Based on all the comments from folks in Taiwan and Panama the ground crews have done a wonderful job with the renovations and field maintenance operations of Rod Carew Stadium, Panama and New Taipei City Stadium, Taipei. In Taiwan they renovated all the mounds added 50 tons of clay to the infield and overseeded.. At Rod Carew a totally new field was constructed as the old one had become slow to drain. The Zoysia turf at Rod Carew is only 3 weeks old. But holding up ok.
Great job to the guys in both sites.
The field has really started to come together in the past week. Pandeportes, Rod Carew Stadium Staff and many have really chipped in to make this venue shine. Its an old park with a few upgrades it will be able to handle a lot more rain than in the past. Today it rains ( as it does everyday) and after removing the rain cover there was no water on the grass. Worked perfectly. The turf is only 3 weeks old but should be ok for this 6 game tournament. MLB network will cover a few of the games.
As part of the planning for the upcoming WBC in Panama, the federations in Nicaragua and Colombia will be hosting mini-camps in their countries in order for their team to train before the WBC event. Pitching mounds, infield, bullpens and equipment repairs highlighted the key areas of improvements at each ballpark. Chad Kropff was in Colombia and Kevin Moses in Nicaragua for the past week helping the local crews with the renovations.
New Taipei City stadium also known as Xinzhuang stadium is preparing for the WBC qualifier. New pitching mounds and bullpens along with new grass and a renovated infield surface will provide an improved playing surface. The ballpark is familiar to big events it has recently Hosted the MLB All Star Tour and past World Baseball Cup tournaments. A smaller ballpark that seats about 12500 the venue will also feature some updates in the locker rooms and batting tunnels. Don’t forget to check out the games later this month. They begin November 15th. New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines. www.worldbaseballclassic.com