For the fourth year in a row, TinCaps head groundskeeper Keith Winter and assistant groundskeeper Andrew Burnette were chosen for the Midwest League Sports Turf Manager/Grounds Crew of the Year Award.
"This honor is a credit to knowledge, hard work, and resources," Winter, who joined the TinCaps in 2010, said in a statement. "When those three things line up, you have a successful grounds crew. But we're really just an extension of the overall success of the entire TinCaps organization."
The Fort Wayne grounds crew, comprised of Winter, Burnette and five other staffers, is now up for Single-A Field of the Year. That award is given out by the Sports Turf Manager Association during baseball winter meetings in December in Orlando, Fla.
"We're extremely proud of Keith, Andrew, and the entire TinCaps Grounds Crew for making Parkview Field's playing surface Major League caliber," TinCaps President Mike Nutter said in a statement. "This is an award we also share with the San Diego Padres, the city of Fort Wayne and our great fans."