Since 2000, STMA and MiLB have honored members who manage fields in Triple-A, Double-A, Single-A and Short Season or Rookie divisions. This year, one of the four honorees is a multi-year winner, exemplifying a commitment to excellence and an unwavering dedication to maintaining world-class professional baseball playing surfaces.
Short Season or Rookie – Matt Neri, State College Spikes (State College, Pa.)
Phipps is being honored for the fifth time in his career and fourth consecutively (2008, 2013, 2014, 2015). Burgess is a second-time winner (2008), while Griffin and Neri are first-time winners, joining an elite class of sports turf managers. Additionally, Griffin was the inaugural winner of STMA’s “Stars and Stripes” contest in July.