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Old 03-20-18, 04:08 PM
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Question Grass base paths down first and third?

The season starts this week but the baseball chatter is pretty slow!

So with that...

I'm noticing more fields are going to grass base paths down the first and third base lines. Is it simply because it's easier to maintain or is something else at play?
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Old 03-20-18, 04:13 PM
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I think some think that it looks better. Personally, I've never been a fan of it.
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Old 03-21-18, 09:12 AM
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I think some think that it looks better. Personally, I've never been a fan of it.
That's interesting that schools would change it simply due to aesthetics. Seems to me like it would slow down base-runners. Anyway, I wasn't sure how common this was becoming, but most of the GMC schools have grass now.

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Old 03-21-18, 09:53 AM
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Seems like more of a maintenance move. No longer have to hand rake the baselines. You can line it once a week versus everyday. Haven't seen a lot of school do this recently, but know of some that have been that way for a while. IMO some fields are better off without grass in the infield at all. Just depends how much time and resources a school is willing to put into the baseball diamond
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Old 03-21-18, 11:22 AM
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Definitely due to maintenance, IMO.
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Old 03-21-18, 12:33 PM
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Maintenance issue for sure. I am fine with it as I do not think it hinders play too much as long as it is mowed to a short level. Fewer rainouts too as if you can tarp the mound and home plate then you only have skinned part of IF to deal with.

Now I do not like the places that have all grass infields except the bases cut out. The hops in the spring are brutal and it is not real baseball. I see some schools now going with turf infields with bases cut out and then grass in the OF. This is really the best in terms of maintenance if you can afford it. It plays fast but you get true hops at least.
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Old 03-21-18, 10:32 PM
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The grass down the lines in the IF is definitely a maintenance move. The less "skin" you have in the infield, the easier it is.

All skinned infields tend to get unplayable quicker, though that's a sub-varsity and a youth concern.

I've seen some fields that are 100% turf infield except for the mound. Obviously that's money and resources involved, but it reduces the rainouts.
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Old 03-22-18, 07:33 AM
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We actually cut out our grass after years of fighting the leadoff area of 3rd base. Every year was a re-seed trying to get it to establish but it never took a chance.
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Old 03-22-18, 09:09 AM
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It's a maintenance issue and I prefer it if they mow it pretty tight.

Depends on the school and who they allow to work on a field, some do a great job and then there are the programs/schools that do a terrible job and it shows over a short period of time.
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Old 03-22-18, 01:30 PM
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Seems like more of a maintenance move. No longer have to hand rake the baselines. You can line it once a week versus everyday. Haven't seen a lot of school do this recently, but know of some that have been that way for a while. IMO some fields are better off without grass in the infield at all. Just depends how much time and resources a school is willing to put into the baseball diamond
Shouldn't be allowed to play on all dirt infields IMO.
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Old 03-22-18, 06:46 PM
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For next season our school is going to push to go to the grass baselines down 1st and 3rd by sodding it. Maintenance issue absolutely. A lot of time is spent raking the baselines and trying to keep it leveled so water doesn't pool. If you have an area where water does pool even a bit, it makes it tough getting that area dried up without causing too much of a bigger hole.

This is doing this with a limited budget and limited maintenance help. Many schools face this issue. Done right, this can look very good on a baseball field.
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Old 03-23-18, 12:29 PM
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Not a fan.
It may look good to start but we host so many games it starts to look ragged.
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Old 03-27-18, 01:15 PM
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With the rain and snow we have been getting up north, it is just a mud pit, grass looks better and is a lower maintenance
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Old 03-27-18, 01:32 PM
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Athens has went to that. Looks a lot better
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