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2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifier Venues & Fields


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.

Managua & Cartagena see upgrades to venues for mini-camps


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.  

WBC Qualifier sites preparing for games


Rod Carew Stadium in Panama continues to make progress.  Fields and facilities are being upgraded with some major and minor improvements to host the World Baseball Classic.     Regensburg received a new infield and Taiwan will be seeing some new mounds and home plates as well as turf upgrades.    Even the training sites are planning improvements in Managua, Santiago, Cartagena .  These improvements include field clinics and training for the local staffs which establishes a higher field of play surface for the clubs to train there athletes.    Its not a surprise that “better fields make better players”.

Estadio Rod Carew to replace field for 2012 WBC


After 12 years it looks like Rod Carew stadium in Panama will get a new field.    After working with a great crew and staff on this field for many years,  Pandeportes and the LOC committee  is replacing the field before the 2012 World Baseball Classic qualifier in November.

The WBC is considerd the new Baseball World Cup.  The last World Cup was held here 2 years ago.   During the last world cup at Rod Carew, we had several rain outs due to pour drainage  of the outfield and infield turf areas.  The USA vs.Canada Bronze medal game was cancelled and we almost had to cancel the final.     With the rainy season ( Oct-Nov)  typically dropping an average of 12 to 15   inches of rain each month, a new field with an updated drainage system  was badly needed.   The old system served its purpose over the years. In fact back in 2003 during the Olympic Qualifier we had similar rains fall but the field was only a few years old and handled the water pretty well.

The work plan is to remove a couple feet of material which includes about 6inches of thatch of 12 year old Bermuda along with a series of geo clothe fabrics.  We will be adding a new drainage system, irrigation system,  10″inches of sand for the grass,  and the new sod will be zoysia Turfgrass.  We used zoysia on the new fields in Aguadulce and Santiago when they were renovated in 2010 for the World Cup.   They have performed very well.  Along with the  new field there will upgrades to the stadium drainage and locker rooms.  Thanks again to Gil, Guy, Lenny, Ruben and Lauren for making this happen!

http://video.telemetro.com/video/MLB-inspecciona-el-estadio-Rod-Carew/8ef814b252eb73d36b86f5d4de0dc050

HO HO HO!!


Tis the season to be jolly…and thankful…I hope everyone takes a well deserved break, enjoy the holidays and family time.    ( Tree Above is the final at old yankee stadium! )

2011 was a busy year for STS.  All Star  GAmes  in Taiwan, Panama’s BAseball World Cup, Field reviews and plans in Lagos de Moreno for the Pan Am games.  On the homefront we were quite busy with the National MAll, ODP clubs SI Yanks, the Greenjackets etc… Now we prepare for 2012.  Already quite a bit rolling with he MLB Opener in Japan and the World Baseball Classic Qualifier.    

Gave a fun presentation at the IBAF Congress meeting in Dallas this month.  We are working on a draft of the plan we hope to roll out the first of the year after we get approvals from IBAF and MLB. 

Hoping everyone has a blessed Christmas.  Also Glad to hear most of our troops are heading home from Iraq although there are quite a few still over in Afghanistan.  Thoughts and prayers with them and their families.

World Cup Baseball Tourney down to 8 teams


Sad to see some teams not make it to the second round of these tournaments but you know what they say. Thats  baseball!  You never know.    I was in Lagos De Moreno yesterday checking on progress at the Pan American stadium for the next tournament. ( photo below)   They still have some work to do.  In Toronto last friday checking on 2015 sites for the Pan am games.   And then back to Panama today. 

Rico Cedeno stadium in Chitre has USA and Cuba going at it tonight while Ven vs Pan at  Omar Torrijos stadium in Santiago.  Looks like Panama has opened that one up.  Giving Rodney Carew stadium in Panama a couple of day rest from heavy use will help us for the final 6 games.  It’s ironic that our two rainouts have been USA games…but they were more like flood outs.   Ryan Woodley provided some photos of his work down at Chitre. actually a combination of several guys work.  Ballpark is holding up well.   Thanks again to Tracy and Chad kropff for coming down to help out.

Final preps underway for 2011 Baseball World Cup


The 2011 Baseball World Cup is a couple of days from starting here in Panama.  The 16 team tournament runs from Oct 2-16.   When I first came to see the ballparks back in March as part of the Winter League Evaluations,  I have watched  them transform into some nice venues for the future of the game in this country.  New Lights, Dugouts, Locker rooms fields padding maintenance equipment etc etc…  

We have had a few guys working here for while. Just Wondering if they should apply for dual citizenship.  Chad Olsen, Kevin  Moses and   Joe Skrabek have been rolling between venues.  Dennis Klein came down to help for a few days and Ryan Woodley came in Monday.    We have another group coming in this weekend.  With 4 stadium and a lot of rain we have finally turned the corner at a couple of parks.  Santiago and Aguadulce came out very nice. Chitre didn’t have as much field renovation work but had dugout and light upgrades.   hoping mother nature will give us some help. 

 I’ve been back and forth between Lagos de Moreno, USA and Panama seeing what will be happening with the much-needed upgrades at the Pan- american stadium near Guadalajara.    Have a few guys heading to Taiwan to prep for the MLB AllStar Tour in 3 different ballparks around the country.   That one starts up at the end of the month.   Its great have a awesome team and great friends in the industry to help make these tournaments successful.   Hats off the Pandeportes and the LOC for the tournament. 

If you want to watch some of the games on the web or game tracker check out this link as it continues to update with info http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2011/09/29/ibaf-has-the-baseball-world-cup-covered/f9ba50c6-e230-46b2-8946-197249266155

 

 

Its turning green at Omar Torrijos Stadium


Over the past couple days we have been overseeing the zoysia sod installation on one of the 4 fields in Panama for the upcoming baseball world cup. It’s exciting to witness the progress of these fields.  Here at Omar Torrijos Stadium, Santiago they installed a new drainage system, irrigation a sandy loam soil over gravel .  With the rain they receive in this country drainage is key.  Next stop for sod. Aguadulce.

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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