As you're sprucing up your lawn this spring, baseball grounds crews are getting their turf in tiptop shape. Don't miss these great photos, fun facts and insider tips from some of the country's most popular ballparks.
Q: What is the general schedule of work that leads up to game day?
A: In preparing for game day, the first task is to check the weather forecast and the team's practice schedule for the day. This provides a rough outlook as to how much water is needed on the field and the pacing needed in getting everything completed before practice time begins or before rain or snow moves in. The entire crew then begins carrying out their specific duties: edging and mowing the field and bullpens; painting foul lines; cleaning and leveling the warning track; preparing the bullpen mounds; preparing the field pitcher's mound; and preparing the infield through a day-long process of watering, nail dragging and leveling the soil. Prep also includes setting up batting practice equipment and breaking down the equipment for the start of the game. After batting practice, the crew allows 20 to 30 minutes to give the field a final grooming, putting in the foul lines and watering the infield for the start of the game.
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