FAYETTEVILLE — Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter has pledged $100,000 toward the construction of Arkansas' indoor baseball and track facility.
Razorback Foundation associate director Norm DeBriyn announced Hunter's donation during the monthly Swatter's Club meeting in Fayetteville on Monday. Hunter - a Pine Bluff native — spent his first 11 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Minnesota Twins and the past five with the Los Angeles Angels. The 37-year-old signed a two-year contract worth $26 million with the Tigers in the offseason.
Hunter's donation will be part of a facility with an estimated price tag of $9.625 million. Arkansas associate athletic director Matt Trantham said last month the goal is to begin construction on the project later this year and have it completed in time for the 2014 baseball season. Trantham said the speed of the project will depend on donations.
Hunter signed to play with Arkansas — which was coached by DeBriyn — out of high school. But he never attended after being drafted in the first round of the 1993 MLB Draft.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau