Don’t dive for that ball: The Triple-A game that was played on concrete

Portland Beavers outfielders didn’t want to dive on opening day in 1969.

The Beavers, then the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate, played at Civic Stadium in downtown Portland, Ore. Their ballpark gained national headlines that winter from a significant field announcement.

“The city council yesterday voted unanimously to carpet Portland’s city-owned Civic Stadium with artificial turf,” the Arizona Republic reported. “Councilmen said they hoped the turf would be ready for the opening of the baseball season this spring.”

As a native of Japan, Darvish was required by age 22 to renounce his Iranian citizenship to remain a citizen of Japan, which he did.

According to The Morning News, Darvish currently is in the U.S. and it would appear (key word there, given the early lack of clarity on the order) he wouldn’t be directly affected. Under current interpretations of the order, he might only be affected if he left the United States, in which case he might not be allowed back into the country.

The Rangers play May 26-28 in Toronto. Rangers officials told The Morning News that they intend to double-check to make sure that Darvish isn’t directly affected.

However, because the Rangers pitcher’s Cheap Jerseys Made In USA father, Farsad Darvish, is a native of Iran, he would be banned from traveling to the U.S. for at least 90 days.

Reached this weekend by The Morning News, Yu Darvish wasn’t sure if his father planned to visit in the near future, but he occasionally has come to the U.S. to see his son pitch since he signed with Rangers in 2012.

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