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Mud Hens: Under The Dome

Turf preparations starting earlier this year due to weather

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    Jake Tyler, turf manager for the Mud Hens, finds green grass under the snow Monday, 03/03/14, at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio. The Mud Hens are using heaters under a tarp to thaw the field in preparation for the start of the baseball season.

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    The Toledo Mud Hens are using heaters under this domed tarp.

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    Heaters are helping to thaw the 16 inches of snow/ice that are covering Fifth Third Field.

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    Jake Tyler, turf manager for the Mud Hens, finds home plate under the snow Monday, 03/03/14, at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio. The Mud Hens are using heaters under a tarp to thaw the field in preparation for the start of the baseball season.

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    Jake Tyler, turf manager for the Mud Hens, finds home plate in the snow under the tarp, where the temperature is 75 degrees. It usually takes two weeks to get the field ready, but preparations are starting now because of the weather.

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The Toledo Mud Hens are using heaters under this domed tarp.

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Jake Tyler, turf manager for the Mud Hens, finds home plate under the snow Monday, 03/03/14, at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio. The Mud Hens are using heaters under a tarp to thaw the field in preparation for the start of the baseball season.

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It appears as if a dome has been constructed at Fifth Third Field, but it’s just the Mud Hens’ way of fighting the harsh winter to get the field ready by using heaters under a tarp to thaw the ground. The season opens at home April 4 against Louisville.

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Heaters are helping to thaw the 16 inches of snow/ice that are covering Fifth Third Field.

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