"We want to make an impact in this community and we understand our social responsibility," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "It is particularly special when we can build our fields in Phoenix and in the shadow of Chase Field. In order for the D-backs and baseball to succeed we need more kids playing the game and what better way to honor a man that has given so much to baseball than to name this field after one of baseball's most well-known executives, Roland Hemond."
Hall was among several key D-backs and Phoenix officials on hand at the dedication ceremony, including Hemond, D-backs Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa, Arizona Public Service Chairman & CEO Don Brandt and Councilwoman Kate Gallego.
"We at APS share the D-backs' passion in giving back to the community and touching the lives of many Arizonans," said Don Brandt, APS Chairman, President and CEO. "The D-backs are a great example to other teams in Major League Baseball and other businesses in Arizona. The field building program is just one way that both APS and the D-backs share our commitment to the communities we serve."
Hemond was the second recipient of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He is currently in his eighth season with the D-backs and is a three-time winner of MLB's Executive of the Year award. He has 64 years of professional baseball experience, including 23 seasons as a general manager for the White Sox and Orioles. Hemond is considered the architect of the Arizona Fall League and is the only non-uniformed personnel to have received the esteemed Branch Rickey Award.
"He has spirit and loves the game and if you want to give Roland a tribute, having kids play on a field in his name is the best thing you can do," said La Russa.
"This is very touching for me and I look forward to this summer and seeing kids play on this field," said Hemond. "I hope everyone is enjoying the moment and I know better days are ahead starting this season."
Arizona Diamondbacks employees teamed up to clean up the neighborhood surrounding Roland Hemond Field by picking up trash, weeding and tree trimming in the month leading up to today's dedication.
Roland Hemond Field is located at Alkire Park, 1602 West Pima Street, Phoenix, Ariz. 85007
Since 2000, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has built or refurbished 35 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.
Roland Hemond Field (Phoenix)
Brad Ziegler Field (Prescott)
Aaron Hill Field (Parker)
Justin Upton Field (Downtown Phoenix)
Joe Garagiola, Sr. Field (Flagstaff)
Dan Haren Field (Scottsdale)
Eric Byrnes Field (Phoenix)
D-votion Field (Goodyear)
Doug Davis Field (Camp Verde)
Brandon Webb Field (Phoenix)
Chad Tracy Field (Phoenix)
Rich Dozer Field (Phoenix)
Partners Field (Phoenix)
Mark Grace Thunderbolt Field (Glendale)
Matt Williams Family Field (Show Low)
Craig Counsell Field (Buckeye)
Luis Gonzalez Field (Tempe)
Shawn Green Field (Peoria)
Troy Glaus Field (Casa Grande)
Danny Bautista Field (Phoenix)
Shea Hillenbrand Field (Chandler)
Elmer Dessens Field (Tucson)
Matt Mantei Field (Tempe)
Mark Grace Field (Flagstaff)
Miguel Batista Field (Sacaton)
Jerry Colangelo Field (South Phoenix)
Todd Stottlemyre Field (Guadalupe)
Armando Reynoso Field (Yuma)
Brian Anderson Field (Glendale)
Steve Finley Field (Phoenix)
Curt Schilling Field (Phoenix)
Randy Johnson Field (Phoenix)
O'Callaghan Field (Phoenix)
Jay Bell Field (Phoenix)
Matt Williams Field (Phoenix)