Beacon Athletics Diamond DaVincis

Let's talk ballfields.

This podcast is dedicated to the artistry and science of sports field management. Diamond Davincis celebrates the men and women in the sports field industry whose fields are their canvas. This podcast will discuss ballfields and their artists at all levels — from the little leagues to the bigs, and everywhere in between. From time to time we may venture into the world of football and soccer groundskeeping. Golf? Forget about it! They have their own shows. We hope to educate, inform and entertain you with interviews from around the sports field management industry. Give your mind a break while working on your fields and give us a listen. Email questions directly to podcast@beaconathletics.com.

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Join us for a deep dive into baseball and soccer field playability while we explore infield ball roll and speed in the Outta the Park interview with Larry DiVito (Head Groundskeeper, Minnesota Twins) and discuss syringing for turf stress management in the High/Low Segment.

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We’re On a Roll (June 15, 2016)

mn twins batting practice
Batting Practice at Target Field

Anna on Target Field infield inspection
Infield approval by Anna the pug not required, but helpful

How does the ball roll affect the players and the game and how can we as groundskeepers adjust this key mechanic for both baseball and soccer? Larry DiVito (Head Groundskeeper, Minnesota Twins) has put a lot of thought and effort into this part of field management while working for the LA Dodgers, Washington Nationals and D.C. United. He’s written an extensive article about all the maintenance practices that can affect how the ball rolls and how firm the playing surface will be and we’re discussing it with him today in our Outta the Park interview.

Another effect on ball speed and playability is turfgrass stress- a key summer stress comes from heat and this is true for warm and cool season turf grasses. Paul and Theresa discuss how syringing can work for you, regardless of your field’s maintenance level, in today’s High/Low segment.

Segments: High/Low, Outta the Park

Guests: Larry DiVito (Head Groundskeeper, Minnesota Twins

▶ Outta the Park:
Managing Infield Ball Speed via SportsTurf online
Standard Guide for Construction of High Performance Sand-Based Rootzones for Athletic Fields