The Bowie Baysox and the Eastern League of Professional Baseball Clubs announce that Baysox Director of Field and Facility Operations Matt Parrott has been named the Diamond Pro Sports Field Manager of the Year. It is the second year in a row that the Baysox Grounds Crew has received this award and the third time in the past five years.
Parrott, who is in his 13th season with the Baysox, receives this award along with Assistant Turf Manager Andrew Lawing and the members of the Baysox Grounds Crew: Fred Bedell, Jake Hess, Jeremy Lamb and Jimmy Goode. Lawing is in his first season with the Baysox after serving the past two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. He previously worked with USA Baseball after graduating from N.C. State University. Bedell has served more than 15 years on the Baysox Grounds Crew, along with Hess, who is in his fifth season, Lamb, who is in his third season and Goode who is new in 2015.
The members of the Baysox Grounds Crew were honored for their accomplishment by representatives from the Eastern League and from Diamond Pro Sports in a ceremony prior to the Baysox game Thursday, Aug. 20.
“We join Diamond Pro in recognizing Matt’s continued commitment to excellence for our organization,” said Baysox General Manager Brian Shallcross. “Over the years, the demands on turf managers have steadily been augmented by our industry. It takes a truly special manager to adapt to these demands while constantly pursuing and achieving the improvement to the safety and playability of our field.”
In both 2011 and 2014, Parrott was named the Diamond Pro Sports Eastern League Field Manager of the Year, which is voted on by field staff and umpires. In 2011, Parrott was also named the STMA (Sports Turf Managers Association) Double-A Sports Turf Manager of the Year.
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