A Tour of the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C.

From SABR member Austin Gisriel on October 27, 2011:

If you’re a “baseball tourist” as I am, you’re always on the lookout for interesting baseball sites whenever you travel. On a recent visit to Cary, North Carolina, I had the opportunity to tour the USA Baseball National Training Complex which was opened in 2007 and is owned by the Town of Cary.

USA Baseball is the national governing body for baseball and as such represents the United States in international competition.  Three levels of youth teams, a woman’s team, a collegiate national team, and a professional team which plays in competitions such as the World Baseball Classic, comprise USA Baseball. The Golden Spikes Award, given to the nation’s top amateur ballplayer, is bestowed by USA Baseball.

The four fields that are part of the complex are each maintained according to major league standards. The dimensions are major league as well at 330′ down each line and 400′ to center field. Shimmering in the morning dew on my visit, the grass was absolutely weed-free and would put to shame many minor league parks. This is in spite of the fact that it is used by many groups besides USA Baseball including a local recreation league, according to my tour guide, Phil Davanzo a local teacher who also works for the Town of Cary.

Read the full article here: http://seamheads.com/2011/10/27/usa-baseball-national-training-complex-in-cary-nc/

Originally published: October 27, 2011. Last Updated: October 27, 2011.