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Canada’s First MLB Field Maintenance Clinics a Success!


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We kicked off the first series of MLB Field clinics in Canada this past week.  In conjunction  with MLB operations and  Baseball Canada they selected some great locations for the hands on educational workshops.   We started in Vancouver at historic Nat bailey park.   Then to centennial park in Edmonton and finished Friday in Winnipeg.  We had great turnouts in all 3 clinics.   A lot of work by Jim Baba, baseball canada executive director and his staff to organize these events was critical to the success.  Thanks to Jim and his crew.      Chad Olsen and I are headed up the education content with Bob Curry from Covermaster and a couple reps from Turface.   What was great were the added resources for education coming from the STMA (sportsturf managers association) and the Western Turfgrass association (WTGA).  These groups provided literature, CD’s and special guest speakers that included presentations from their executive director and board members.  The MLB Clinic sessions focused on basic field maintenance as well as budget planning and networking.   It was the first time these groups had been together so it was exciting to see them exchange emails and phone numbers during the breaks. Sharing information is what it’s all about.

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The majority of the attendees were from the parks rec departments and private schools.  In BC and Winnipeg we had a group of volunteers that were responsible for managing the fields after the city performed mowing and other duties.   I have a very soft spot in my heart for volunteers in this industry. Seeing people give up their vacation time and family time to be a part of a working clinic to take care of their home baseball and softball  fields.   WOW!   It just doesn’t get any better than that.

A Christmas Groundskeeper Story


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Twas the night before Christmas when all through the park
Not a mower was running because it was dark
We covered our grass with a turf blanket clothe
Just hoping the wind, would not blow it off.

The park was all prepped for a short winters nap
So I Snapped up my jacket and pulled down my cap
When all of a sudden there came such a noise
It wasn’t the reindeer but a group of young boys.

How could that be on Christmas Eve?
It was way to late…I just wanted to leave.
When I looked over the field to my eyes would appear
Those kids trying to start our favorite John Deere.

At first I was mad as I watched them at play
When I was a kid I was the very same way.
They spoke not a word when the cart wouldn’t start
As I heard one whisper , “Let’s dip-set this park”.

They pushed the tractor,  back under the cover
And scaled over the fence , one after another
No damage was done, thank goodness for that
It was kids, being kids and not being brats.

Last season was long , we all would agree
Our fields took a beating for all to see
Throughout the year we would try and rebuild
Do you think Saint Nick might bring a new field?

We need to re sod , our crew would say
And the boss would shout out , Absolutely No Way!
The cost is too high and the owner’s made cuts
He said to be thankful, it couldve been us.

It takes hard work we tried to explain
Those concerts you book are more than a pain
Alas  he would cave , you can get your new grass
Just get back to work and please stay off my @?&#$.

So be true an honest at whatever you do
Be it mowing or raking it’s a reflection on you.
From the holiday season and throughout the New Year
There’s one blog to read its Marks Blogosphere

Now Newman, Now Sanchez ,Now Platt and Bloom
“Keep off the grass” the groundskeeper will fume.
Soon after New Year’s,  spring training will begin
Before you know it, baseball’s back again.

Next season will start with an Opener down under
How long is that flight, the players must wonder.
Our DBacks and Dodgers are excited to play
At the SCG pitch ….on MLB clay!

It’s sure to be fun for those who can wait
Merry Christmas to all…..especially my blog mates!

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