Isotopes' ground crew aims for perfection on the field
June 12, 2018 06:51 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Isotopes grounds crews take a lot of pride in their work. Whether the Isotopes are home or on the road, the field crew is hard at work.
"As soon as the team leaves for a road trip, we already are starting towards the opening day of the next homestand," said Clint Belau, who started with the Isotopes in 2013 in stadium operations.
In 2018, he became head groundskeeper. It was a dream come true for Belau.
"I get to do what I love for a living and that's kind of what made me get into baseball in the first place," he said.
Keeping the field intact starts bright and early.
“Typically, I get here at 6:00 a.m. and I start working on our infield, or the skin as we call it, so that we can have proper moisture in it and get everything as level and as consistent as possible," Belau said.
When the Topes are gone, Belau heads a crew of five. But on game day, up to 17 people help get every blade of grass and every spec of dirt perfect.
“The fact that they are here allows us to get more done. It helps us be more time efficient. It's just, I couldn't do it without them, said Belau. “(We) take a lot of pride in the field and so none of us are ever here counting hours, we're just trying to make it look as good as we possibly can."
Updated: June 12, 2018 06:51 PM
Created: June 12, 2018 06:45 PM
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