Pitcher's Mound (my first)

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by foreplease, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,642

    Awsome job.... after playing 8 years of organized baseball I had no idea they put bricks under the mound and batter's box....who wudda thunk it!:confused:
  2. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,370

    You guys understand that these are bricks of mound clay, not fired bricks like used in construction.

    The warning track at Comerica Park is crushed granite. We had a groundskeeper visit from the Northern League, a team in Minnesota, and her infield skin is the same material. Volcanic rock seems like that.
  3. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    You didn't think it because this is probably the one and only time bricks were used to construct the mound

    He keeps trying to make the point that the bricks are not fired, they will eventually, hopefully, return to their clay state

    Use diamond clay for mounds please, those bricks will beat your childs shins and knees to death before they get through a season

    Dumb idea, "hey dad let go practice for hours and hours on concrete" not smart
  4. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    I have read many of your posts and enjoyed them. I think you are bright and fair-minded. We disagree on this, however, and I beleive you have missed the mark on this topic. This is how most mounds are built at the higher levels of play.

  5. jmoore16135

    jmoore16135 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Totally agree with 'foreplease', a well built mound is usually built with clay bricks. Like 'Tscape' mentioned, mound bricks are made of clay. A properly maintained mound made with bricks will be just the same as a mound made of bagged clay. The biggest problems with pitching mounds is the maintenance of the mound. Bagged clay hardens up just like a clay brick would if it isn't kept moist enough.
  6. Birdand2

    Birdand2 LawnSite Member
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    Messages: 2

    Nice, I like the pictures. Good work
  7. Creative Cuts

    Creative Cuts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    Looks good, work at local college and always use bricks on mounds and batters box, only thing i do different is stagger the seams and always tarp and hand water
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  8. LangerDU

    LangerDU LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    If you're renovating an existing mound, typically one layer of Mound Blocks is sufficient to provide a firm foundation for pitchers and batters (and saves having to excavate as deep!) Most Blocks are 2.5" thick so that's a pretty good base that will hold up to wear. It's beneficial to water and tamp the Blocks when they are being installed to help mold the surface into a solid sheet of clay. Blocks left in place as individual pieces are more likely to shift and form holes as infield mix settles in between them.
  9. craigs lawncare

    craigs lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 307

    Hey, lover this thread.
    Your pitchers mound looks fantastic...!
    I have actually been considering building a practice mound for my son who is a freshman to practice pitching in the summer.
    Let me give you a little background. I live in Michigan. My ground is clay. I will be building the mound on the north side of my house rather close to my home, so the house will offer some shade from the direct sun at least part of the day. I plan on buying a tarp to cover it. most of the time.
    Where can I find the materials? (bricks & dirt to cover the mound)

  10. LangerDU

    LangerDU LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Craig - it depends on where in Michigan you are located as far as a nearby distributor of Mound Blocks and Mound Clay. I work for Turface and do not mean to use this site for commercial purposes, but since you asked for a place to buy products, I'd suggest checking out turface.com and using the distributor locator to see who might be close to you in Michigan. Hope that helps!

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