Making pitch for progress
by Chip Latcham
Jun 04, 2014 | 497 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Some of us remember watching the Bee County College Cougars, coached by Bob Leach, playing their home baseball games at Joe Hunter Field in the 1970s.

Others can recall sitting in those bleachers to catch the Beeville Bees semipro team or claim to have seen some future pro players, such as Roger Clemens playing for San Jacinto College back in the day, take the field there.

In later years, many Beeville Trojan parents and fans witnessed their sons play regular season and playoff games at the college park.

That stadium has served its purpose, off and on, for more than 40 years and had the wear and tear to show for it.

Last week the heavy machinery from South Plains Contracting was brought in to wind up and tear down the dangerous, rusted, old structure.

Joe Hunter Field is being demolished and rebuilt to modern standards. The cost of the new stadium will be around $2 million.

It sounds as though the Coastal Bend College trustees have good plans for the facility, which is being designed after the stadium at Texas State University but on a smaller scale.

Money to repay the loan to rebuild it will be available from the college’s existing tax base and will be at a 2.5 percent interest, CBC President Beatriz Espinoza said. That’s lower than many pitchers’ ERAs.

The college board also is proposing ways to make it a revenue-generating venue, from holding concerts, tournaments and possibly a minor league baseball team there.

We wish them well in their collaborations. Both the Cougars and Trojans badly need a modern, safe, ADA-compliant ball park for their baseball teams, perhaps even gaining them a home-field advantage.

And then, years from now, Bee Countians will remember when some future Major League player, or perhaps even a Hall of Famer, saw action on our field.
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