Clay

23
Mar

Liam Carroll

It's been great to catch up with the various field improvements going on throughout British baseball, such as at Manchester, Herts and Essex Redbacks.

I spent a solid day in the Finsbury Park sun yesterday, helping the London Mets rebuild their home plate area and pitching mound.  The Mets have bought tonnes of clay that's suitable for heavy-use areas on the field, discovered by our resident field guru Brendan Cunliffe, who's been scouring the country for materials that are similar to the ones easily available in the USA.  Brendan has learned from some of the best baseball groundskeepers in the world, including MLB's field expert Murray Cook, who keeps an interesting blog that's worth checking out.

It seems that at just about every field in the country, after a few innings of use, there are holes or sandpits in batters and catchers boxes and on the mound.  Putting clay underneath the dirt in those areas keeps them solid.  So hopefully the Mets and all the teams that play in North London this year will be on even footing.  In the future we're aiming to provide a guide for clubs across the country to rebuild the heavy-use areas and provide a better, safer experience for all.  Don't forget to paint your bases when all the hard work is done.

Hopefully the photographers out there can capture all these new and improved facilities with entries for the British baseball and softball photo competitions.  Get snapping.

LC

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About Liam Carroll

Liam Carroll

Liam was a Regional Coach and then Development Coordinator for BaseballSoftballUK until May 2014. He returned to his hometown of London to work for BSUK in 2010 after stops in Somerset, Bristol, Cornwall, California and Nevada. Growing up playing in Britain, Liam made the move to America to study and play university baseball. After figuring out that his future would be brighter as a coach rather than player, he moved to the University of Nevada Las Vegas to finish his degree and coach college baseball. Since then he’s coached youth and adult teams on both sides of the atlantic and with the Great Britain Baseball National Teams.

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