Baseball is known as a game in which consistency plays a large role in success. For example, a starting pitcher is looking for a quality start every time he toes the rubber. It’s the same thing for baseball grounds crews — consistency of your venue’s infield surface is something to strive for each and every day during the season.
Dan Bergstrom, CFSM, knows a thing or two about infield maintenance. Bergstrom — the head sports turf manager at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston (home of Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo) — spent several years as the head groundskeeper for the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. He spoke as part of a baseball panel at January’s 2017 STMA Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. One of the topics Bergstrom and fellow panel members discussed was the importance of a consistent infield:
- “You’re looking for that same quality infield surface day-in and day-out, game-in and game-out, no matter what distractions you have,” he said.
- Bergstrom also noted that it’s in your career’s best interest to strive for consistent playing surfaces at your facility. “The guys and gals that keep delivering that quality surface, no matter what challenges they’re facing, are the ones who keep getting the opportunities to move up,” he said.
- “Delivering the same results every single night at 7 p.m. for a baseball game involves a lot of different inputs, all morning and all afternoon,” Bergstrom added.