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Dodger Stadium to host MLB Groundskeepers event

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

Willie3The 18th annual MLB Groundskeepers Conference is taking place Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. According to today’s press release, it’s an opportunity for baseball’s field marshals to …

  • share best practices
  • learn about the latest field maintenance equipment, materials and methods
  • discuss current topics, research and industry news
  • learn from industry experts, league representatives, managers and players
  • and, of course, tour the host ballpark.

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More than 50 attendees (though not Groundskeeper Willie) are expected at this year’s event, which will also include a Field Maintenance Clinic with topics such as:

  • pitching mound repair
  • infield edge maintenance
  • infield skin maintenance
  • equipment maintenance
  • equipment demonstration
  • turf cultural practices
  • and (this one’s worth the price of admission, if there were admission) mowing patterns.

Local youth-based organizations expected to participate include the Pasadena Unified School District, John Muir High School and recipients of Dodgers Dreamfields, including Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club, Culver Marina Little League, County of Los Angeles Department of Parks & Recreation and City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks.

The field maintenance clinic will support the the annual field renovation project undertaken by the groundskeepers this year at the John Muir High School baseball field, the field of Baseball Hall of Famer and Dodger legend Jackie Robinson.  That project is spearheaded by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.


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  1. dkminnick

    Hi Jon, I help maintain the field at Burbank High, and would love to attend this event. Would I be welcome? Eric Hansen has helped us out in the past with our youth league. Thx and hope all is well! Doug Minnick dkminnick at mac dot com

    • Jon Weisman

      Hi Doug – I’m afraid this isn’t an open event, as far as I know. But hope all is well …

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