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Rays’ Dan Moeller has even more ground to cover

The longtime Tropicana Field groundskeeper adds duties as director of operations at the Port Charlotte facility.
Head groundskeeper Dan Moeller hand paints the stencil used to apply the ALDS logo on the turf at Tropicana Field onOct. 6, 2019.
Head groundskeeper Dan Moeller hand paints the stencil used to apply the ALDS logo on the turf at Tropicana Field onOct. 6, 2019. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times (2019) ]
Published Jan. 21, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays gave longtime Tropicana Field head groundskeeper Dan Moeller more work to do.

Moeller will take on additional duties as director of operations at the Port Charlotte complex where the Rays hold spring training and have a year-round base of minor-league operations. They no longer will have a full-season minor-league team there, having shifted the Class A affiliate to Charleston, S.C.

Moeller’s new responsibilities include management of security, ticketing, promotions, sponsorships and budgeting, in addition to field maintenance and landscaping. Moeller also will handle coordination of major- and minor-league spring training; the extended spring training, Gulf Coast League and instructional league programs; and county-sponsored tournaments held at the Charlotte Sports Park.

“Dan has long contributed to the success of our organization as head groundskeeper,” Rays president Matt Silverman said in a release. “His skills and character are a great fit to also take on our management of Charlotte Sports Park.”

Moeller, 61, is entering his 20th season as head groundskeeper and 24th with the team. In addition to heading up the staff at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park, he also is an advisor for the Rays academy in the Dominican Republic and the team’s community field renovation program.

“I’m honored to take on this role at our facility in Port Charlotte,” Moeller said. “I look forward to working with the Charlotte Sports Park personnel and further strengthening the relationship between the Rays organization and Charlotte County.”

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