October 2009

Minor League Baseball hosts 1st Sports Turf Clinic at the DAP


group shot.JPGA couple days ago we helped out with Minor League Baseball’s first field maintenance clinic in Durham, NC at Durham Athletic Park. ( The old renovated Bull Durham Field)  With 80+ people attending it was a major success. Weather threatened to change the event the evening before and actually it was lightly raining at dawn but within a couple hours the sun came through and the day was perfect. 

groups of 3 on field.JPGDr. Grady Miller was our keynote touching on winterization and educational assistance for the turf managers.  John Cook VP of Business Operations was on hand from MiLB.   Other speakers included Tracey Schenweis from Salem Red Sox, Scott Strickland from the Durham Bulls, Pat Coakley and Jeff Ferguson.  We had about 15 minor league groundskeepers and 15 college turf managers on hand with rest being sponsors, parks & rec members and private school turf managers.  We had a few sponsers that really helped make the event successful.  Burnett, Turface, Carolina Green, John Deere and revels Tractor and turf along with Sand Hill Key sod farm.  from the side 2.JPG

Each session was broken down into turf management, infield maintenance and pitchers mound maintenance. We also had John Deere provide a program on equipment maintenance which was very well received.  It was good day seeing friends and peers.  Hats off to Josh Marden and Jill Russinko who manage the DAP!  Great Job!!

New World Baseball Rankings


For those of you who keep up with baseballs pecking order outside the USA, IBAF issued a press release below with the new rankings an USA moved to number 2.   It was pretty cool seeing Germany in the top twenty as well.

 

USA MOVES TO NO. 2 IN IBAF WORLD RANKINGS

IBAF AA/16U Worlds, Baseball World Cup titles push U.S. up two spots from No. 4

 

( LAUSANNE, Switzerland) – The United States of America moved from No. 4 to No. 2 in the International Baseball Federation’s (IBAF) latest installment of the Men’s World Rankings which were released Monday.

 

Behind first place finishes at the IBAF “AA”/16U World Youth Championships and the IBAF Baseball World Cup, the U.S. jumped ahead of Korea and Japan and put it within striking distance of Cuba, which has held the No. 1 position since the rankings debuted earlier this year.

 

With these rankings, the IBAF also introduced several tournaments from the last four years that were not originally taken into consideration for the World Rankings. These events include continental pre-qualifying tournaments and invitational events like the “Good Luck Beijing” Baseball Tournament in 2007.  The inclusion of the new events has introduced 22 national baseball teams to the IBAF World Rankings, and all of the new tournaments meet the criteria of events which the IBAF considers for rankings points.

 

Overall, tournaments and championships that have been added, replaced or removed for the 19 October IBAF World Rankings include:

 

Added: 2007 “Good Luck Beijing” Baseball Tournament, 2007 and 2009 Asian Baseball Cups (for 2007 and 2009 Asian Championships, respectively), 2006 and 2008 European Continental Qualifiers (for 2007 and 2010 European Championships)
Replaced: 2005 IBAF Baseball World Cup with the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup, 2005 IBAF “AA”/16U World Youth Championships with the 2009 IBAF “AA”/16U World Youth Championships
Removed: None

Next to be replaced: 2005 Southeast Asia Games (2009 Southeast Asia Games set for later this year, replacement will be reflected in year-end rankings)

 

Other notable changes in the rankings include Italy moving from No. 15 to No. 12 and Germany moving into the top-20, going from No. 23 to No. 20.  Belgium witnessed the largest jump in the rankings, going from unranked to No. 34 while both Cameroon and Samoa saw the biggest decline, falling from a tie at No. 51 to again even at No. 72.

 

The complete IBAF Men’s World Rankings are listed below:

 

The first number is Current Rank, 2nd is Previous Rank, Member Federation, Total Rankings Points

1, 1, Cuba, 1159.68

2, 4, United States, 1051.32

3, 3, Japan, 912.07

4, 2, Korea, 850.76

5, 5, Chinese Taipei, 561.63

6, 6, Netherlands, 405.33

7, 8, Canada, 360.19

8, 7, Mexico, 353.75

9, 9, Venezuela, 298.86

10, 10, Puerto Rico, 231.39

11, 11, Australia, 211.24

12, 15, Italy, 166.00

13, 13, Dominican Republic, 135.68

14, 14, Nicaragua, 117.49

15, 16, China, 102.00

16, 12, Panama, 92.32

17, 18, Spain, 67.38

18, 17, Thailand, 63.38

19, 19, Philippines, 62.33

20, 23, Germany, 48.38

21, 25, Great Britain, 45.76

22, 24, Czech Republic, 44.91

23, 21, South Africa, 40.05

24, 29, Netherlands Antilles, 34.93

25, 40, Croatia, 34.19

26, 27, Indonesia, 28.50

27, 32, Russia, 23.45

28, 36, France, 21.63

29, 26, Sweden, 19.07

30, 37, Hong Kong, 17.92

31, 49, Pakistan, 14.75

32, 28, Palau, 12.50

33, 22, Colombia, 12.00

34, NR, Belgium, 10.96

35, 20, Brazil, 10.50

36, 30, Nigeria, 10.00

36, 30, New Caledonia, 10.00

36, NR, Greece, 10.00

39, 33, Myanmar, 9.50

40, NR, Ireland, 8.49

41, 48, Austria, 8.14

42, 33, Ghana, 7.50

42, 33, American Samoa, 7.50

42, NR, Sri Lanka, 7.50

45, 49, Lithuania, 7.00

46, 44, Ukraine, 6.69

47, 38, Virgin Islands, 5.00

48, NR, Belarus, 4.78

49, NR, Slovakia, 4.75

50, NR, Slovenia, 4.35

51, NR, Poland, 4.28

52, 39, Aruba, 4.25

53, NR, Switzerland, 4.12

54, 41, Zimbabwe, 3.75

54, 41, Fiji, 3.75

56, NR, Romania, 3.38

57, 43, Guatemala, 3.25

58, 45, Malaysia, 2.25

59, NR, Israel, 2.09

60, 45, Lesotho, 2.00

61, NR, Finland, 1.93

62, 47, Bahamas, 1.75

63, NR, Bulgaria, 1.72

64, NR, Georgia, 1.42

65, 51, Cambodia, 1.38

66, NR, Portugal, 1.36

67, NR, Hungary, 1.17

68, NR, San Marino, 0.83

69, NR, Serbia, 0.62

70, NR, Norway, 0.54

71, NR, Malta, 0.44

72, NR, Turkey, 0.25

72, NR, Latvia, 0.25

72, 51, Cameroon, 0.25

72, 51, Samoa, 0.25

 

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