It’s a process that has only been done two other times since Fifth Third Field opened in 2002. Last month, close to a dozen workers spent two days laying new sod onto the field in preparation for the Mud Hens’ Opening Day doubleheader. Sod started coming in March 15 and by the next day crews had unloaded 26 flatbed trucks and laid 550 rolls of Kentucky bluegrass onto the field.
“Our main goal is to have [the field] consistent every day the guys play on it,” said Jake Tyler, sports turf manager at Fifth Third Field. “The main job of the minor leagues is player development, and you want the guys to have a nice surface to play on so they can hone in on their skills and get themselves to the next level in their career.”- Written by firstname.lastname@example.org