Baseball saved at BGSU
BOWLING GREEN — Thrown out, Bowling Green baseball is now safe.
The school said Tuesday it is immediately reinstating its baseball program, which had been dropped last month due to financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bowling Green was facing a $2 million athletic budget shortfall due to the coronavirus outbreak, and baseball was cut in hopes of saving other sports from a similar fate.
However, soon after the school’s announcement, a fundraising effort led by former BGSU players and donors brought in enough money to save a program that produced former Dodgers and Indians All-Star pitcher Orel Hershiser.
“In just days, our passionate baseball alumni and donors have committed $1.5 million over the next three years,” the school said in a statement provided by athletic spokesman Jason Knavel. “During this time, the university, in partnership with a select group of baseball alumni, will pursue a long-term funding solution to sustain and support the program.”
That means 34 players — including freshman outfielder Parker Hydrick from United High School and four coaches — have their team back.
Bowling Green has said previously it costs $750,000 per year to run the baseball program.
Other Mid-American Conference schools as well as others around the country have been forced to make difficult financial decisions due to the pandemic. Akron dropped women’s tennis along with men’s cross country and golf.
Miller Park break-in
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers say a man illegally entered Miller Park and caused minor damage to the playing field Tuesday morning.
Brewers officials say the man was apprehended by law enforcement shortly after gaining access to the field. Milwaukee police said a 40-year-old man was arrested in the burglary and noted that the incident occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m.
Police said criminal charges will soon be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.
Both the Brewers and the police said the incident resulted in “minor damage” to Miller Field’s playing surface. The team provided no additional details.
Miller Park has served as the Brewers’ home stadium since 2001. While speaking to the Greater Milwaukee Committee last week, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said he would prefer that the Brewers hold their preseason workouts in Milwaukee rather than their spring training home in Arizona if Major League Baseball decides to go on with its season.