Dirtbags baseball is a nationally recognized program whose foundation of success has been built over the years by legendary coaches Dave Snow and Mike Weathers, and outstanding student-athletes Bobby Crosby, Matt Duffy, Jason Giambi, Evan Longoria, Troy Tulowitzki, Jered Weaver and Jason Vargas.
The official 'Dirtbags' nickname refers to the style of play and the overall attitude of the student-athletes who embody the program's rich history of success against higher-profile teams. The moniker was coined for Coach Dave Snow's team in 1989 and quickly became one of the most revered badges of honor in all of collegiate athletics.
Rotating between three facilities and practicing at a local all-dirt infield, that 1989 team was without a true home when it won its first 18 games en route to the program's initial trip to Omaha and the College World Series. Two additional CWS appearances in 1991 and 1993, solidified "Dirtbags" as a national brand.
Dirtbags Baseball is a marquee program at the campus. Since coming to national prominence in 1989, the Dirtbags have performed consistently at the top of collegiate baseball. Coupled with placing more than 45 players into the major leagues, the Dirtbags continue to be a significantly recognized brand nationally.
Blair Field is one of America’s finest amateur baseball facilities and has played host to several city high school championships as well as collegiate baseball regionals. In addition, hundreds of future major league stars have played at the 58-year-old stadium, including Bobby Grich, Tony Gwynn and a handful of Long Beach State players. The Dodgers, Angels and Cleveland Indians once held spring training games at the famed Long Beach stadium, and the Los Angeles Rams used the facility as their practice site for 13 seasons.
The historic ballpark has been honored by Baseball America as one of the top 15 collegiate ballparks in the nation. Long Beach State officially moved to the facility for the 1993 season. A $17 million renovation plan promises to transform this facility yet again into a destination for some of the best baseball in America.
Long Beach State University is perfectly situated in the middle of two of the largest markets in the country – Los Angeles and Orange counties. The athletic program essentially opens a window into the university and community that connects 38,000 students, close to 300,000 alumni, 500,000 residents and thousands of fans in Southern California. Our high-profile baseball program and accomplished Dirtbags alumni have introduced many people throughout the country to Long Beach State. We are honored by this great athletic tradition and want to continue serving as ambassadors for the university, region and sport.
Yet if we are to compete successfully against the best programs in the nation and pursue an NCAA baseball championship, we must have playing and training facilities suitable for attracting and developing first-rate talent. That is why our focus is now on securing the funding needed to undertake a major renovation of Blair Field and its aging baseball facilities.
Finding key partners is critical to our success. Blair Field is the central stage for many audiences, as well as a pillar of the community. An investment in this project will enhance the fan experience and help secure maximum attendance and winning campaigns. More importantly, this project will enhance our ability to attract some of the best recruits in the nation.
As a public institution that is state assisted (rather than state supported), Long Beach State Athletics relies on the generosity of alumni and friends to sustain a winning athletic tradition. Increasingly, however, it is private and corporate funding that allows us to meet many essential needs, including construction, enhancement and maintenance of the state-of-the-art facilities needed to support a top-tier Division I college athletics program.
The good news is we are making progress!
Construction was completed on a brand new fence in February 2016. The intention was to move the fence closer to the batter in an effort to improve offensive performance at the facility. The right and left field corners both moved from 348' to 335' and 330' respectively and center moved from 400' to 393'. The impact was felt as Dirtbags fans saw 23 home runs hit during the ensuing season, compared to only four hit in the previous season.
Long Beach State officially broke ground on Phase II of the Blair Field Renovation Project on May 1, 2016. This ceremony marked a major step forward in not only improving the ball park, but investing in the Dirtbags Baseball Program's future.
Mayor Robert Garcia delivered a Blair Field Day Proclamation to Dirtbags Baseball fans and supporters prior to the baseball game on Saturday, May 28, 2016.
Since the Groundbreaking Ceremony, construction of the Tulowitzki Batting Facility and Weaver Bullpen is near completion.
The renovation and construction of Blair Field will be completely dependent on donor philanthropy and corporate sponsorship. As such, we want to recognize donors and corporate partners in appropriate ways and one way that may make sense includes the following naming opportunities:
|Visiting Team Dugout||$500,000|
|Visiting Team Locker Room||$500,000|
|Visiting Team Bullpen||$500,000|
|3rd Base Picnic Patio||$500,000|
|Umpire Dressing Room||$50,000|
|Team Meeting Room||$500,000|
|Lounge & Pavilion||$500,000|
|Dirtbag Locker Room||$200,000|
|Head Coach's Office||$100,000|
|Assistant Coaches Office||$50,000|
|Lockers (35 Lockers)||$10,000|
|Tulowitzki Batting Facility||NAMED|
List of Donors
The ability to transform Blair Field into the type of training and playing facility we desire is made possible by the generosity of alumni and friends. Our journey has been enriched because the following people have made a commitment to supporting The Campaign for Blair Field.
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