Paul Molitor will head Siebert Field fundraising

Andrew Baker

Former Gopher and Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Paul Molitor will chair the Siebert Field Legacy Campaign for a new baseball stadium on campus, the University announced Friday.

As chairman, Molitor will handle donor relations and represent the campaign in the media and at special events.

The new stadium would be built at the current Siebert Field site. So far the campaign has raised half the $7.5 million necessary to begin the first phase of the project, which would consist of tearing down the current structure and building a 3,000 seat grandstand in its place. The second phase, for which the campaign also projects a cost of $7.5 million, would include locker rooms and indoor batting cages.

The Pohlad family kicked off the fundrasing in May, donating $2 million to the cause. 

The official announcement of Molitor as the campaign’s chairman will be made at Saturday’s 7:00 p.m. football game against Ohio State.

Molitor, a St. Paul native, was a two-time All-American for the Gophers and led them to an appearance in the 1977 College World Series. He played 22 years in the majors with Milwaukee, Toronto and Minnesota, recording over 3,300 hits and making seven all-star teams. He was the MVP of the 1993 World Series, which he won with the Blue Jays. 

As the current Siebert Field has deteriorated in recent years, the Gophers have played progressively more games indoors at the Metrodome, including all of their home games last season. But with the Twins leaving before this season and the Vikings’ lease expiring next year, the Dome’s future in uncertain