So we’ll just have to wait and see if this is actually the case.

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