Pieces of Metrodome on Iron Range baseball fields

By KBJR News 1

February 18, 2014 Updated Feb 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM CDT

Hibbing, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Pieces of Metrodome history made their way to the Iron Range Tuesday.

Soon two baseball teams will add the new additions to their home turf... and if nothing else... they can claim bragging rights.

The original Metrodome pitching mound and bull pen mound were replaced in 2004.

"It's kind of neat to have a part of history from the dome here on the range," said Ande Jarvi, a CDL instructor at Hibbing Community College.

And soon these pieces of history will be found on baseball fields on the Iron Range.

Dave Bevacqua, the baseball coach at Hibbing Community College, bought both pitching mounds during the "final minute" of the online auction.

"It was just a unique and rare opportunity to find something that's part of Minnesota baseball history and Minnesota Twins," said Bevacqua.

The Metrodome pitching mound is going to Nashwauk High School, while the bull pen pitching mound is going to Hibbing Community College or HCC.

"Nobody had bid on it for five days and so I thought, 'I'm going to sit and watch this out,' and with a minute left I kicked in the next minimal bid and won both mounds," said Bevacqua.

The trip to pick up the swag from the Twin Cities was also a learning moment for a student from HCC's commercial driving program.

"Exciting for me because I grew up watching the Twins, I get to go pick up that, and give somebody some real world training at the same time," said Jarvi.

Bevacqua says because the mounds are so heavy and with the frost coming out of the ground around spring time the mounds will likely not be put in place until April or May.

The pitching mound cost $320 and the bull pen... $105.

Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com