January Newsletter – Renovation Season Begins

January is often a month where a lot is going on behind the scenes in the baseball and softball world.  In professional baseball, it’s often tied to free agency.  In college, winter workouts and scrimmages.  In high school and little league, tryouts and workouts as well.  Also, many field managers are either preparing their fields for play or starting to think about what projects will need to be finished before long.  It’s a time for trade shows, like the SFMA Conference, among other local and regional clinics too.  Although it isn’t always a big month for playing the game, it is no less important.  Behind the scenes, we are fielding phone calls, visiting fields and our Homefield Crews are hard at work renovating ballfields in the warmer reaches of the United States as crunch time is here for places like Florida, with players soon arriving for Spring Training. We’re going to dive in with updates on some of the projects our Homefield Crews and friends have been up to.

2023 MiLB Symposium Recap and History

In the fall of 2015, Tom Burns and Luke Yoder began discussions with a small group of seasoned MiLB groundskeepers to gauge their interest in an annual Symposium that would provide them the opportunity to gather as a group.  Tom attended the first MLB Symposium in the year 2000 and every one after that until the year 2006, when he was with the Texas Rangers. Luke attended his first MLB Symposium in 2001 representing the Pittsburgh Pirates and every one after that through 2015, ending while he was with the Padres.  Tom and Paul Zwaska (formerly with the Orioles) helped coordinate that first Symposium.  Luke eventually took the lead and coordinated successive ones for several years following Bob Christofferson’s (retired from Seattle Mariners) lead and then passing it onto Bill Deacon (New York Mets).  Attending those meetings provided valuable insights on many aspects of professional development and groundskeeping.  It also provided the opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and develop new ones that would last a lifetime.

SFMA Field of The Year Clean Sweep

Every season, the Sports Field Managers Association (SFMA) organization, awards Field of the Year honors. For the awards, it includes not only baseball and softball fields from various levels, but also soccer and football fields as well. Within the baseball and softball communities, there is a Professional Field of the Year, a College Field of…

Over 100 Years of Groundskeeper Experience: Get to know our experts

At DuraEdge Products we are fortunate to have a great business development team which includes four individuals with career backgrounds as professional groundskeepers in the MLB and MiLB ranks. Their collective wealth of experience creates the foundation for our success in the infield mix realm and provides field care perspectives that only each of them…

Q&A with Paul Zwaska

We recently caught up with our newest DuraEdge employee, Paul Zwaska, to get some more insight into some of his interesting background and experience working in groundskeeping and the sports turf industry. Q: What drew you into the soil science/sports turf field? Growing up in Wisconsin back in the 1970s, like a lot of kids,…

Interview With An Installer: Tyler Woak

How did you get into the sports turf industry? I worked with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers since I was fourteen. I started there as a bat boy and worked my way up to Assistant Clubhouse Manager.  The former head groundskeeper, Ryan, was looking for an intern to help him for a spring season when I…

Interview With An Installer: Jason Jacobs

How did you get into the sports turf industry? Taking care of baseball fields is something I’ve done since I was fifteen.  I worked for my hometown, taking care of about ten fields.  Originally I went to school and got a degree in Sports Administration as kind of a fall back plan.  Afterwards, I interned…

Interview With An Installer: Travis Beatty

How did you get into the sports turf industry? My dad has worked with Grant (McKnight) on and off since before I was born.  When he started Natural Sand Company and then DuraEdge my dad started working there again.  I started working at the plant bagging product.  Then I began working on the construction side…

Interview With An Installer: Cameron Toone

How did you get into the sports turf industry? I started out on the residential landscaping side of things.  Through working in landscaping, I was introduced to a local sod company and another company in sports turf.  What really got me started was job shadowing them to start learning that world.  I eventually worked my…

Interview With An Installer: Mike Viersma

How did you get into the sports turf industry? I worked in my family’s construction company to begin my career.  In time, we started building ballfields and saw a need in specialized sports care work.   Did you have any mentors in the industry? Definitely my parents, Bob and Theresa Viersma.  They always encouraged me…

Interview With An Installer: Mike Robinson

How did you get into the sports turf industry? I got into the green care industry in 1981, the year my son was born.  When I started my career I ran some lawn care companies.    But after doing that for a while and going to educational classes, I got bored and wanted something new. …

Interview With An Installer: Steve Trosen

How did you get into the sports turf industry? Coming from an extensive landscaping background it led me to pursue a career in a similar field. Out of high school I worked for a landscaping company that was a sister company to my family’s tree service business, soon after that transitioning to my first job…