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Seriously, even before the bat plague, how did the ugliness of this place elude us? They've been building it for, what, two years now? Unless they really did slap it up in four months, which is certainly what it looks like.

 

I was never a fan of The Ballpark in Arlington like a lot of people were. I think it was a tired ripoff of Camden Yards plopped into an exurban office park where none of the quirks were dictated by outside constraints. The office buildings in the outfield with the Yankee Stadium frieze ripoffs and the giant billboards were ugly, and the little roof over the upper-deck pavilion in right looked stupid. Relative to its contemporaries, it was not a great park at all. But it didn't look like an oversized corrugated-steel shed, and it didn't have plastic grass. All that public money for this.

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First thing I thought of...

 

 

"I use my new steel building to play Major League Baseball games in and I love it!"

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Well looks like the owners are down for the the plan that was leaked recently. Regional schedules, Universal DH, expanded playoffs, 82 game season starting first week of July.

 

Of course it still needs union sign off, and of course local leaders. Both of which are by no means guaranteed. 

 

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29162217/owners-approve-mlb-season-proposal-plan-july-start-players-union-preps-weigh-it

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21 hours ago, the admiral said:

It's completely illegitimate. I hate it.

 

In an unrelated story, no one told me how ugly Globe Life Field is:

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It looks like a cross between a community college and a Quonset hut.

 

It looks even crappier when you see Jerry's World in the background.... and we're looking at the park from the outfield end? So the roof is moving from outfield to infield? ewwww. I am trying to find one view that shows some kind of a welcoming facade... but everything there looks as if the park has the charm of a warehouse or souless office tower in the middle of an industrial park. At least the field is orientated better than the old park.

At least it would make for a great looking meat factory once the Rangers are done with it. 

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2 hours ago, DEAD! said:

 

It looks even crappier when you see Jerry's World in the background.... and we're looking at the park from the outfield end? So the roof is moving from outfield to infield? ewwww. I am trying to find one view that shows some kind of a welcoming facade... but everything there looks as if the park has the charm of a warehouse or souless office tower in the middle of an industrial park. At least the field is orientated better than the old park.

At least it would make for a great looking meat factory once the Rangers are done with it. 

 

Looks worse still from this angle. Only one of these looks like a ballpark... and it's not their new home. 

 

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Heck from this angle it looks like it's a giant shed for storing equipment for the other two. 

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Now I remember what the stadium reminds of....

 

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Surely I'm not the only one who saw those pictures and thought what it most resembled was an airplane hangar...right?

 

EDIT: 

 

13 hours ago, JayMac said:

That thing looks like they dropped an airport hangar in the middle of Arlington and put up some random retro baseball stadium walls around it.

 

Indeed I wasn't. Guess I skimmed right over this one.

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43 minutes ago, Kramerica Industries said:

Surely I'm not the only one who saw those pictures and thought what it most resembled was an airplane hangar...right?


Nope. It’s a gosh-darn hangar for a gosh-darn mess of a franchise. 
 

Admiral is more coherent in his Rangers talk, but I’ve never thought of the franchise as a cornerstone, well-run organization. Ever since they were the RFK Stadium Moneypit, they’ve just been irrelevant to annoying.

 

Heck, the greatest moment that took place at their previous stadium was this:

 

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The Rangers are a team where great things happen to their opponents. Pressuring to get the Astros and their trash can symphony into the AL West also kinda sucked. 
 

I wouldn’t mind them remaining as irrelevant as they were when playing in the erector set known as Turnpike/Arlington Stadium.

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And of course let's not get started on Game 6 2011.

 

I think the highest moment for the franchise is when A-Rod was the final out when the Rangers won the 2010 AL Pennant..

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3 minutes ago, TrueYankee26 said:

And of course let's not get started on Game 6 2011.

 

That was in St. Louis.

 

3 minutes ago, TrueYankee26 said:

I think the highest moment for the franchise is when A-Rod was the final out when the Rangers won the 2010 AL Pennant..

 

Probably. Then it's all downhill from there. Josh Hamilton accidentally kills a guy (leading Hamilton to relapse and all that jazz), get a 3-2 in the series only to blow it, the Odor stuff, playoff failure, etc.

 

The Rangers deserve their warehouse tomb.

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The Rangers seem to be an afterthought of sorts. They are not the first team in Texas and they are not even the original Washington Senators. 

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That's like Lucas Oil Stadium and Costco had a baby.  

 

It's the worst looking stadium in MLB (besides Tampa, but that should go without saying.)

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The Rangers really are the perfect Dallas team because they're this engine for massive sums of money flowing in and out of the organization for reasons that are never entirely clear: they have this absolutely mammoth TV deal but are a team that would get left off most people's Sporcle quiz, they always have a sky-high payroll but all they've done for the majority of the decade is get historically owned by Jose Bautista or be out of it completely. They built a new baseball stadium across the street from their other new baseball stadium because the concourses and seats were too narrow for everyone's widening asses and some air conditioning would be nice. It's a team just doin' its thing on an unnecessarily massive scale because why not. The Cowboys have their own monument to consumption across the street, too, but at least they're the Dallas Cowboys, a national cultural institution. The Mavericks are one dude's cool toy, and the Stars are an outlet for people who can't live in Austin to obnoxiously signal that they're not hicks. It's the Rangers who are the embodiment of true Sun Belt suburban bloat and ennui: the McMansion, the SUV commute, and the job at "Associated Concepts" or "System Dynamics" in sports team form.

 

Once upon a time this could get me a moderator-approved comment at Deadspin if they did Why Your Team Sucks: Baseball Edition. In the state they're in now, it might get me editor!

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The only American sports franchise named "Rangers" that matter play in New York

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30 minutes ago, Olmec said:

The only American sports franchise named "Rangers" that matter play in New York

You got that right! And they have actually won a championship

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Not only that, but it looks like there's one of those "Live!" casinos / hotels there, in roughly the same shape as all the others.

 

What a piece of trash.  Were there renderings released that somehow didn't get posted here?  If you're putting a billion plus into a stadium, why not at least try to make it look like a baseball stadium, or just any kind of stadium, rather than an elaborate college field house?  They had an opportunity to put the money into building an iconic structure... right next door to one... and instead built a warehouse.  I'd be livid if my taxes went to that.

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On 5/8/2020 at 4:27 AM, iBrockely said:

 

In International Women's Softball every team gets to put one player on second base. Then they have to deal with that.

It's quick and stressful as hell.

That is another good idea.

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Thoughts on Harpers idea?


That playoff format could work, but playing regular season games into November is questionable.  I mean I know April games can be cold, but that might be pushing it.

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