Ballpark in Jackson getting a face lift and good news on Julio Morban

After 16 years, the Ballpark in Jackson is getting a much needed face lift to the playing surface. As soon as the home schedule ended on August 27, work began to replace and improve the drainage and irrigation systems. During the past few days, the final phase of laying sod has begun. Take a look at the time lapse of pictures and see how the surface is coming together.

On August 19, in Mobile, Julio Morban gave everyone a scare when he broke his right fibula sliding into second base. The scene was reminiscent of Carlos Triunfel’s broken leg back in 2009 in Montgomery. But, for Morban, who I talked too on Wednesday, things are going well in his rehab.

“I’m doing very good so far, I’m rehabbing in (Arizona), and my leg is healing pretty fast.”Morban1

Morban batted.295/.362/.468 with 20 doubles, 5 triples, 7 home runs and 44 RBIs in 86 games for the Generals in 2013. Hit batted .315/.381/.519 against right-handers and .241/.310/.329 against left-hadners. When he was healthy, Morban was one of the top offensive players in the Southern League, but due to his total number of plate appearances, he did not qualify for the league leaders.

His best month was undoubtedly the month of May when he batted .349/.391/.523 in 22 games.

Remember this? On March 15, the day Morban was sent down to minor league camp he hit two home runs against the Angels during Seattle’s 8-5 win. His first homer came off of Tommy Hanson and the second came against Billy Buckner. Jeremy Bonderman earned the win that day for the Mariners.

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