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A youth baseball academy on the site of Tiger Stadium?

Jun 10, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

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People have been trying to figure out to do with the site of Old Tiger Stadium for a long time now. Here’s a novel idea: play baseball there. Morosi reports:

Darrell Miller, the MLB vice president of youth and facility development, told FOX Sports on Friday that the commissioner’s office is evaluating three sites in Detroit for the construction of a new MLB Urban Youth Academy.

The corner of Michigan and Trumbull — where Tiger Stadium stood for nearly a century — is one of them.

While other plans to use the site have been floated in the past, this one actually seems appropriate. Using baseball’s past to help pave the way for baseball’s future.

Obviously such romantic notions don’t h0ld ultimate sway over plans which have so much to do with real estate and politics and whatnot, but I certainly think it would be nicer to drive by that old site and see something baseball-related happening there than almost any other use which has been suggested over the past decade and a half.

  1. mybrunoblog - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    A youth baseball faculty is a nice feel good idea. Detroit however is essentially bankrupt. They turn off street lights to save money. Maybe MLB can help rebuild some schools that are literally falling apart or fund the start of an urban business school. That’s really what the city needs. 98% of the kids would play some baseball and then up right where thy started with no skills other than how to throw a curve.

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Facility not faculty but you get the idea right?

    • specialkindofstupid - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Agreed. Just wish it wasn’t unlikely.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      considering how much money the MLB receives from cities and states to build stadiums, the least they can do is help out with this facility.

  2. samu0034 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I remember that before they tore it down, the idea was bandied about to host the Michigan state baseball tournament at old Tiger. I loved that idea then, and I love this idea now, it’s just unfortunate that “mybrunoblog” is probably right. That city is broke as hell, and this just doesn’t make fiscal sense. That said, there are uncounted abandoned lots and warehouses that could be used to make improvements of one sort or another to the city that DO make fiscal sense, and there’s only one Michigan and Trumbull. Make a field out of it, it’s the right thing to do.

  3. js20011041 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    If they were going to play baseball there, why not just leave Tiger Stadium standing? I really wish we would treat some of these old ballparks as the historically significant structures that they are. Yankee Stadium I get. That place was mostly ruined with the renovation in the mid 70’s. But Tiger Stadium was a classic. So are Fenway and Wrigley and I hope that, even if the teams stop playing there, that they turn them into museums. How cool would it be to go see Ebbetts, Forbes, the Polo Grounds, Sportsman’s, or Shibe?

  4. sfs1 - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    It seems to me that MLB would be footing the bill for this, given ownership/lease of the property at a fair price by the city of Detroit, rather than it being on Detroit to build the thing.

    Perhaps the MLB could sweeten their deal with the city by agreeing to use some of the space to as classrooms for skills/GED training or after school programs for Detroit youth.

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