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Curtis Granderson pledges money to build baseball stadium at alma mater

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While the University of Miami, home of Alex Rodriguez Park, finds itself under investigation in the fall out from the Biogenesis scandal, one of Rodriguez's teammates is lending a hand to his alma mater's baseball program. A hand full of money, actually.

New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson announced Wednesday that he would fund the construction of a new multi-million dollar baseball stadium at University of Illinois at Chicago, where he starred 2000-2002. The announcement came as Granderson, a Chicago native, had his jersey retired at the school's inaugural Diamond Dinner, according to The Hall of Very Good.

"I am in a position where I have the ability to help kids pursue whatever dreams they have, whether they are educational, athletic or just life in general," Granderson said. "I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to team up with UIC, which has helped me get to where I am today."

The new stadium -- which will take Granderson's name upon completion -- triples the capacity of UIC's current stadium. It will also will be a hub for youth baseball programs in the area, particularly aimed at inner-city kids. Check out the video below for a rendering of the stadium, which should open in 2014 or 2015.

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