About nine years ago I wrote an article for my Rangers site on Ballpark names and corporate sponsorships. At the time, I thought about how many stadiums were left that don’t have corporate names. Things have changed since I wrote that article, including at the Rangers home in Arlington. So I’ve decided to revisit that article and update it for all the changes since the original piece. Some info is harder to find – the primary source I used back then doesn’t exist anymore, and I’ve inquired with a few people with the Rangers about where to find that info publicly, and haven’t found a good updated source of info. So I’ll do my best to find the info – but a few below will say “N/A”, because I couldn’t find the info, not because I didn’t try.
The majority of parks these days have a Corporate Sponsorship name. The owners and the reps from said companies make these grandiose statements about how it’s “great for the community”, or “our partnership will bring such and such” to the fans, and all that. But we all know what it’s really for. Lining the pockets of the owners with some more money.
OK, OK, it’s probably not all for the owner’s personal jet fuel bill, or the wife’s shoe budget, I’m sure some of it goes back to the team in some capacity (extra management salary, perhaps), but I’ve yet to run into a fan that honestly thinks these things are a GREAT idea. Most every one of these parks that has a corporate name almost invariably has it’s nickname ignored by the people who matter the most. The fans.
This is a Rangers fan site, so I’m most familiar with our own corporate shill names. The first one was “Ameriquest Field in Arlington”. You ask any fan of the Rangers, and did they call it “Ameriquest Field”? Heck no, they still called it “The Ballpark”, after it’s original name “The Ballpark in Arlington”. I admit I was one of those people who was not at first a fan of the park’s original name. I wanted Vandergriff Field, or perhaps something to do with Nolan Ryan, but over the years, “The Ballpark” really grew on me. I like that name a lot. It’s simple. It works. We now have a new Corporate Shill name since I wrote this piece almost a decade ago. The new name is “Globe Life Field in Arlington”. Bleargh. It’s “The Ballpark”. Or at least the temporary name inbetween Ameriquest & Globe Life – “Rangers Ballpark In Arlington”.
These corporate names are frequently not simple, and they almost never work – the majority of them are fingernails on a chalkboard. Very few truly blend in – off the top of my head, the only one that does is the name of the Reds’ current home – “The Great American Ballpark”. For two years after it opened, I didn’t even know it was a corporate name, I just thought it was a really cool name. Oh well. That’s one against my argument, but it is very much the exception.
Lately I’ve been thinking of all the parks, and it made me wonder how many of them do not have any sort of corporate sponsorship at all. So I decided to run down the lot of them, and come up with some more information about their names, their former names, nicknames, etc… I’m organizing them by age, from their original opening to the newest parks. I’m also adding a few thoughts of my own unrelated to the corporate sponsorship issue I raised here. I realized once I got started that I have a few thoughts on these places, even though I’ve not personally visited the huge majority of them.
The stadiums I’ve been near, but not been to games at are Fenway, RFK, Tropicana, & Turner. (My wife has been to Skydome, but not for a game). The stadiums I’ve actually seen games at are: Oriole Park, Ballpark in Arlington, Minute Maid, PNC Park, Citizens Bank. Stadiums that aren’t around anymore that I’ve seen games at were: Veterans Stadium, Three Rivers Stadium, The Astrodome, Mile High Stadium (Rockies 1st season).
So sit back and prepare to bask in my opinions on corporate sponsorship deals around Major League Baseball, as well as my thoughts on the various ballparks that make up the major leagues. If you are reading this on an RSS reader somewhere, you might have to visit my site to get the whole article. It was too large (at 16,500 words or so) to stick in the rss feed. :)
Usually towards the end of the year, we always hear about how many players the Texas Rangers have used overall in any particular season. The Rangers are usually towards the high end of that list. Injuries, callups, usually make for a long list, and you tend to forget the guys who are here so quick that they don’t even have time for the proverbial “cup of coffee”. I’ve done this for the last seven seasons, and it’s worked out pretty well. I’ve also gotten some positive feedback on it, so it’s become a permanent feature here. If you’d like to see the final tallies for the other years I’ve done this, you can still see them here:
Anyway, this post will get bumped whenever there is a player who is making his first appearance for the Texas Rangers in 2016. I am going to count guys who get called up, but don’t play immediately (or sometimes don’t play at all), as they will be part of the 25 man roster officially. So here goes.
The most recent additions will be on the top of the list.
Total players in 2016: 44
Total pitchers used in 2016: 24 (26*)
Total position players used in 2016: 20
Total players making major league debut: 6
- #44 – Kyle Lohse (7/9 – replaces Nick Martinez, who was optioned to AA)
- #43 – Jose LeClerc (7/5 – replaces Michael Roth, who was designated for assignment)
- #42 – Michael Roth (7/3 – replaces Luke Jackson, who was optioned to AA)
- #41 – Chi Chi Gonzalez (6/27 – replaces Alex Cludio, who was optioned to AAA)
- #40 – Yu Darvish (5/28 – replaces Joey Gallo, who was optioned to AAA)
- #39 – Jurickson Profar (5/27 – replaces Shawn Tolleson who was placed on Family Medical Leave)
- #38 – Joey Gallo (5/23, replaces Drew Stubbs, who was placed on the DL)
- #37 – Jared Hoying (5/23, replaces Shin Soo-Choo, who was placed on DL)
- #36 – Luke Jackson (5/16, replaces Tom Wilhelsen, who was optioned to AAA)
- #35 – Matt Bush (5/13, replaces Delino DeShields Jr, who was optioned to AAA)
- #34 – Drew Stubbs (5/8, replaces Alex Claudio, who was optioned to AAA)
- #33 – Anthony Ranaudo (5/6, replaces Phil Klein, who was optioned to AAA)
- #32 – Bobby Wilson (5/4, replaces Brett Nicholas, who was optioned to AAA)
- #31 – Cesar Ramos (4/25, replaces Nick Martinez, who was optioned to AAA)
- #30 – Nick Martinez (4/16, replaces Andrew Faulkner, who was optioned to AAA)
- #29 – Alex Claudio (4/13, replaces Phil Klein, who was optioned to AAA)
- #28 – Nomar Mazara (4/10, replaces Shin-Soo Choo who was placed on the DL)
- #27 – Brett Nicholas (4/10, replaces Robinson Chirinos who was placed on DL)
- #26 – A.J. Griffin (4/8, replaces Justin Ruggiano who was designated for assignment)
#25 to #1: Tony Barnette, Jake Diekman, Sam Dyson, Andrew Faulkner, Cole Hamels, Derek Holland, Keone Kela, Phil Klein, Colby Lewis, Martin Perez, Shawn Tolleson, Tom Wilhelmsen, Robinson Chirinos, Bryan Holaday, Hanser Alberto, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Ian Desmond, Prince Fielder, Mitch Moreland, Rougned Odor, Shin-Soo Choo, Delino DeShields, Ryan Rua, Justin Ruggiano.
Players making their Making Major League Debut are bolded
- * Bryan Holaday pitched in a game on Jul 2, and Jared Hoying pitched in a game on Jul 7. The Rangers don’t count position players pitching as a “pitcher used”.
- Of the opening day 25 man roster, six are making their Rangers debuts (Barnette, Faulkner, Wilhelmsen, Holaday, Desmond, Ruggiano) and only one of THOSE is making a major league debut (Barnette)
- Previous years counts for major league debuts.. 2015 (6, DeShields, Kela, Klein, Rua, Smolinski, Verrett), 2014 (Seth Rosin), 2013 (Leury Garcia & Smokin’ Joe Ortiz), 2012 (Darvish & Ross), one in 2011 (Mason Tobin), none in 2010, one in 2009 (Elvis Andrus), and one in 2008 (Kaz Fukumori).
I’ve seen a lot of people ask “why isn’t the Rangers game on”, or “Why am I postponed” when it says it’s on Fox Sports Southwest.
The answer is you’re not looking at the schedule right!
Less sarcastically, there’s a difference between Fox Sports Southwest and Fox Sports Southest PLUS. Basically, PLUS is a spare channel that things get shown on when there’s too many things to show at once. Like for example a regular season Rangers game and a playoff Stars game. The playoff Stars game will take precedence, and the Rangers game will get bumped to the Plus channel.
Anyway, here’s some info I’ve gleaned from around the web on how to see Fox Sports Southwest PLUS on various carriers. Mostly D/FW, but some others..
- Time Warner – Channel 319 (SD ONLY)
- Charter (Fort Worth & Park Cities) – Channels 300 (SD), 776 (HD)
- Charter (Rockwall) – Channels 38/314 (SD), 860 (HD)
- Charter (Denton) – Channel 314 (SD)
- DirecTV – Channel 676-1 (SD & HD)
- Dish – Channels 446 (SD), 9516 (HD)
- U-verse – Channels 754 (SD), 1754 (HD)
- FiOS – Channels 77 (SD), 577 (HD)
- SlingTV – Only on multi-stream package, as “Fox Sports Southwest Alternate 1”
Apparently, Time Warner Cable does NOT carry an HD feed of FSSW+. That’s pretty insane, IMO in 2016. If someone finds out otherwise, please let me know.
There’s an extremely detailed list of channels on this location:
This was originally taken from the Dallas Stars website.
One of my long standing features of this site, the “Seat Selector” has been updated for the 2016 season. The last time I updated it was in April of 2012, and a few things have happened since then. The newest thing of course is the new scoreboard in left field, but I also have a much better camera on my phone now (iPhone 6s+), so I wanted to retake them with a better camera than last time. The first version of it went online back in 1999 (less than a year after I started the site in Dec 1998). I stopped doing daily game updates a couple of seasons ago, but some parts of the site (like this one) will always be updated.
Anyway, check it out by clicking on the picture below (which I took on Apr 2, 2016 standing in Section 326. One note – the selector doesn’t seem to work on phones and tablets. Not quite sure why (except I’m using an older HTML feature called the imagemap). This does work fine using a proper web browser on a computer.
I have a Twitter account for this website, but it’s pretty disused since I stopped doing daily game updates a couple of seasons ago. Still, I use Twitter A LOT. Both personally and professionally. Tonight I started a list of “Texas Rangers News” accounts. It’s basically anyone who is Texas Rangers specific (or really close to it), all together in one feed.
If you use Twitter, feel free to subscribe to the list. It is available here: https://twitter.com/JoeSiegler/lists/texas-rangers-news/
The people I have on there as I said are folks who run pretty much all Rangers news. I’m not putting everyone who covers Rangrers news there. Two examples are TV people like Newy Scruggs and Anthony Andro. My logic for Scruggs is that he’s obligated to cover tons of things, and while he does occasionally post about the Rangers, he’s more a “generic Sports news” account. Same goes for Anthony Andro. He used to be only Rangers, but after he switched gears to FSSW a couple of years ago, he posts about everything.
I think I’ve covered all the big ones (and a couple you might not have thought of). If you can think of someone I don’t have on here, and who you think SHOULD be, please, by all means. Let me know who you think I should add.
NOTE: I have a Dallas Morning News feed on here because they have a Twitter specific Rangers feed. The Ft Worth Star Telegram doesn’t have one, but I followed their Rangers beat writers, too.
You can view a live version of the tweet in this news post below. :)
It has been awhile since I’ve written about anything here, and those who are on Facebook know I’ve spent the majority of my time there in the Rangers Fan Group. I still keep up with the uniform number history part of my website, but most of the other ones are archival. However, from time to time, I get the urge to write about something, and that’s today.
The 2015 season is over. It ended QUITE ugly. No Ranger fan will deny that. The formal off season starts I believe it is two days after the World Series ends when players eligible for free agency can file for that. Given where we were expected to be when the season started (and especially after 2014), to say we got into the playoffs was a major accomplishment. The way we exited the playoffs was bad. No doubt. But thoughts turn to 2016, and I decided to take a look down the Rangers roster and offer a few thoughts on everyone and what I think will happen for next season. [Read more…]
Usually towards the end of the year, we always hear about how many players the Texas Rangers have used overall in any particular season. The Rangers are usually towards the high end of that list. Injuries, callups, usually make for a long list, and you tend to forget the guys who are here so quick that they don’t even have time for the proverbial “cup of coffee”. I’ve done this for the last seven seasons, and it’s worked out pretty well. I’ve also gotten some positive feedback on it, so it’s become a permanent feature here. If you’d like to see the final tallies for the other years I’ve done this, you can still see them here: [ 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 ] Anyway, this post will get bumped whenever there is a player who is making his first appearance for the Texas Rangers in 2014. I am going to count guys who get called up, but don’t play immediately (or sometimes don’t play at all), as they will be part of the 25 man roster officially. So here goes.
The most recent additions will be on the top of the list.
Total players in 2015: 57
Total pitchers used in 2015: 31*
Total position players used in 2014: 27
Total players making major league debut: 9
Luke Jackson was optioned back to AAA without actually pitching, so it’s debatable if he counts on the list. I count it. :)
- #57 – Drew Stubbs (9/1 – Replacing Roman Mendez, who was DFA)
- #56 – Luke Jackson (9/1 – Replacing Alex Claudio, who was placed on 60 day DL)
- #55 – Andrew Faulkner (8/28 – Replacing Nick Martinez, who was optioned to AAA)
- #54 – Will Venable (8/20 – Replacing Josh Hamilton, who was placed on the DL)
- #53 – Mike Napoli (8/8 – Replacing Ryan Rua, who was optioned to AAA)
- #52 – Ryan Strausborger (8/4 – Replacing Leonys Martin, who was optioned to AAA)
- #51 – Cole Hamels (8/1 – Replacing Robinson Chirinos, who was placed on the DL)
- #50 – Sam Dyson (8/1 – Replacing Keone Kela, who was optioned to AA)
- #49 – Bobby Wilson (7/31 – Replacing Tomas Telis, who was traded to MIA)
- #48 – Jake Deikman (7/31 – Replacing Matt Harrison, who was traded to PHI)
- #47 – Chris Gimenez (7/31 – Replacing Jon Edwards, who was optioned to AAA)
- #46 – Tomas Telis (7/17 – Replacing Carlos Corporan, who was placed on the DL)
- #45 – Matt Harrison (7/4 – Replacing Neftali Feliz, who was DFA)
- #44 – Michael Choice (6/24 – Replacing Alex Claudio, who was optioned to AAA)
- #43 – Spencer Patton (6/7 – Replacing Ross Ohlendorf, who was placed on the DL)
- #42 – Joey Gallo (6/2 – Replacing Alex Claudio, who was optioned to AAA)
- #41 – Chi Chi Gonzalez (5/30 – Replacing Thomas Field, who was DFA)
- #40 – Hanser Alberto (5/28 – Replacing Phil Klein, who was optioned to AAA)
- #39 – Josh Hamilton (5/25 – Replacing Neftali Feliz, who was placed on DL)
- #38 – Ross Ohlendorf (5/17 – Replacing Kyuji Fujikama, who was DFA)
- #37 – Kyuji Fujikawa (5/14 – Replacing Spencer Patton, who was optioned to AAA)
- #36 – Sam Freeman (5/13 – Replacing Stolmy Pimentel, who was DFA)
- #35 – Thomas Field (5/11 – Replacing Rougned Odor, who was optioned to AAA)
- #34 – Spencer Patton (5/4 – Replacing Roman Mendez, who was optioned to AAA)
- #33 – Kyle Blanks (4/29 – Replacing Mitch Moreland, who was placed on the DL)
- #32 – Alex Claudio (4/27 – Replacing Tanner Scheppers, who was optioned to AAA)
- #31 – Wandy Rodriguez (4/24 – Replacing Logan Verrett, who was designated for assignment)
- #30 – Tanner Scheppers (4/17 – Replacing Anthony Ranaudo, who was optioned to AAA)
- #29 – Anthony Ranaudo (4/15 – Replacing Phil Klein, who was optioned to AAA)
- #28 – Stolmy Pimentel (4/12 – Replacing Jon Edwards who was optioned to AAA)
- #27 – Carlos Peguero (4/11 – Replacing Ryan Rua who was placed on the DL)
- #26 – Jon Edwards (4/11 – Replacing Derek Holland who was placed on the 60 day DL)
#25 to #1: Anthony Bass, Ross Detwiler, Neftali Feliz, Yovani Gallardo, Derek Holland, Keone Kela, Phil Klein, Colby Lewis, Nick Martinez, Roman Mendez, Shawn Tolleson, Logan Verrett, Robinson Chirinos, Carlos Corporan, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, Mitch Moreland, Rougned Odor, Adam Rosales, Shin-Soo Choo, Delino DeShields, Leonys Martin, Ryan Rua, Jake Smolinski. (the original 25 is not in any particular order)
Players making their Making Major League Debut are bolded
- Luke Jackson was originally called up August 7th, and stayed for a few days but didn’t play.
- * – The number of players does not match position players & pitchers added together, as we’ve had one position player pitch this season (Adam Rosales)
- Only 8 players on starting 25 were on the roster last year.
- Of the group of 9 Texas players that are on an Opening Day roster for the first time, 6 are rookies (DeShields, Kela, Klein, Rua, Smolinski, Verrett), 3 are seeking ML debuts (DeShields, Kela, Verrett), and 2 are Rule 5 Draft picks (DeShields, Verrett)
- Apparently the Rangers don’t officially count guys who are called up and sent down without actually playing – but I do.
- In 2015, the Rangers have 3 in the original opening day 25 that are making their major league debuts). The previous years’ counts in that regard were one in 2014 ( (Seth Rosin), 2013 (Leury Garcia & Smokin’ Joe Ortiz), 2012 (Darvish & Ross), one in 2011 (Mason Tobin), none in 2010, one in 2009 (Elvis Andrus), and one in 2008 (Kaz Fukumori).
- This will mark just the 3rd time in Rangers history that 3 players with no previous major league service time have opened the season with the club: 1974 (Mike Cubbage, Mike Hargrove, Jim Sundberg) and 1986 (Pete Incaviglia, Mitch Williams, Bobby Witt).
- This is the 1st time Texas has ever started a year with 2 players selected in the previous December’s Rule 5 Draft, the 1st in the majors since Milwaukee in 2003.
If anyone is still looking here, you’ll note I changed the theme again. I was having some technical problems with the old one, and wanted a new “coat of paint” so to speak. I’ve kind of let most things slide here. I stopped the daily updates in the 2013 season, and I kept with the transactions through the end of the 2014 season.
One thing I’m still doing that I’m VERY proud of is the uniform number history section. I’ve gotten some nice compliments from Victor Rojas (when he was here), and Eric Nadel himself has told me he’s used it as a reference on air. That’s the highest compliment I could get as a Rangers fan. No way am I letting that go! I’m also fond of the “How many in 201?” series I’ve done for the last few years, am keeping up with that.
Lots of places might look strange, but I don’t want to just jettison all the work I’ve done over the years. I’m still mostly hanging out on the Texas Rangers Facebook Group these days. If you are on Facebook, come join us.
As we head into the off season, we begin a phase of the baseball season that was never as fascinating to me when I was younger, but in the last decade or so, I became enthralled with all the movement of players and contracts and whatnot. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing as great as the game itself, but I’ve found my enjoyment of the process almost as great as the games themselves. But not completely. :)
I think social media has played a big part in my interest in all of this. However, with all the official sources, the beat writers, players themselves, and just regular bloggers all in the mix, it can be a bit of a cacophony to keep track of without going nuts.
Enter “MLB Trade Rumors”. This is a website that I’ve been following for years, and if you’re at all interested in baseball transactions, I can’t recommend them enough. The website is available here, for free: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com – that’s been that way for awhile, and is a valuable tool.
However, we can’t always be around our computers, and there are mobile apps available for iOS & Android. Those aren’t free, but are WELL worth the cost of the app. The app costs $2.99, which is pretty darned cheap given what you get with it. Officially the app is known as “Baseball Trade Rumors”, and not “MLB Trade Rumors” like the website is. I suspect that has something to do with the name “MLB” and licensing, but that’s a non issue. Ionly point it out in case you went searching for “MLB Trade Rumors” for the app name, you won’t find it that way.
The app is HUGE around certain times of the year (Winter meetings, Trade deadline, etc). This is a great way to keep up with “up to the second” transaction rumors and whatnot. There’s other ways to get this info for sure, but I’ve found given all the hard work it is to keep track of it all, these apps do a great job sorting it down to the individual nuggets you’d want.
Now, I have an iPhone and an iPad, so how the Android version works specifically, I can’t say. My brother has that, and from what I can gather it is mostly the same – but I can’t speak from first hand experience there. I can speak from the iOS app.
You can get notifications on your phone by team, by individual player, and by league. You can also tell it to notify you of actual transactions and not just rumours, also sort by just one team set of news, the info is quite flexible in the app.
The notification system is the strongest point of this app for me, because otherwise it’s an app version of a website, and I could just look at the website for the same info. But the notifications are the reason I bought this app. In the screenshots below you can see a few examples of the ways you can set up things to be notified about.
This is a universal app, and works on the iPad too, but is one of the rare apps that I don’t like the iPad interface, and wish I could run the iPhone interface on the iPad just double spaced. There is only one other negative thing I have to say about the app. You can’t use it to send stories to your friends (via text msg, email, or Facebook). The only thing you can do with individual entries is tweet them. Which is fine, but I don’t always want to do that. Hopefully that gets changed in a future version. But this is a minor quibble, and isn’t a dealbreaker for me.
Baseball Trade Rumors is probably my second most used iPhone baseball app (the first being the MLB At Bat app). Mostly because this keeps track of trade info all the time, and I make use of the track by player feature, so I get notified on my phone when something happens with those players. I don’t have very many apps in the Notification center on my iPhone to help conserve battery power, but this one definitely lives in the notification center!
If you’re a fan of transactions, I STRONGLY urge you to look into this. Very useful tool.