One of the saddest things in baseball seems to be the decline of artificial turf. We've had the original makers of AstroTurf go out of business. Now, only a few major-league stadiums even use it, and hardly any minor-league stadiums.
Never mind that theball moves faster and bounces higher - adding more offense to the game. Baseball does not seem to appreciate what artificial turf has done. Instead, purists have gone after it with a venegance second only to the vitriol unfairly directed at the designated hitter, which is arguably the best thing to happen to baseball since 1965 (artificial turf comes in a very respectable second).