The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball announced on Monday that Haymarket Park, the home of the Lincoln Saltdogs, is the 2010 recipient of the league’s “Best Playing Field” award. The honor, which is voted on by the league’s managers and media representatives, encompasses all aspects of the ballpark. Haymarket Park has earned the award in each of its ten years in existence, including each of the American Association’s first five seasons.
“From the day Haymarket Park opened in 2001, it’s been one of the best facilities in all of minor league baseball,” said Saltdogs general manager Tim Utrup, “and we continue striving to keep it that way. To receive this award for the tenth consecutive season is a testament not only to the quality of this ballpark, but also the work that goes into keeping this facility in top condition day in and day out. We’re also proud of the fact that this award is voted on by the field managers and media reps, since those are the people that make their living at ballparks all season long. I want to congratulate Josh Klute, Dave Aschwege and their staffs for the job they’ve done this year in maintaining the entire facility. They’re part of the tradition that makes Haymarket Park one of the best places for baseball in the country.”
Klute is in his fifth year as the Athletic Turf Manager at Haymarket Park; he was assisted in 2010 by J.J. Borecky and Jennifer Roeber. Aschwege is in his second year as the Director of Stadium Operations; he was assisted this season by Brett Myers.
“This wouldn’t have been possible without the great work that Jen and, J.J. put in, as well as our interns, Cory Wilder, Kyle Buchholz and Zach Hansen,” said Klute. “We have all put in a lot of long and tiresome hours throughout the year to try and maintain the field so it is the safest and best manicured field around. We all take a lot of pride in our work, and this is just a small reward for our efforts. Thanks also to the whole Saltdogs organization, because I appreciate their understanding of what it takes to complete the kind of work we do. Without their support the end results would not be possible.”
During the 2010 season, the Lincoln Saltdogs and Haymarket Park ranked third in attendance in the American Association, with a total of 163,676 fans over 48 home dates.