Preparing for the Cuba vs Orioles 1999 series
With Cuba in the news, groundskeeping guru Murray Cook revisits a classic blog post.
Baseball fields around the world are managed totally different from what you might expect. Here, in the good ole USA, our stadiums have automatic irrigation systems, state of the art drainage systems, weather stations, hydraulic pitching mounds and high tech maintenance equipment! We are so fortunate!
In 1999, the Baltimore Orioles played the Cuba National Team in an exhibition in Havana, Cuba. The stadium and field needed upgrading before the deal could be completed so I was asked to put together a team to make it happen. The American crew consisted of AL Capitos, Budgie Clark, Greg Meeks and myself. It took 3 weeks to complete what could have been completed here in days. For example:
1. Irrigation – The field was hand watered with a fire hose. One person all night!
2. Aerfication– We brought over an aerfier on the barge from Miami with other equipment. The field…
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