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BEACON Ballfields Exclusive Weekly Tips ! ( Sept. ’17 ) !

September 18, 2017   |   BeaconAthletics.com    |   Ballfields.com

THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP

 “A groundskeeper’s goal is to allow hitters and pitchers to focus on their job at hand and not worry about the surface beneath them…”

We are all groundskeepers and turfgrass managers at many different levels of baseball. All of us – myself included – spend a great deal of time working on how to grow grass and manage infield dirt to achieve the highest level of playability possible on our fields. However, the reality is that in baseball the most important aspect of the game is the interaction, the confrontation, of the hitter and the pitcher. That pitch-by-pitch matchup is what drives the game. Everything else follows in its path.

Recently, I was fortunate to be part of a conference call that included Dr. Trey Rogers from Michigan State University. He stated that one of the first things he tells his students is there is not one perfect turfgrass. I agree, Dr. Rogers is 100% correct in his assessment. So let me offer this to you: when it comes to mound and home plate clay, there is not one perfect type of clay. Beacon Athletics makes a great effort to offer the finest bagged clay options on the market. Over the past two decades I have sampled clay from pretty much every major distributor in the country. We are fortunate that there are many quality options available regionally and nationally when it comes to mound and plate clay. The variables that impact these products are climate and weather… Continue reading this article from Minnesota Twins head groundskeeper Larry DiVito on Ballfields.comThe Hitter, The Pitcher, and You

Visit Ballfields.com frequently for tips & articles andGroundskeeperU.com for online training.

ProFlex Hose — SAVE $36-$56

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Deluxe Fast Retrieve Measuring Tape — SAVE up to $26

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours!  Ultra-fast rewind is three times as fastwith metal planetary gearing — no more stripped gears. No stretch with double-nylon coated steel blade. High-visibility orange polycarbonate case. Limited lifetime warranty.  — Reg. $55-135 NOW $45-109 (valid for 100′, 200′, or 300′ thru September 30)

OPEN BOX ITEM OF THE WEEK

OPEN BOX Item — 3×7 Softball Batter’s Box Liner — SAVE $195!  — Batter’s box liner, easy to use. Only the softball 3′ x 7′ remains… Brand-new condition. Only one left. First come, first served! Batter’s Box Liner

Great Deals for September!

Click for great deals and superior value from the Beacon Store. We’re highlighting selected products from The Ultimate Ballfield Resource. Our motivation is to help you work smarter with innovative products and to help you make your ballfields more playable and safe. We’ve been helping America maintain and improve its fields since 1948. And remember, if you’re not happy, we’re not happy. If something’s not right, we’ll refund your purchase price and pay for the return shipping. We guarantee 100% satisfaction. Whatever you need for your ballfield, think Beacon. 

View September Specials –

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