The Appleton field was named after Rodriguez in 2003.
“The Sports Authority will pay to remove the plaques referencing Rodriguez from public display,” said Stan Baehman, director emeritus. “The naming rights will revert to USA Sports, the operator of the field.”
The Fox Cities Sports Authority is a nonprofit organization that owns Fox Cities Stadium, home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
According to Matt TenHaken, president of the board for USA Youth, the signage at the field has already been taken down.
“It won’t be called Alex Rodriguez Field, effective immediately,” TenHaken said. “It is what it is. I really don’t know if it’s disappointing. Just have to accept what’s happened and move forward.”
Rodriguez was the Seattle Mariners first-round draft pick in 1993 and played for the Appleton Foxes in 1994. In 65 games for the Foxes, Rodriguez hit .319 with 14 homers and 55 RBI before being promoted to Double-A Jacksonville. He made his Mariners debut at Boston on July 8, 1994.
During his time in Appleton, Rodriguez was considered a model citizen and drew huge crowds to the former Goodland Field.
The Fox Cities Sports Authority named the youth field after Rodriguez as a way to honor his brief but notable stint with the Foxes, a Class A Minor League team that would later become the Timber Rattlers.