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Dominican Republic Field Clinic opens new opportunity for retired players


FullSizeRenderThis past week MLB held there 4th field maintenance clinic in the Dominican Republic at the Kansas City Royal’s academy location in Boca Chica. We had over 55 attendees representing all 30 MLB clubs that operate academies on the island.  These clinics are geared towards improving field maintenance techniques and helping the turf managers with issues at their academies.  The clinics are FREE so MLB covers the costs of travel/meals and we pick up a couple sponsors to offset the costs.

This particular clinic focused on developing consistent maintenance techniques around turf management, infield clays and equipment maintenance.    We had some great speakers, helpers and sponsors from around the globe.  Sandro Moroni from Italy came over to provide some translation assistance and help with the turf discussions.  Ken Curry came down from Canada to talk about covers and the padding that they provide at Covermaster.   Rene Asprion chatted about mounds, soil conditioners and clays that diamond pro provides around the world.  Eric Ogden did a great talk on infield skin conditioning.  Good guys helping To make fields safer by sharing their knowledge and skills with others .

IMG_0819One of the coolest aspects about this particular clinic was having 10 former Dominican professional baseball players who were recently released attend the event.  It’s part of MLB’s commitment towards helping these former players with careers after baseball.   MLB’s Dominican Republic office creates educational resources for academies such as teaching English courses, life skills on how to live in the USA , how to manage your finances, etc…   These classes take place after daily workouts at each of the academies.

So now even after their baseball playing days are over,  MLB continues to help these young men find a new career.   They are introducing other careers in baseball like umpiring and stadium operations etc.. That’s just awesome!

IMAG4097Thanks to the Royals for hosting this year’s event along with their great grounds staff.  Trevor Vance goes down regularly to help them with their fields and you can really tell.

Also, a big thank you to Alex and Ishmael and the entire DR office that made multiple trips to the fed ex office to pick up Rene’s “special”  FedEx package and return it for his brochures.  (Inside joke).  Rafael you have a great group of folks in that office!

2012 MLB Dominican League Field Maintenance Clinic


The MLB Dominican League Office in the D.R. hosted the 4th annual MLB Dominican League Field Maintenance Clinic this week at the Cleveland Indians Academy in Boca Chica.   We had a great turnout with about 45+ sportsturf managers and operators representing 26MLB clubs and 5 winter league baseball stadiums.

Also had a couple new guest speakers take part in the education sessions this year.   Trevor Vance Kansas City Royals Head GK, Tom Burns and Rene Asprion with TXI.

The MLB Academy development in the DR has been growing extensively the past 5 years.  Each club has invested in building new and  upgrading existing 2 or 3 field  complexes that sport great fields and facilities for the young athletes.

As a teacher by trade,  it is a wonderful feeling sharing knowledge and experience to help fellow turf managers around the world improve and develop their skills.

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