Scotts is making a difference in local communities across the country through the Scotts Field Refurbishment Program in partnership with Major League Baseball and MLB teams. As part of MLB’s Play Ball initiative, Scotts began this initiative in 2016 and will renovate 12 fields over the course of the two seasons.
The program identifies youth baseball and softball fields in need of repair in order to give kids a safe place to play, be active and make memories outside on grass. In addition to the work on the field, Scotts hosts a ribbon cutting event with a youth baseball clinic run by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation in each of the cities and donates a new equipment package to the local leagues. Here are some of the stories from this season so far:
Los Angeles, CA
Scotts and MLB partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers to refurbish a youth baseball field at the Ramona Gardens Clubhouse Baseball Field in Los Angeles, CA. The field is used by the Boys and Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley and will be added to the renowned rosters of “Dodger Dreamfields” and Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation Youth Development Parks. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten, as well as many other Dodgers and MLB representatives.
In partnership with the Texas Rangers, Scotts and MLB refurbished a youth field at the Pleasant Oaks Baseball Field in Dallas, TX. Enhancements made to the field included a new natural grass infield with no pitcher’s mound so that the field can be used by both youth baseball and softball leagues. The Rangers team mascot “Rangers Captain”, former Rangers player Rich Billings, and former MLB player and Rangers Director of Youth Baseball Programs Homer Bush were among the guests at the field’s ribbon cutting event on April 6, 2017.
Scotts and MLB partnered with the Seattle Mariners to refurbish a youth baseball field in Snohomish, WA. The field is home to the North Snohomish Little League and thanks to Scotts contributions, the league now has a new field to accommodate the intermediate age group from 11-13 on a full sized field. The field was dedicated by Scotts, MLB and the Mariners on May 1, 2017 with the Mariner Moose, Mariners legend Dave Valle, and head groundskeeper Bob Christofferson in attendance.