I know there has been some concern among some MSU fans about the color contrast of the artificial surface base paths compared to the current infield.
MSU, along with a lot of baseball teams (high school, college and pro [all the MLB teams started using it 20 to 25 years ago]), are using a clay material called Turface as the cover for the sand and dirt used on their infields. MSU, which has been using it for years, is currently using a lighter color Turface to cover the infield. They will be going to a more brown color, very similar to what the new artificial surface base paths look like.
BTW, Coach Cohen showed me a picture of the new Turface that MSU is going to be using next season. I actually thought it was a picture of the new base path infield initially because it was so similar to that color.
Turface is used for several reasons. According to the Turface website, Turface "maintains a smooth, cushioned, playable surface for superior traction and player safety, absorbs excess moisture and improve drainage as a result of balanced air and water pore space, fights infield compaction that leads to running, sliding and bad ball hop injuries (and is) ideal for new infield construction or renovation."
Mississippi State baseball infield's new foul area artificial surface
Mississippi State baseball's new foul area surface
Mississippi State Baseball
1 of 4 photos
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.