Backstop Nets, Just the Facts, Ma’am (February 10, 2016)
Are you hoping for an early Spring? Even with our mostly mild winter many of us have had more snow than we’d really prefer this year. Thankfully(?) Punxsutawney Phil is predicting we’ll get a reprieve sooner than later. But that also means we need to get a jump on getting our ballfields ready for Spring practices and games. This episode jumps right in to Spring preparations with a “Turf” Maintenance segment that doesn’t really touch on the turf itself. Instead we discus the ins and outs of testing your infield soil’s physical characteristics. Paul has literally spent decades learning everything he can about how a soil’s physical properties affect it’s playability and managing both MLB-level and little league-level needs and expectations for how that infield should play best. He’s got a lot of information banging around in that noggin of his and he’s sharing a lot of it with us today.
For our Outta the Park interview we got Beacon’s in-house engineer, Jim Myrland, to talk to us about netting and backstops. The MLB is enacting new and very pro-active recommendations throughout their parks to ensure fan safety – what can we learn from their decisions and how best can the rest of us begin to think about addressing our own fan safety when we have such a wide array of set-ups and designs to deal with?
Then its time to check in with the Diamond DaVincis’ Maintenance Calendar – what should we be planning to do to revitalize and prep our infields for Spring play and when do we do it??
Segments: Turf Maintenance, Outta the Park, Diamond DaVincis’ Maintenance Calendar
Guests: Jim Myrland (Engineer, Beacon Athletics)
▶ Turf Maintenance:
ASTM D422-63(2007)e2 Standard Test Method for Particle-Size Analysis of Soils