Once again, it’s decision time for Gophers pitcher TJ Oakes.
Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 11th round of this year’s Major League Baseball draft, Oakes will decide this week whether to sign with his new team or return to the Gophers for his senior season.
“The [Rockies] scout is going to come out to our house sometime this week,” Oakes said. “We’ll try and work something out.”
Junior TJ Oakes said he’ll decide this week whether to sign with Colorado or stay with the Gophers.
For the first time in its 31-year history, the Big Ten baseball tournament will be held at a Major League Baseball facility.
Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, will host the 2013 Big Ten baseball tournament, the conference announced this month.
“I think it is a great opportunity to showcase Big Ten baseball in a major league facility. ... It’s going to impact our league and our recruiting,” Gophers head baseball coach John Anderson said. “I think it gives [the Big Ten] more credibility.”
The Gophers’ new Siebert Field likely needs millions of dollars in amenities before it will be ready to host the tournament.
The Gophers baseball team played one final game at Siebert Field on Tuesday night, and the weather almost wiped out the chance to play the 41-year-old park’s final contest. Plans have been laid for a new on-campus field to replace the current facility.
Vicious winds and a thunderstorm warning threatened and affected play Tuesday.
An announced attendance of 1,421 that included fans, alumni and other University of Minnesota athletes packed into Siebert Field’s tiny grandstand to watch the Gophers pummel St. Thomas, 9-2.
Andy Henkemeyer hit a grand slam, and the Gophers coasted to an easy win.
Siebert Field hasn’t seen much action lately. After Tuesday, it won’t see any at all.
The 41-year-old baseball stadium has steadily deteriorated over the last several years to the point where University officials deemed it nearly unplayable.
But intertwined in its deficiencies is a mystique unique to Siebert Field. Minnesota will experience that magic for the last time Tuesday night. The Gophers will host Division III opponent St. Thomas for what the athletics department is calling the “Final Pitch” at Siebert Field.
Minnesota will play its last game at the 41-year-old field Tuesday.