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Wrapping up a Crazy 2014 & Wishing Everyone A Happy New Year!


It is very hard to believe 2014 is almost over!   So much to be thankful for from a personal and professional viewpoint.   I can honestly say that 2014 was an amazing year on a lot of levels in the baseball world.

This year I traveled more than others … logging a couple hundred days, to 13 different countries. a few hundred thousand miles.   Highlights of the 2014 year regarding sports and stuff would be:

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* MLB Sydney Opener in Australia.   What a great project working with some awesome people in Australia!

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* Japan Samurai All Star series. Working with our friends in Japan on 5 stadiums in 10 days

*   Toronto 2015 test event games in Ajax.  Planning for the games next summer at a cool sport complex where baseball and softball are side by side.

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* SportsField maintenance clinics in Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Holland.

* Cuba relations warming with the USA sounds promising.

* Kansas City royals in the World Series were exciting to watch.  Especially happy for Trevor and his crew

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* Guadalajara got a new ballpark out of a track and field venue.

* Commissioner Selig officially stepped down. What a tenure!   Rob Manfred was a great replacement choice and a guy who really likes international game development

* We heard some promising news from baseball’s international elite folks at WBSC  about the high probability of baseball and softball getting back in the Olympic games by 2020.

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* We celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics.

* The company I work for Brickman merged with their arch rival valleycrest.   A new name was revealed this month. Brightview which sounds really cool.  We are better together for sure!

After close to 40 years in this industry the years seem to be going faster.   I guess that’s a good thing.  2014 was also a year of troubled times for many people and  countries.   We are a people living on one planet and it’s obvious we have a lot of work to do make it a better place for our children to live but I’m sure we will figure it out.  Just like a baseball…. it takes teamwork and prayer.

Made alot of friends this year in different countries spreading the word about the STMA..  A major thanks to our brickman crew and subs  who helped out all year.  couldn’t have done it without you!

Looking into the crystal Base-ball 2015 looks to be similar in travel and potential events.   Wishing each of you a prosperous, safe and wonderful 2015!   HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A new stadium in 2014 for the Tomateros de Culiacan


Acceso estadioA new park is underway in Culiacan , mexico.  The future home of the Tomateros is designed to hold 18000 people!     Its a natural grass stadium with some wonderful site lines.  This is going to be a fun project because the city is really cool.   The architect took some time in designing the seating bowl which will generate a lot of fun for fans.   It’s going to truly be a fan friendly facility.    The planned opening is October 2014.

Campo de juegoThe owners of the club are the Ley family.  They are really excited about this new sports venue in their home town and deserve to be. They are a good family with a long history in the Mexico and the baseball community.     The club has a very strong history of winning the Mexican Winter league and has had numerous championships over the years.   This park is being constructed directly beside the current baseball stadium so  logistics will be challenging for the 2013 season but in the end,  they will have new jewel in the Mexican winter  league.   Congrats to Juan Manuel Ley Lopez, his family and the architect Jim Sevilla

Amsterdam’s New Baseball Stadium !


 

amsterdam field 2The blue grass planted only a couple weeks ago is coming up nicely and the ballpark is completing the steel/concrete risers. The city of hoofddorp and the contractor are pushing the bluegrass along for full establishment this fall. The ballpark will end up seating about 500-1000 but will be able to expand to 25000 seats. the project will be completed by November 2013. It will open in the spring for the Pioneers Club team and be used by the Dutch Federation for training their national clubs as well.

Panama Ballparks Preparing for World Cup


We are rolling along in Panama with ballpark improvements for the Baseball World Cup.  Whenever we work in other countries there is always some sort of challenge which makes for some exciting ties leading up to the event. 

Two of the 4 stadiums to be used are receiving totally new fields. Three of the stadiums are upgrading locker rooms, dugouts, fencing and scoreboards.  All of the ballparks are receiving new lights to some degree.  The 2011 Baseball World Cup is the first Major baseball event being played in the national stadium since the 2003 Pre Olympic qualifier for Athens.   

The national stadium is receiving some new field upgrades as will the stadium in Chitre.   Following this wonderful tournament the country’s MLB  Winter league season will begin as provisional members.   These ballpark upgrades will only bring more major baseball events to Panama as the sports continues to grow.  The city, the culture and especially the people are truly remarkable.  Plan now to come down for some great baseball in October.  

Chad and I took a little time to taste the local coconut water.  Outstanding!

Taking a Look at Taiwan’s Baseball Stadiums


It’s always great to visit a country that loves baseball. Taiwan is way up on that list. They really love the game. We are looking at a few ballparks in Taiwan for some potential games in the near future. Checked out the stadium in Xingzuan District in New Taipei City.  It’s a  11000 seat ballpark with bermuda grass.  It was built in 1997 and renovated in 2003 which included removing the all infield clay and installing infield grass.  Yesterday we went through intercontinental Stadium in Taichung City.  Another nice ballpark with seating for 19000 people and today we are going through Kaohsiung stadium.  Its a 20,000+ ballpark where we hosted a game with the L.A. Dodgers in 2010.  Great crowd and wonderful but older venue.  

Its going to be a busy fall for the Brickman Sportsturf team and our Subs!   World Cup tournaments in Panama, Pan American Games in Guadalajara and a potential  MLB All Star throughout Asia will keep us rolling pretty hard from September till mid November.

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