Towson Baseball Team Blacks Out Front of Jerseys After School Cuts Program


March 12, 2013

TowsonTowson University announced Friday that the school will no longer field a baseball team after this season. The players on that team aren’t just voicing their disapproval, they’re wearing it on their chests.

The Tigers plan to cover the Towson wordmark on the front of their game jerseys with black duct tape each time they take the field this season.

“We don’t support Towson,” catcher Zach Fisher told Baltimore’s ABC 2 News, “so we don’t want to wear something that says ‘Towson.’ ”

Head coach Mike Gottlieb, who has led Towson since 1988 and is an alum of the school himself, said he was made aware of the cuts 30 minutes before they were announced to the public (the school also discontinued the men’s soccer program). University president Maravene Loeschke was escorted by police to the announcement press conference for fear of a violent response, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The Sun reports that the decision will eventually save the university close to $900,000 per year, while Towson will continue to honor all scholarships awarded to baseball or soccer players. But that doesn’t provide much help to any prospective major leaguers on the Tigers roster, who will now have to find a new college diamond.

Screenshot via ABC2 News

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