Behind the Mike: I want to be an MLB groundskeeper

Behind the Mike: I want to be an MLB groundskeeper

Behind the Mike: I want to be an MLB groundskeeper

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by Mike Colombo, BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 9:56 AM

(BaseballStL)--Alright, you’re about to be introduced to my nerdy side.

Since I was a kid I have thought it would be the coolest job to be a groundskeeper at Busch Stadium. In fact, when I was in grade school I set up my own baseball field in my backyard. 

Truth be told I spent just as much time playing groundskeeper as I did pitcher or catcher.

I’ve always paid close attention to how the grounds crews work at Busch and I’ve been doing the same during my time on the field this week at Fenway Park in Boston. One of the first things I noticed was the attention to detail they pay to the infield dirt.

Our morning reporting ends around 8 a.m. eastern standard time. As we’re wrapping up, the grounds crew is on the field meticulously raking and sweeping the dirt. I finally asked one of the guys what the deal was. After all, batting practice doesn’t start for another eight hours. They told me moisture control and distribution is so important, they have to move the dirt often throughout the day.


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As you might guess, this is seasonal work for most of the crew. The guy I talked to said there are no turf or dirt specialists, they’re duties are all for the most part interchangeable. 

Here’s another interesting fact...the right and left field foul  lines are painted on in the infield rather than chalked. I’m told this is practice holds up better in rain. 

Cardinals officials, if you’e reading, can I come be a groundskeeper for a day?

Attached to this article are some pictures I took of the morning crew in action. Thank you for reading and watching, and let’s go Cardinals.

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