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Big Ten tourney up for grabs

Big Ten ConferenceThe Big Ten baseball tournament is up after this year’s tourney in Columbus, with several ballpark operators already submitting bids — including two in Omaha.

The tournament is held in late May, with the winner awarded an automatic NCAA tourney bid. Since moving to a neutral site the tournament has been held in Columbus, with most games scheduled for Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers (Class AAA; International League). That arrangement ends with this year’s tournament.

One metro area making a push to land the tournament: Omaha, where Big Ten officials toured both TD Ameritrade Park, home of the College Word Series, and Werner Park, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League). We’re guessing other operators will be stepping up with bids — we had a long chat once with Minnesota Twins officials about their desire to bring the tourney to Target Field, and it would surprise us if the Clippers didn’t make a bid. And, of course, after this article comes out we’d be surprised if some other aggressive ballpark operators were to throw their hats in the ring as well.


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