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Infield Mixes: 
What Works Best Now
April 3, 2007  --  Issue 2
Better Fields for Better Play
Jim Reiner

You need more baseball dirt for your infield.  What do you do?

Most folks just call the local landscape supplier and ask for another 5-10 yard load of crushed brick for their baseball field. 

Is this the best thing to do?

Well, it depends on who you are trying to please by adding more dirt:

  • the budget guy says keep the price as low as possible
  • the field maintenance guys says he can only spend 10 minutes max prepping the field
  • the players just want good bounces and good footing

So, what do YOU do?

If you're like me, you want the best infield mix so the players have a safe and playable field.

Generally this means the infield mix needs a combination of clay, silt, and sand.  The higher the competition or the older the players, the more clay you need in the mix.

For example, a good baseball mix for PONY league and high school is 50% crushed red brick, 20% clay, and 30% soil.  A professional mix is 60% clay and 40% tichert #2 sand.

Now what would you end up with if you try to please the others:

  • For the overly budget conscious guy: get cheap gray track fines which is just ground up rocks.  Cheap, but not very good footing and little moisture management.  As I write this stuff is $15 a yard.
  • For the maintenance guy who wants to work fast and get on with other things: get the fines or get a load of nothing but decomposed granite or crushed brick. It will drag fast (and create lips as well.)  Bad footing, but easy to level out.  But not good for moisture management.  As I write this stuff is approximately $25 a yard.

Me, I'm in this for the players.  I'll get a good infield mix that is 50% crushed lava rock and 50% clay.  As I write this mix costs $29 a yard.

If we don't look out for the players, who will?  They just want to play.  Hopefully you are looking out for them as well.

Have fun!

Yours for a better baseball experience more often,

J. Reiner

Jim Reiner
Publisher, Editor, & Groundskeeper

The Ultimate Baseball Field Renovation Guide

For an actual dirt upgrade project using the best infield mix for players, see this senior little league project.