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Siebert Field is falling down

Siebert Field

It probably won’t cost as much to demolish Siebert Field as University of Minnesota officials anticipate: the place is falling down on its own, literally rotting away.

That was evidenced yesterday when Golden Gopher athletic officials discovered part of the batters eye was down, battered by heavy winds overnight. The support post was literally rotted away; as it ends up it didn’t take much for the support to give way. The other posts are apparently rotting as well.

Not that it matters much; the old ballpark hosted its last game on May 1, and next month University of Minnesota regents are expected to approve a $7.5 million replacement, with demolition of Siebert Field beginning this summer. The good news is that the new facility will be built on the current Siebert Field site, so the legacy of University of Minnesota baseball — populated by the likes of Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield and Terry Steinbach — will continue.

Image: Siebert Field in better days (2006).

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