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KBO invites MLB field consultant to evaluate stadiums

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SEOUL, July 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top baseball league announced Tuesday that it has invited a veteran field expert for Major League Baseball (MLB) to conduct reviews on ballparks here and establish guidelines for maintenance.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Murray Cook, president of Brickman Sports Turf and field and ballpark consultant for MLB, will be in South Korea from Tuesday to Friday to review facilities at baseball stadiums here.

Cook and his delegation will study the stadiums' grounds, grass, fences, lighting and nets. According to the KBO, Cook will follow inspection standards that apply to venues for MLB games and the World Baseball Classic, among other major events.

The KBO said based on Cook's evaluation, it will compile a new maintenance guide for the ballparks and distribute copies to KBO clubs and regional governments that operate the baseball stadiums.

In 2013, nine KBO teams are playing at eight different stadiums. Two Seoul-based clubs, the LG Twins and the Doosan Bears, share the Jamsil Stadium as their home. A 10th club, the KT Wiz, is scheduled to join the KBO in 2015, with Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, as its home town.

Dubbed the "Field Guru," Cook has over three decades of experience managing professional and amateur baseball fields worldwide. He has published "Baseball Field Maintenance: A Genera Guide for Fields of All Levels," through the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a joint initiative of MLB and the MLB Players Association.

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