August 15, 2013 - Eastern League (EL) - Altoona Curve
CURVE, Pa. - Altoona Curve Head Groundskeeper Ben Young has been named the 2013 Eastern League Diamond Pro Sports Field Manager of the Year in a pregame announcement made today at Peoples Natural Gas Field by the Eastern League. It's the first career E.L. Sports Field Manager of the Year accolade for Young and it's the first time a Curve head groundskeeper has taken home the award since 2006. The yearly award is voted upon by field staffs and umpires of the 12-team Eastern League.
Young, who is in his second season as the head groundskeeper with the Curve, spent time Glendale, Ariz. maintaining the spring training facility of the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers before coming to Curve, Pa. Prior to his time in Arizona, Young spent five seasons with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League where he took home the "Craig Kuhl" Award for best groundskeeper of the year in 2010.
Also deserving recognition for the care of Peoples Natural Gas Field during 2013 are Young's full-time assistants Cody Kaniecki and Andrew Keller as well as game-day employees Alexis Ebersole, Bobby Hughes, Chris Krozel, Craig Replogle and Shayne Rossman.
"Ben has done a tremendous job with our playing surface since the moment we hired him two years ago," said Curve General Manager Rob Egan. "He's focused on playability first and foremost and is excellent in working with the players and coaches to ensure the field is the best it can be.
"This has been a trying season weather-wise in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic that has posed challenges to the surface and the ability to play games as scheduled. Because of his organized field maintenance schedule and outstanding relationships with our staff, umpires, and local meteorologists, he has ensured quality playing conditions even in adverse weather. We could not be prouder of the job Ben has done and are thrilled to see him rewarded for his efforts."
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