On April 9, 2015, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and APS unveiled Roland Hemond Field in Phoenix, AZ. The club's 35th 'Diamonds Back' field is located less than three miles from Chase Field.
"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.
Hemond was the second recipient of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 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."
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.
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:2015 Dedication