Facilities near for U
While Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague refused to talk about fundraising as recently as this week or say whether any part of the Athletes Village complex was ready to be built, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal is reporting that the first phase of the $190 million project, a 57,000- to 75,000-square-foot academic center, is ready to proceed.
The complex would include a nutrition center, dining area, leadership center and academic support facilities.
According to the report, the university made an Aug. 7 request for proposals for predesign and site preparation work. Bids are due Aug. 27. The site of the building would be west of Siebert Field near the intersection of 15th Avenue and Fifth Street Southeast.
The Business Journal further reported that six construction firms making proposals met with school officials last week, including four local companies. There also are rumors that it might not be too long before similar work will become a reality on new football and basketball practice sites and facilities for use by other sports.
• While the Twins are struggling with hitting, here’s a breakdown of what several former Twins are doing and their seasons stats. First baseman Justin Morneau, now with the Colorado Rockies, is leading the National League in batting average at .317 to go along with 13 home runs and 65 RBI. Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span is hitting .300 with 75 runs scored. Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is hitting .269 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI. Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is hitting .311 with 54 runs scored and 37 stolen bases. Shortstop J.J. Hardy went 0-for-4 for the Baltimore Orioles against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday but is hitting .283 with seven home runs, 43 RBI and 26 doubles. Center fielder Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored Wednesday against Toronto and is hitting .287 with 21 home runs, 64 RBI and 82 runs scored for the Milwaukee Brewers. Right fielder Michael Cuddyer, who recently returned to the lineup after shoulder and hamstring injuries, is hitting .331 in 33 games for the Rockies.
• One thing Ryan did in his deals over the last month was to make the Twins a lot younger. He traded or released Josh Willingham (35), Kevin Correia (33), Sam Fuld (32), Kendrys Morales (31) and Matt Guerrier (36). That’s an average age of 33.4 years. In return he got Jason Adam (23), Jordan Schafer (27), Tommy Milone (27), Stephen Pryor (25) and a player to be named later. That’s an average age of about 25.5 years.
• Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer continues to put up impressive numbers at Class AAA Rochester. Meyer struck out 10 over 5⅔ innings in a no-decision Wednesday. Over his past 10 starts, Meyer is 2-2 with a 2.94 ERA and 66 strikeouts and 26 walks in 52 innings pitched. Meyer’s 149 strikeouts lead the International League, and what’s more impressive is his 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings is nearly a strikeout more than the next qualified starter. By comparison, the only MLB pitcher with a higher strikeout-per-nine-inning rate is Yu Darvish of the Rangers at 11.4.
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