When the Twins hired their first and only head groundskeeper for Metropolitan Stadium back in 1961, it came as a result of the entire franchise moving to Minnesota from Washington, D.C.

Almost 40 years later, as the team prepares to return to outdoor baseball in 2010, the Twins looked back to the nation’s capital to find the man who will make sure the new playing surface is among the league’s best.

The Twins announced Wednesday that they hired Larry DiVito to be the head groundskeeper at Target Field. DiVito is the representative for Professional Facilities on the Board of the Sports Turf Managers Association.

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