Rangers Honor Club's Best Players With Globe Life Field Dimensions
The MLB Rangers have unveiled the dimensions for the team's new Globe Life Field, which honor the franchise's "best players with the distances," according to Jeff Wilson of the Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM. The team yesterday revealed that the "left-field corner will measure 329 feet from home plate, the right-field corner will be 326 feet away, and the deepest part of the part will be 410 feet in right-center." The 410-foot sign is an "ode" to former MLBers Michael Young and Jim Sundberg, who both wore No. 10. The next "deepest part of the park" is 407 feet in center field for HOFer Ivan Rodriguez, who wore No. 7. Former MLBer Adrian Beltre's No. 29 is "honored" in the left-field corner (329 feet) and former manager Johnny Oates' No. 26 "accounts" for the right-field corner (326). There also will be a marker in left field at 334 feet to honor HOFer Nolan Ryan. Yesterday's unveiling was the first time the media "saw the field mostly cleared, save for a crane near the left- and right-field lines" (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 12/5). Rangers Exec VP/Business Operations Rob Matwick said, "We think the park is going to play fair. We have taken the design and done testing in wind tunnels. But in fairness, until we start playing games, we won't really know." He added that the "profile of the building, which makes it significantly taller than Globe Life Park, should diminish some wind factors" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/5).
NEW THREADS: The STAR-TELEGRAM's Jeff Wilson writes the Rangers yesterday also revealed "notable" changes to their uniforms, including a baby-blue uniform, which "generated most of the buzz." The club will wear the baby blues uniforms for "all Sunday home games." Meanwhile, the "Texas" on the front of the home white jersey was replaced by "Rangers." A red uniform "will be worn every home Friday." Those jerseys are "very similar to the red ones worn" by the club the past decade, but the hats "will feature a logo with 'TX' in the middle of an outline of the state." The club "will continue wearing grey or blue tops on the road with Texas across the chest, and the same blue caps with a block T." As the first uniform changes since '14, the Rangers were not "looking to rebrand themselves, but they wanted to freshen their brand" before moving into Globe Life Field. They also "wanted consistency, hence the assignment of dates for the red tops and baby blues" (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 12/5).