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G-Braves Ball named turf manager of the year

Already named the International League’s turf manager of the year, the Gwinnett Braves groundskeeper Chris Ball added another honor on Thursday.

Minor League Baseball named Ball, nicknamed Butter, as its Class AAA turf manager of the year. It is this first time winning the honor for Ball in just his second year managing a triple-A ballpark. With the honor, Ball becomes the first groundskeeper to win the honor in multiple classifications. Ball won the same honor in Class A in 2007 and 2010 with Myrtle Beach.