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2013 MLB Youth Academy Field Clinic Series


???????????????????????????????Over the past couple days I had  the chance to meet some future MLB groundskeepers at the Houston and New Orleans Youth Academy field maintenance clinics.   It was a great event in both cities with a wonderful turnout of current and future turf professionals.

At our clinic in Houston,  we had some super guest speakers. Dan Bergstrom with the Astros, Tom  Burns with Diamond Pro and our Chad Olsen .   We went through mound an homeplate construction, infield and turf management –  stressing safety for the kids that play on the fields in their parks.     One of the highlights was talking with a group of students from Nimitz High School who attend the Co-op AG program.   The teacher brought the students to expose them to sportsturf management.   It was great talking with them about a career in this industry.

???????????????????????????????From there we headed to New Orleans for their  Academies inaugural clinic. This venue just opened a few months ago and is still being updated and improved.  Most of the attendees were from local parks and rec as well as nearby universities.  Again our speakers provided a lot of grass roots education for the group.    Rene Asprion, Tommy Marks, Chad Olsen and  I  presented topics on turf maintenance, field layouts, construction and safety tips.   A BIG Thanks to Darrell Miller, Eddie and D.Wade from the UYA team for all your help in pulling these clinics together.  MLB is making a major effort to provide education around the world in developing better fields.  These clinics are a key component of that initiative.  Future clinics are being planned in Compton, CA and DC so stay tuned.

“United at the Seams – Divided by Country!” Congrats to the 2013 WBC Groundcrews


???????????????????????????????With Rounds 1 and 2 coming to a close there have been some great stories and awesome competition during the first 2 weeks of the WBC.   The Games in PR were packed as were the game sin Japan.  Country pride says a lot for each of the teams competing.  I love the ground crew T-Shirts  in Taichung.  “United at the seams divided by country.”     In our case its more united by the rake…  nevertheless a pretty cool T-shirt.   The fields have played well all the way around so far.    Some really hard work by each of the crews and the local staffs in each country.     Looking forward to seeing some photos from our US ballparks that hosted some of the first round action.

2013 WBC - Tokyo Dome 035Chad Olsen has been overseeing our Japan fields, Kevin Moses,  Joe and Darrell  in Taichung and Chad K.,  Dennis and myself in San Juan along with some help from Eric, and Anthony.    Our groundcrew  in San Jaun had the tarp down to a mere 1:30 seconds.    With rains threatening almost everyday we were able to get everything in with only a slight delay on opening night.    Tough to do when  NOAA‘s  satellite services were down for a few days but they were so pumped to to a great job it made it easy.

???????????????????????????????A big thank you goes out to Deborah Martorell Meteorologist at WAPA.   She really helped us out with some accurate info until the NOAA satellite radar came back up.   Onto round two in Miami and the final in SF.     Good luck guys!

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1st MLB Field Maintenance Clinic in Culiacan Mexico


This past Thursday MLB Hosted its First Field maintenance Clinic in Culiacan Mexico for the mexican winter clubs. The event was Sponsored by Diamond Pro products.  With a turn out of 30+ Chad Olsen and Josh Marden Brickman Sportsturf Sportsturf  Managers went over the basics of field maintenance throughout the day.  Culiacan is home of the Tometaros or “‘Tomato Growers” .  Thanks for attending the event.

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