Field Notes: Safeco Field, Home of the Seattle Mariners

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By: Mariners Dot Com

Photo By: Jerry Driendl

Photo By: Jerry Driendl

Photo By: Otto Greule Jr

Photo By: Otto Greule Jr

Photo By: Otto Greule Jr

Safeco Field, Seattle, Wash.

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Here are some team facts:
-The Mariners have recently added key hitters Kendrys Morales, Michael Morse, Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay to their lineup.
-The Mariners have one of the best pitchers in all of MLB in "King" Felix Hernandez. On August 15, 2012, he threw the 23rd perfect game in Major League Baseball history against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field.
-The team mascot is the Mariner Moose.

Safeco Field, Seattle, Wash.

Q: What type of grass is used for the field's turf?
A: The turf is transitioning to 100 percent Kentucky Bluegrass. Currently, the infield and foul territory is Bluegrass and the outfield is blend of Kentucky Bluegrass and Perennial Ryegrass. It comes from Olympia, Washington.

Safeco Field, Seattle, Wash.

Q: How many people serve on the grounds crew of TKTK?
A: There are three full-time people on the grounds crew. There are four full-time seasonal people. On game nights there are an additional nine crew members. Full-time jobs are: pitcher’s mound specialist, infield dirt specialists, home plate maintenance and game prep. There are four crew members dedicated to mowing the grass.

Safeco Field, Seattle, Wash.

Q: What kind of soil is used on the field, and where does it come from?
A: The soil at Safeco Field is high clay content blended with sand and silt. It comes from Redmond, Wash.

Safeco Field, Seattle, Wash.

Q: What is the general schedule of work that leads up to game day?
A: Work typically starts at 9 am. Depending on the workout schedule for both teams, start time can vary. Work continues until an hour after the game. To get a field prepped, lots of attention is devoted to the infield dirt through watering, dragging and moisture management. Other activities include warning track maintenance, mowing, batting practice setup, and pitcher’s mound, on-the-field and bullpens.

Safeco Field, Seattle, Wash.

Q: How are lines, logos and other decorations applied to the field? What kinds of paints are used?
A: Lines are laid down through a custom-made walk-behind line chalker. For logos, the Mariners use water-based paints from World Class Paints. The crew uses bender boards and a hand-sprayer to paint logos. Occasionally, dryers are used to accelerate the drying process when there are unexpected or last-minute changes.
Learn more about the Seattle Mariners at mariners.com. or check out the next ballpark: AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.