Four Groundskeepers to be Honored at Winter Meetings in Nashville on December 7
The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) and Minor League Baseball (MiLB) have announced the 2015 “Sports Turf Manager of the Year” award winners.
Award winners include:
Triple-A: John Stewart, Syracuse Chiefs (Syracuse, New York)
Double-A: Brock Phipps, Springfield Cardinals (Springfield, Missouri.)
Single-A: Keith Winter, Fort Wayne Tincaps (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
Short Season or Rookie: David Yearout, Spokane Indians (Spokane, Washington)
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, three of the four honorees are multi-year winners.
“Each year, we highlight members in MiLB with the recognition they deserve for producing high-quality, safe and playable fields,” said Kim Heck, CEO of STMA. “In an industry where Mother Nature is unpredictable, these individuals find innovative and persistent ways to maintain excellent field conditions.”
Phipps and Winter are both being honored for the third consecutive time (2013, 2014). Yearout is a second-time winner (2014) and Stewart is a first-time winner, joining an elite class of sports turf managers.
Winners are selected via a 16-member awards committee, compiled by STMA. Each nominee is independently scored on cultural practices, game day routine, resource utilization, staff management and the groundskeeper’s involvement and support of the sports turf industry.