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Vanderbilt Baseball Alumni Respond to $10m Improvement Plan at Hawkins Field

Hawkins Field will get a $10m makeover, starting in 2016. Find out what Vanderbilt alums like Sonny Gray and Dansby Swanson had to say about the improvements.

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Hawkins Field is getting an upgrade. Vanderbilt University will pour $10 million into upgrades for the school's successful baseball program, expanding Memorial Gym to meet the left field wall and adding new classrooms, weight areas, and locker room space for Commodore student-athletes. The men's and women's basketball teams will also benefit from the baseball redesign; they'll have access to workout facilities that are more than twice the size of the team's current space once the construction is complete.

Here's what left field will look like after 2016, courtesy of

With a planned upgrade that will expand the alumni locker room, Tim Corbin's former proteges have plenty to be happy about. Here's what they had to say about the eight-figure expansion on Twitter.

Tyler Beede:

Curt Casali:

Dansby Swanson:

Sonny Gray:

Rhett Wiseman:

Read Vanderbilt's full release - complete with more renderings - over at