Parrott named EL's top groundskeeper

Baysox veteran earns Diamond Pro award for second time

By Eastern League | August 18, 2014 5:30 PM ET

PORTLAND, Maine -- Eastern League President Joseph McEacharn is pleased to announce Matt Parrott of the Bowie Baysox has been named the winner of the 2014 Eastern League Diamond Pro Sports Field Manager of the Year Award. It is the second time in his career that Matt has won this award, which is selected based on voting by Eastern League field staff and umpires. He previously won the award in 2011.

Matt is currently in his 12th season with the Bowie Baysox. After serving as the head groundskeeper with the Baysox, he was promoted to oversee all aspects of the operations in his current role as Director of Field and Facility Operations. Matt is a native of Boone, North Carolina and received his BSBA undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and an AAS Turfgrass Management degree from North Carolina State University. He currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Christy and daughter Ryann.

In presenting Matt with this award the Eastern League and Diamond Pro would also like to recognize Brandon Rolfe, Jake Hess, Jeremy Lamb, Fred Bedell, and Nick Martin, who are also members of the grounds crew at Prince George's Stadium.

"We join Diamond Pro in recognizing Matt Parrott as a true professional, dedicated employee and ambassador for the turf management industry," said Bowie Baysox General Manager Brian Shallcross. "Matt is universally respected by co-workers, industry peers, field staff, and former employees to which he has mentored. His attention to the small details and persistence in finding more efficient and effective methods to improve our baseball operation distinguishes his work. We are proud of Matt's accomplishments and this earned award."

Diamond Pro offers a complete line of professional groundskeeping products which include infield conditioners, calcined clay products, mound and home plate clays, clay bricks, marking dust, green divot sand, infield and warning track mixes. Diamond Pro® professional groundskeeping products deliver long lasting performance and quality while enhancing the look and feel of a well-maintained field. Diamond Pro is a subsidiary of Dallas, Texas based Trinity Industries, Inc. a diversified industrial company that owns market-leading businesses which provide products and services to the energy, chemical, transportation, and construction sectors. For more information about Diamond Pro, be sure to visit their official website at and follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@Diamondpropgp).

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