Shannon Stone tragically fell to his death on July 7 at Rangers Ballpark. In the aftermath of that, plans were announced to create a barrier that would make it less likely that fans would fall out of the stands again. That barrier has been built.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweeted a picture from the first row of seats behind the barrier in left-center field. He says this is basically eye-level for a man of 5’10” while sitting in the seat:
That’s not great for sight lines. Obviously that’s not the point, and of course there are many other parks who have similar sight line issues due to railings and what have you. But if I were going to sit in the outfield seats in Texas, I’d strongly consider sitting back a few rows.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!