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The Rangers new ballpark will be named . . . Globe Life Park

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The Texas Rangers and Globe Life announced that the Rangers new ballpark, which will open in 2020, will carry the same name as their current ballpark: Globe Life Field.

The naming rights deal has been extended through 2048 and will bring the Rangers $11 million a year. I’m sure there are people way smarter than me who can justify that kind of outlay for slapping your name on a stadium, but I know that I have never bought a product because it was the name of a stadium. It seems more likely that naming rights deals render corporate names somewhat generic, diluting it in the public’s mind as it becomes the name of a building and not a company that sells stuff. But again: people smarter than me seem to think it makes sense, so bless them all.

I’d write more about this but I have to run down to the store to buy a box of Ameriquests and check to see if they’ve restocked some fresh PSINets.

Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees manager job today

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MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.

Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.

So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.