Billy Hamilton cautions Braves about ‘bouncy’ outfield turf in Toronto

Billy Hamilton of the Cincinnati Reds makes a sliding catch against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 31, 2017 in Toronto. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Billy Hamilton of the Cincinnati Reds makes a sliding catch against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 31, 2017 in Toronto. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Credit: Tom Szczerbowski

Credit: Tom Szczerbowski

Back for his second series in Toronto this season, Braves outfielder Billy Hamilton said before the game that the turf at Toronto’s Rogers Centre needs to be handled with care.

The 28-year-old, recently claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals, played a four-game set here at the tail end of June and early July, and added that the turf at Rogers Centre, one of only two major-league stadiums using the artificial surface this season, has the ability to embarrass outfielders.

“You’ve got to be careful with the turf here because it’s one of the ones that is very bouncy. Different turf fields are not bouncy like this one, but this one is really bouncy,” he said.

“You can’t be as aggressive as you always like to be outside. … In this big park, if the ball bounces over your head, it’s probably an inside-the-park homer, so you’ve got to be cautious out here.”