PENSACOLA, Fla., - Five-time Southern League Groundskeeper of the Year Ray Sayre is departing the Pensacola Blue Wahoos to serve as the Head Groundskeeper at Carpenter Complex, the spring training site of the Philadelphia Phillies and Gulf Coast League Phillies.
"We are thrilled for his accomplishment to take his career to the next level," said team President Jonathan Griffith. "We are very excited to see him continue to grow at the Major League Baseball level."
"The past seven years have been amazing for myself and my family," said Sayre. "I'm very appreciative of my co-workers, staff, players and fans that have made me part of Pensacola. What I learned with the Blue Wahoos will help me as I make this next step in my career."
With over 17 years of experience, Sayre joined the Blue Wahoos before the inaugural season during construction of the facility in December of 2010. Since 2013, Sayre has been voted Groundskeeper of the Year by Southern League managers and umpires for five straight years.
Serving as a multi-use facility, the Blue Wahoos host over 120 games and events with Sayre leading the setup of all activities on the field, including University of West Florida Division II football.
Before making the move to Pensacola, Sayre previously worked for several minor league teams including the Louisville Bats, Greenville Drive and Bowling Green Hotrods. Growing up in Lexington, Ky., Sayre graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Turfgrass Management.
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All profits from the Studer Family of Companies are re-invested into job creation and funding early childhood education initiatives conducted by the Studer Community Institute including its plan to make Pensacola America's First Early Learning City.
The vision of the Studer Family of Companies is to make the Pensacola metro area the greatest place to live in the world.
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