Groundskeeper faces different issues in WV

Like “Underwater Firefighter” or “Bald Hairstylist,” “Artificial Turf Groundskeeper” sounds like the sort of job that, by its very definition, shouldn’t exist.

If the grounds are artificial, what is there to keep?

This question isn’t as existential as it seems, which I learned firsthand last month while visiting brand-new Monongalia County Ballpark. Located in Granville, just outside of Morgantown, Monongalia County Ballpark houses the New York-Penn League’s West Virginia Black Bears as well as West Virginia University’s Big 12 baseball program. With the exception of the clay pitcher’s mound, the entirety of the Monongalia County Ballpark playing field is synthetic.

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