The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and APS unveiled Brad Ziegler Field in Prescott, Ariz., on May 16. The club's 34th 'Diamonds Back' field was dedicated to the 19 members of Prescott's Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighting crew who gave their lives in the line of duty last June.
D-backs reliever, Brad Ziegler, was a perfect match for the Field Building Program, he believes in giving back and is an ardent supporter of the military and all first responders. During the emotional dedication, Ziegler expressed how proud he was to have his name on a field associated with the firefighters and their legacies. The newly improved field will help get young kids excited about baseball while honoring the memory of those brave firefighters.
Since 2000, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has built or refurbished baseball fields representing a community investment of more than $10 million. With support from APS, and charitable contributions from D-backs players, the program has allowed children from across the state to play baseball and softball at quality facilities. The fields generally feature new lights, a branded electronic scoreboard, new fencing and backstops, new irrigation and new grass and dirt with additional support provided by local contractors and businesses.
The evaluation and determination of the location of each field is determined by a grant process. A new "Diamonds Back Field" is awarded annually.
Brad Ziegler Field in Prescott
Dedicated in 2014
Aaron Hill Field in Parker
Dedicated in 2013
Justin Upton Field in Phoenix
Dedicated in 2012
Joe Garagiola, Sr. Field in Flagstaff
Dedicated in 2012
Shawn Green Field in Peoria
Dedicated in 2005
The following is a list of fields that have been dedicated:2014 Dedication