November 2010

Australian League Ballparks Update

narrabundah.jpgWith the league now officially opened and the wonderful positive results Ihave heard from various sources, I really think the new league is going to only get better and better.  The ballparks are not typical pro parks you see in the states but its a start and provides us something to build on.    Kevin Moses is jumping from city to city helping the local field maintenance teams at each of the ABL clubs tweak their fields and ballparks.  Most recent opening was Narrabundah (photo above) with over 1300 people on the 17
th.  The City of Canberra is the capitol of the country and they made a nice investment to bring baseball to the area.  The local community leaders  were heavily involved in upgrading the field conditions for the beginning of the league.   As it stands the crowds have been strong and the fields are holding up at all of the ABL venues.  I believe the greatest challenge is coming up this week.   The Melbourne Aces home field at the Showgrounds completed the Equitana event yesterday and the season opens Friday.  Not much has been renovated as the grounds needed to remain unchanged for the horses.   I’m sure everything will work out,  but bottom line an entire field needs to be built this week. 



Houston Astros Urban Youth Academy Hosts 1st Field Maintenance Clinic

Hosuton Clinic photo.JPGJust finished another MLB Field Maintenance clinic.  This one was in Houston.  My first time back since I worked on the design of the field at minute maid stadium way back when it opened.  The Field Clinic was held at the Houston Astros Urban Youth Academy. A great place managed by Daryl Wade.  Super person with a passion for the program.   We had about 75 people attend.  Have to thank Chad Olsen ( our Ops Man) , Dan bergstrom Astros and Dennis Klein Rangers Head groundskeepers.  We covered quite a bit of information for this group and what made it fun was that the guys an gals that attended were really into it from 9am to 300pm.   The academy opened up  last summer and hosts a number of events.  Turface helped to sponsor the event which was free to all attendees. 

Great Job guys. Next stop is LA on December.  Last one for the year.