I can’t wait to check out the Tigers’ new baseball stadium, FedExPark. (A family commitment is keeping me from today’s lid-lifter against Middle Tennessee at 4:00.) Coach Daron Schoenrock’s club will be playing in a facility that just underwent its largest redesign since opening in 1972. A new locker room, indoor practice facility, dugouts, grandstand, press box and private suite were all paid for with a $3 million contribution from FedEx (thus the name of the stadium). The outfield dimensions, it should be noted, are the same as they were at Nat Buring Stadium (379 feet to centerfield, 318 down the lines).
The Tigers are coming off a 21-32 season, one in which they were a team without a home, hosting visitors at USA Stadium (in Millington), Gagliano Stadium, and AutoZone Park. A pair of sophomores are worth watching this season. Outfielder Drew Martinez (.309 last year) and infielder Adam McClain (.288) were each named to Conference USA’s All-Freshman team for 2009.
The Tigers will host MTSU again Saturday (2 pm) and Sunday (1 pm).