Springfield, MO - Minor League Baseball and the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) announced on Thursday that Hammons Field has been named the 2013 Double-A Field of the Year.
It marks the second time that Hammons Field has won the award, for which all 30 Double-A teams were eligible. The Springfield Cardinals and Hammons Field first captured the prestigious award in 2008.
The award is the most recent accolade for Hammons Field, which also received its third consecutive and fifth overall Texas League Field of the Year honors this year. Additionally, Cardinals Head Groundskeeper Brock Phipps was named the Double-A Sports Turf Manager of the Year, recognizing the excellent work of Phipps, Assistant Head Groundskeeper Derek Edwards and the entire field staff at Hammons Field.
"To know that we were voted Field of the Year in all of Double-A baseball is quite an honor and very humbling," said Phipps. "I'd especially like to commend our Assistant Head Groundskeeper Derek Edwards and the entire field crew for their superior work and expertise, as well as the entire front office of the Springfield Cardinals for their immeasurable support throughout the season."
"Brock and the staff are very dedicated to making Hammons Field beautiful for our fans and making the playing surface the very best it can be for the players," said Vice President/General Manager Matt Gifford. "We'd like to thank everyone at Hammons Industry for helping us uphold Mr. Hammons' tradition of excellence at Hammons Field. We're all very proud to have one of the finest ballparks in Minor League Baseball and represent the Texas League in receiving this honor."
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