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Checking out Korea’s Baseball Stadiums


korea domed stadiumLast week  I was a guest of the KBO (Korean baseball organization).   In an effort to upgrade their parks now and in the future we visited each stadium and spoke with operators and care takers collecting information about their facilities.   Korea is in the process of renovating and building new parks as the KBO league expands.   All of the ballparks range in size from 10,000 to 28000 capacity.  All of the fields are Kentucky bluegrass or synthetic grass.  A couple stadiums are moving away from synthetic back to natural grass.

jamsil stadium korea olympicsOne of the older stadiums was called Jamsil ballpark.   The ballpark was used as part of the 1988 Olympics.  According to the locals, the two teams that play here are considered the Yankees – red sox of Korea.  I must have heard it 10 times and from the looks of the sellout game I attended, it sure felt like it.  You can draw a line through the center of the stadium between the fans cheering on the bears or the twins.   One of our tasks was to check the lights  and at Jamsil stadium and we were allowed  to perform the light check during the 5th inning.   As with most Asian leagues, after the 5th inning they re-line the field and the umpires take a several minute break.  The players actually go out in the outfield and  stretch again.  That was the first time checking lux levels in front of 27000 people.

mokdong stadium bonsai garden batters eyeFYI – This country is passionate about their baseball.   We had the chance to attend a few games and it was electrifying!  The other thing that struck me was the demographics of who attended the games.  I would estimate, more than half the crowd was between the ages of 18-30.  There was a party in the stands that was choreographed with songs for each player.   The songs played straight through the entire at bat of the home team or visiting team.     Even when the hitter was swinging away!   Something you don’t see in other countries.

Korea’s first domed stadium is underway (top photo) .  Considering the temperatures in March are similar to Detroit , the warm building will be enjoyed by the local communities in the winter time.    It will also make the  fans happy during those hot humid summers with AC.

jamsil stadium crowdThe best part of the Korean ballpark tour was meeting the people and making friends .   A big thanks to the KBO team especially Joey, Sean, Jason and Mr. Haun!  You guys rock!    Sports brings people together and just like baseball in any country our game is a common connector.   Looking forward to the next trip already!

Celebrating MLBlogs With “TOP 10″ Salute!


???????????????????????????????It’s hard to believe its been 8 years since the commissioners office started the  MLBlogs web site  . When Mark Newman called and asked if I would be interested in providing some tips on groundskeeping.   I agreed and thought I could  probably post something once in a while.    Well 300 + blogs later Im still posting and truly enjoying the opportunity to share information I continue to  learn from others around the baseball softball world.
I’m not the most computer savvy guy in the house by far, but the administrators  at MLBlogs can sure make you look good via assisting with posts, page layouts etc..    The rollover to our friends at WordPress a couple years ago  was seamless and the posting is even easier.    A big shoutout to the folks behind the Curtain in NYC !
One of the highlights is receiving questions from readers.    I recall one question from a 2nd grader in Boston .  He was working on a science project for school and he chose to write about how they make those lines in the grass.  After sending him some photos and suggestions he thanked me for the info an i figured that was it.  His mother actually emailed a couple weeks later with a thank you and wrote how the kids really liked his presentation.
With that I looked back over some emails and blog posts and summarized a few questions below.   To much fun!
Top ten MLBlogs questions over the last 8 years.
10.  Why is the  pitchers mound taller than the rest of the field?
9.   Why was baseball taken out of the olympics?
8.  Who chose the polygon shape of the home plate?
7.   Where can I learn to be a professional groundskeeper?
6.  Do you really need all those people to cover the field when it rains?
5.   How do they make those lines in the grass?
4.  Where can I find the different colors of green paint to make those different lines in the grass.
3.   How do you bend the grass to make it change colors and does that hurt the grass?
2.   My grass has turned white. Is it dead?
1.     Where can I find the batters box key?
….I still think the guy looking for the batters box key is still looking.  The thought of telling someone to email and ask me where it was is priceless.
Great work fellowMLB bloggers  and friends.

Estadio Sonora Field Construction


Pretty cool ballpark. Kudos to Chad, Kevin, Eric, Isaiah and Anthony.

2013 Caribbean World Series Venue looking sweet!


Hermosillo Pics 030The new Sonora stadium in Hermosillo Mexico is almost complete. Typical details remain as with most major stadium projects,  but this park is setting a standard for future venues outside of the USA.   With the help of the D-backs  relationship over the years the Naranjeros plan to fulfill a plan to build the best ballpark in Mexico.  Congrats to the team ownership and municipal government.

hermosilo jan 2013Lets just say they are making a really good run at the title of the best park in Latin America!     Congrats to Chad Olsen and our Brickman sportsturf team that have put time into the  new field development over the past several months.

New Stadium in Hermosillo for 2013 Caribbean World Series Underway



Checked out a pretty cool ballpark design plan in Hermosillo this past week.   Hector Espino Stadium is in its final year as home to the Naranjeros and the new ballpark is to be ready for the 2013 Caribbean World Series.  Hector Espino stadium has been home to the Winter league Naranjeros Club for many years and has also hosted Arizona Diamondback exhibition games .   The new ballpark to be known as Sonara Estadio  and  is strategically located in the center of a new planned development south of the city.

As you can see from the Pinacate Volcano photo above the new ballpark has some similarities.   Vincent Sagrestano head of CODESON, MPL President Omar Canizales, Arturo Lerma chief executive of Naranjeros, Juan Aguirre Manager of the Naranjera Organization, Enrique Mazon, club president, Ramon Ruiz league official, Carlos Gomez Project Manager , Marco Ruiz and Juan Macias Architects and city planners put a lot of thought into the design plan.  The goal to make a place for people to gather year around was focal point.  You’ve heard the saying “All roads lead to Rome” well all the roads in this  future suburb will lead to the new stadium.

The 15000 seat ballpark’s unique design represents the El Pinacate volcano which is about 500KM from Hermosillo in the State of Sonara. The Biosphere Reserve has an extensive history in the area as well as a cultural bond.  The ballpark will have a natural grass field adding more natural eco systems to the venue.  An exciting project!

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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