Swinging for the Fences
Before a single major leaguer steps up to the plate on opening day March 26, 2020, industry players are already scoring with supply chain team-ups and spring training send-offs.
COVERING THE BASES
Spring training send-off MVP Old Dominion Freight Line helped 8 MLB clubs move equipment and other supplies across the country to warmer climes, including:
- The Los Angeles Angels. Haul: exercise equipment, consumables, and other spring training supplies. Spring base: Tempe, Arizona.
- The New York Mets. Haul: more than 10,000 items, including 600 baseball caps and four pitching machines.
DON’T JUST THROW IT
SC Johnson is fielding 1,000,000+ plastic cups used each season at Miller Park back into its supply chain, drafting the Milwaukee Brewers in a recycling play addressing one of the biggest sources of waste at their ballpark.
Starting with the 2020 season, spectators at Miller Park will be able to put PET-based drink cups with the SC Johnson logo in designated receptacles for the company to collect, clean, regrind, and recycle into its Scrubbing Bubbles bottles.
AHEAD OF THE GAME
The Maryland Stadium Authority, which manages Oriole Park at Camden Yards, is catching cigarette waste. Baltimore Orioles fans place discarded cigarettes in nine receptacles located around the stadium. The cigarettes are processed into plastic pellets that are then used to create recycled materials. The leftover tobacco is composted.
The Boston Red Sox marked Truck Day on Feb. 3, 2020, as a moving crew took about 5 hours to load a 53-foot truck with supplies for the team’s spring training in Florida.
For the 24th consecutive year, driver Al Hartz made the nearly 1,500-mile trip from Boston to Fort Myers with:
- 20,400 baseballs
- 1,100 bats
- 200 batting gloves
- 200 batting helmets
- 20 cases of bubble gum