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Viewpoints from Readers: Opinions split on naming of new MU baseball stadium

October 28, 2018

If a new baseball stadium is built for Marshall University’s use, what should it be called?

That was the topic of a sports column this week by The Herald-Dispatch’s Chuck Landon, who posited that a new stadium should be named after longtime former Marshall head baseball coach Jack Cook, now age 92. Cook won more games with the Thundering Herd than any coach in any sport in school history. Cook coached Marshall baseball from 1967 through 1989.

Landon’s column posed the question of whether the stadium would end up being named for Cook or whether the university would demand someone pay for naming rights on the stadium.

His column brought a mixture of reaction:

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Gary Hutchinson: “Great read Chuck. It’s a no brainer, it absolutely should be named after coach Cook!! And ... sooner than later so as coach Cook can enjoy the process. Sir Hamrick needs to step up to the plate!!!”

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Mike Miller: “Nice to be able to read your articles again on FB Chuck. Another good read. Jack Cook it should be!!!!”

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Gina Starling Gunn: “My mother read this article. She mentioned that while my father, Ed Starling, was at MU he worked on building a new baseball field. It never got off the ground. Good luck MU.”

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Mike Perry: “New ballpark should sell the naming rights like every other ball park in America and get some more income for the school/city.”

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Brian Shirkey: “Someone needs to fund it, and that’s the best way to do it.”

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Mike Perry: “To remain competitive, the more income the better. It will help to afford some upgrades and tweaks they may not have in the budget. Which in turn helps with recruiting, which leads to wins, which leads to butts in the seats, etc. ... I would be perfectly fine with ‘Intuit Ballpark’ with a little help from the Marshall graduate and CEO Brad Smith.

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Guidon Grundlehner: “Maybe name the field after Jack Cook?”

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Mike Perry: “I am under the impression that the more revenue generated the better. Sell the naming rights to the park, field, the bullpen for all I care. The reason we couldn’t have nice things before was always blamed on the lack of funds.”

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Guidon Grundlehner: “Mike Perry, true. MU isn’t Texas where they can afford to not sell to corporations. Hell, UCF sold their stadium naming rights to Brighthouse Networks who paid like $15 million for 15 years. That’s $1 million a year extra. Hopefully MU does this or money will be tough to come by.”