Mariners Groundskeeper Shares Expertise in Korea
What does a Mariners groundskeeper do when he’s not tending to Safeco Field? He travels halfway around the world to work at someone else’s ballpark.
Mariners Assistant Groundskeeper Tim Wilson is just back from a trip to Korea where he consulted at four pro stadiums. Wilson spent nine days in Korea in early March working with crews from the Samsung Lions in Taegu City, the NC Dinos of Changwon City, LG Twins in Seoul and Seoul Olympic Stadium.
In total, Wilson helped build 13 pitchers mounds (field and bullpen), set four home plate cutouts, finish-graded dirt infields, set bases, and consulted on grass and turf care and maintenance.
Wilson got the gig on a referral from his friend Luke Yoder, who is the head groundskeeper for the San Diego Padres. When Wilson got the offer he jumped at the chance to go.
“It was an honor to represent Major League Baseball and the Seattle Mariners and do what I could to help out a few teams in Korea. I was treated like a VIP the entire trip, not only by my interpreter and driver, but by each team and staff I was able to meet with,” says Wilson.
By coincidence, while Wilson was in Changwon City he got word that the Dinos had just signed former Mariners outfielder Eric Thames. Put that one in the “small world” folder.
Wilson had a chance to go to Australia to do some consulting with teams there. Unfortunately, the schedule didn’t work out. But he’s already agreed to go back to Korea in the fall to help with three new stadiums being built there.
“It’s exciting to see how professional baseball is expanding worldwide and the art of groundskeeping and field maintenance is improving as well,” says Wilson.