According to the New York Times, a firm called Natural Sand Company filled the Port St. Lucie infield with loads of dark, brown clay from its mine in central Pennsylvania in February.
"It's pretty sweet," says Jose Reyes, "It's exactly like Citifield, and thats the best infield in the majors, without a doubt."
Mets coaches want players to train on the same playing surface they will play in during the regular season starting in April. The idea was proposed by Chip Hale, the Mets third base coach (and former managerial candidate.) "It seemed like a no-brainer to me," Hale said. "Why not make it as close to New York as possible?"
David Wright hopes it will help him prepare for the move to New York later this month saying "it makes it a lot easier when you go up north and it's the same surface you've been practicing on for six weeks."
Mets and the county of Port St. Lucie will split the $15,000 cost.