First the robo-umps, here comes the robo-mower

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The next evolution in baseball stadium management? Forget the robo-umps: we see the Louisville Bats (Class AAA; International League) setting up a robot lawn mower at Louisville Slugger Field for the 2022 season.

OK, so maybe we won’t see human guardians being replaced by robot mowers anytime soon. But it’s been a tough decade for groundskeepers, the unsung heroes of ballpark management, with more teams implementing improved synthetic turf to host non-baseball events on their fields.

the Louisville Bats are in partnership with Husqvarna to the CEORA robot mower at Louisville Slugger Field for the 2022 season. The robot mower will be controlled by gardeners to define work areas, set schedules and choose different cutting heights from their handheld device. Frequent and systematic high-precision mowing ensures the pitch is ready to play at all times. The system uses satellite-based EPOS (Exact Positioning Operating System) technology to define work areas and eliminates the need for physical peripheral cables. Plus, it will mow in the rain.

“The Louisville Bats are proud to partner with Husqvarna to bring this new technology to the world of minor league baseball,” said Brett Myers, Louisville Bats vice president of operations. “We are excited to be at the forefront of turf management innovation and implementing the best solutions at our facilities.”

Photo courtesy of Louisville Bats.


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Kevin Reichard is the founder and publisher of Ballpark Digest.


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