Baseball America is pleased to announce that a photo of the Mat-Su Miners Ballpark (Hermon Brothers Field) has been selected for Baseball America’s 2014 Great Parks Calendar! Congratulations to the Miners!
For baseball fans, this is the only way to get through the year. Each month features a beautiful color photograph of a great professional baseball park, with an emphasis on the new parks being built across North America. Available in November
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The home of the Alaska Baseball League’s Mat-Su Miners was featured in the documentary “Touching the Game-Alaska,” nationally released in 2009. In 2004, Hermon Brothers Field was named the top high school baseball field in the country by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Turface Field Maintenance.
Baseball America announced last week that Hermon Brothers Field will be included in its 2014 Great Parks Calendar.
“It’s pretty cool,” longtime Miners general manager Pete Christopher said.
Christopher, who has spent countless days maintaining the field since he was named Miners’ general manager in 2002, said he was pleasantly surprised to learn of his park’s selection to be part of the Baseball America calendar. The field, carved into a forest in the middle of the Alaska State Fairgrounds, is known for its picturesque views and backdrop of Pioneer Peak.
Christopher said it’s that what separates Hermon Brothers from the average ballpark.
“How can you compete with Pioneer Peak?” Christopher said. “It’s hard, especially when it has snow on it.”
Christopher said everything started with an unrelated conversation with a Baseball America official. The person said they were involved with the creation of the calendar and asked for pictures. Christopher submitted photos of the field, including a picture taken by Valley resident Sienna Best. The photo taken by Best was seen as the best, and Baseball America tabbed it for the month of January in its 2014 calendar.
Christopher said he’s proud to see the field profiled, but also very happy to see the community recognized. Contributions from the community, both financial and in volunteer effort, have greatly aided in the consistent upgrades and improvements to the ballpark. The latest effort included a complete re-sodding of the field.