January 2006

La serie mundial de Carribean 2006 Estadios!


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In a few days the best talent playing in the Caribbean Winter League  will begin competition at Valencia and Maracay, Venezuela for the  championship title.  The two ballparks in these cities have a lot of charm and excitement that will seat 18000 +people in Valencia to 12000 in Maracay. 

The Stadium in Valencia  has made numerous improvements for this exciting event including new bullpens, renovated locker rooms, new warning tracks, new padding and a back stop.  The ground crew of this field is one of the best led by Ceasar Campos.  Campos worked with our MLB grounds staff at the 2002 MLB Exhibition Series between the Houston Astros and the Cleveland Indians.  He and his son are a tag team combo and they work tirelessly on the field to make it the best it can be.  Valencia_vz

The stadium is nestled in the downtown area of Valencia with Great hotels and night life.  It would probably be better to fly into Caracas and drive to Valencia… And what a drive you will have  …Think of the most beautiful country side you have ever seen and multiply that by 10!  The taxi will run you about 50,000 Bolivar to get there from Caracas …which is about 30 bucks!

The 2002 MLB Exhibition Series was a great event and this years series has all the glitz to make it even better. I would say that the people that attend these games are probably the most electrifying crowds you will ever see.  There is no doubt they love the game of baseball with a passion and the people that work at the parks are equally passionate about what they do to please the fans.

The stadium in Maracay which is about an hour from Valencia where some of the early round games will be played is also a nice park.  It is smaller and has also been upgraded for the event.  Venezula_raking_grass

With all of these stadium improvements to the field and facility, It still amazes me as to how they accomplish so much, with so little in these countries as it relates to the U.S. scale of field maintenance  They do literally everything by hand.  The field is cut with a typical residential riding lawn mower then hand raked. 

To get the stripping effects on the grass, they use an old national reel mower to "roll in the stripes" because the blades on this unit are long gone.  Bottom line is they …make it work.

Maracay I am sure there are still a couple tickets available for the right price and obviously the weather can not be beat!  Buenos Nochis! 

Now for my friends in Venezuela!

En unos pocos días que el mejor talento que juega en la Liga caribe de Invierno empezará la competencia en Valencia y Maracay, Venezuela para el título del campeonato. Los dos terrenos en estas ciudades tienen mucho encanto y el entusiasmo que sentarán 18000 + personas en Valencia a 12000 en Maracay.

El Estadio en Valencia ha hecho numerosas mejoras para este acontecimiento emocionante inclusive bull pens nuevos, restauraron los vestuarios, los vestigios nuevos de la advertencia, acolchar nuevo y una parada de espalda. El personal de tierra de este campo es uno del mejor dirigido por Ceasar Campos. Campos trabajó con nuestro personal del motivo de MLB en la 2002 Serie de la Exhibición de MLB entre el Houston Astros y el Cleveland indios. El y su hijo son un conjunto del equipo de etiqueta y ellos trabajan incansablemente en el campo para hacerlo el mejor puede ser.

El estadio es anidado en el área del centro de Valencia con Gran hoteles y la vida nocturna. Sería probablemente mejor volar en Caracas y manejar a Valencia.. ¡Y lo que un maneja usted tendrá …Think del lado del país más hermoso usted ha visto jamás y multiplica que por 10! ¡El taxi le correrá acerca de 50.000 Bolivar para llegar a allí de Caracas …which está acerca de 30 machos cabríos!

La 2002 Serie de la Exhibición de MLB era un gran acontecimiento y esta serie de años tiene toda la ostentación para hacerlo aún mejor. Diría que las personas que asisten estos juegos son probablemente la la mayoría del electrificar le llena verá jamás. No cabe duda ellos adoran el juego del béisbol con una pasión y las personas que el trabajo en los parques es igualmente apasionado acerca de lo que ellos hacen para complacer los ventiladores.

El estadio en Maracay que está acerca de una hora de Valencia donde parte del temprano redondea los juegos se jugarán es también un parque agradable. Es más pequeño y ha sido mejorado también para el acontecimiento.

Con todas estas mejoras del estadio al campo y la facilidad, todavía me asombra en cuanto a cómo ellos alcanzan tanto, con tan poco en estos países como relaciona a la escala de EE.UU. de la conservación de campo que Ellos hacen literalmente todo a mano. El campo se corta con un cortacéspedes residencial típico que cabalga entonces mano rastrilló.

Para obtener los efectos que pelan en el césped, ellos utilizan un cortacéspedes nacional viejo de carrete "arrollar en las rayas" porque las hojas en esta unidad son largas idas. La última línea es ellos …make trabaja.

¡Estoy seguro hay todavía una pareja etiqueta disponible para el precio correcto y obviamente el tiempo no puede ser el golpe! ¡Buenos Nochis!

BUILDING A BASEBALL FIELD?


Dscn0235  Baseball season is closer than we think and people have been sending me some baseball field construction questions.  I have received several messages about How to build….the field…the mound….the infield etc..? 

Building a baseball field takes planning and unfortunately sometimes more money than you may have in your budget. One of the first questions… Do you have enough land or property and will be the field be oriented properly?  I would also suggest the following questions be asked of those involved before you put a shovel in the ground.

1.  Usage of the field:  Who? How much? and when?  These questions will steer you towards the type of field you will need to build.

2.  What Type of Grass:  Natural…Bluegrass or Bermuda?…or synthetic?

3.  How much money do we have? That’s a loaded question but after the first two questions it is time to bring the accountant in! Where can we find the money to build the field we want?  Are there Grants?  Private? Municipal Funds?  Donations?

4. Who will maintain the new field and at what level ?  In house maintenance?  Outsource maintenance?  Again …budget the entire field including maintenance operations before you build it.  Example: Don’t build a Ferrari when you don’t have the budget to take care of it. Taking care of a high performance sports field takes a lot of money Dscn0236

5. Selecting someone to design and build it? Again.. its an examination of your internal resources and if you have staff that understands how to develop a design or construction specification.  Designing your new field with the right goals for usage is what you should be shooting for. Hiring a reputable firm to design your field?  Should you hire a consultant for owners representation? Should we consider asking for Sponsorships to help offset material costs?  Can the Community help? Have you heard of the MLB Baseball Tomorrow Fund? 

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Once you have decided on some of the issues above and hired a reputable sports field contractor to install your field, You will be on your way towards building your field of dreams. Dscn0292

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