And the Award Goes to… (December 30, 2015)
Several years ago the Major League Baseball Head Groundskeepers voted to begin their own Hall of Fame. The program is still in its infancy, but that doesn’t make the inductees any less important. In our two interviews today we’ll first talk with Bob Christofferson (Head Groundskeeper, Seattle Mariners) about the MLB Head Groundskeepers Hall of Fame itself, how it started and where it’s headed. Bob will also talk to us about Gary Vanden Berg (Former Head Groundskeeper and Director of Grounds, Milwaukee Brewers) who is this years inductee and for whom the award will be now be named.
For our Outta the Park interview we asked Mike Boettcher (Head Groundskeeper, Milwaukee Brewers) and Dave Mellor (Head Groundskeeper, Boston Red Sox) to tell us about their time working with Gary and why knowing him as a person and as a boss was so meaningful to them.
Then, to finish things up Paul and Theresa review this year’s winners of STMA’s Field of the Year and the Minor League Baseball Sports Turf Managers of the Year.
Segments: Special Interview, Outta the Park
Guests: Bob Christofferson (Head Groundskeeper, Seattle Mariners), Michael Boettcher (Head Groundskeeper, Milwaukee Brewers), Dave Mellor (Head Groundskeeper, Boston Red Sox)
▶ Special Interview:
Members of the Major League Baseball Groundskeepers Hall of Fame:
Inaugural inductees for 2012: Emil Bossard (Cleveland Indians), and George Toma (Kansas City Royals)
2013: Joe Mooney (Boston Red Sox,)
2014: Dick Erickson (Minnesota Twins) and Harry Gill (Milwaukee Brewers)
2015: Pete Flynn (New York Metts) and Pat Santarone (Baltimore Orioles)
2016: Gary Vanden Berg (Milwaukee Brewers)
▶ Outta the Park:
Vanden Berg brought a lot of green to our lives
Milwaukee Brewers’ Rainy Day Miracle 1998, SportsTURF. Article featuring Dave Mellor and Gary Vanden Berg and the near disastrous rain storm that hit their field unexpectedly during the 1997 season.
▶ STMA and Minor League Baseball 2015 Winners:
STMA Field of the Year and Minor League Baseball Sports Field Managers of the Year