JSU baseball stadium renderings

Renderings of the planned new stadium for Jacksonville State's baseball program, released by the university on Thursday.

Jacksonville State has done nicely with facilities naming in recent years, putting Bill Burgess’ name on the football field and Bill Jones’ on the basketball court.

Maybe the most appropriate aspect of Jim Case’s name on the new baseball stadium is, he’ll get to coach in it. Lord knows, he’s waited long enough.

Case’s 18th season as JSU’s coach will be the Gamecocks' first in the new digs. The upgrade was scheduled for completion ahead of his 17th season, but we’re talking construction. Delays happen.

Delays made JSU a bus team for two seasons, even for home games. They played most of their home games at Oxford’s Choccolocco Park. This past season, they played a “home” series with Murray State in Birmingham.

Construction delays don’t begin to cover how long Case has waited to see the day when there’s something else to name at Rudy Abbott Field. For years, the baseball team lagged behind as other programs got their upgrades.

JSU athletics director Greg Seitz acknowledged baseball was “long overdue” before the new stadium project was announced.

Mean time, all Case has done is win. He’s 547-453 with a .639 winning percentage (262 wins) in the Ohio Valley Conference. He’s won six OVC titles and was named the league’s coach of the year twice.

He’s been a loyal and successful coach at JSU, a long-serving direct bridge to the legend he replaced.

Welcome to Rudy Abbott Field at Jim Case Stadium, Jim Case. You deserve this.

Sports Writer Joe Medley: 256-235-3576. On Twitter: @jmedley_star.

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