The home field for the Springfield Cardinals has been honored as the best in Double-A baseball for the second straight year and the seventh overall.
The Sports Turf Managers Association announced the overall award and also that Hammons Field Manager of Field & Stadium Operations Brock Phipps is the Double-A Sports Turf Manager of the Year.
“Being able to watch Brock, Derek and our entire staff work day-after-day and year-after-year to keep Hammons Field among the elite playing surfaces in Minor League Baseball and all professional baseball is an incredible process to witness,” Springfield Cardinals Vice President / General Manager Dan Reiter said in a statement. “Our entire staff takes a ton of pride in providing an elite playing surface for the future of Cardinals Baseball to play on while maintaining a beautiful, welcoming and fun environment for our community to enjoy.”
This year Hammons Field hosted 70 Springfield Cardinals games, Missouri State baseball home games, numerous clinics, on-field fan events, and high school baseball games.
“This crew and this field earning Double-A Field of the Year is always a special honor, especially with the talented groundskeepers throughout this level of professional baseball,” Brock Phipps said in a statement. “Bringing this award back to Springfield for a seventh time in the last 11 years is humbling and shows the expertise, passion and commitment of Manager of Field & Stadium Operations Derek Edwards and our entire crew. It also exemplifies the unwavering support provided year-round by the Springfield Cardinals front office staff.”