The Rangers’ new stadium is getting roasted

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The Texas Rangers are set to debut their brand new ballpark, Globe Life Park, this year. In the past several months they’ve shared a number of photos of the inside of the park and, as far as retractable-roof ballparks go, it looks fine. It looks a lot like Houston’s Minute Maid Park, many have noted, but Minute Maid Park as fairly attractive so it’s all good. There is only so much you can do with an indoor baseball stadium.

Here’s that inside view. Like I said, it’s totally fine. Certainly beats sweating in the 100 degree Texas sun:

Yesterday, though, the Rangers tweeted photos of the exterior of Globe Life Park and that hasn’t gone over as well, Wait, actually, it’s gone over great because there is nothing people like to do more than make jokes, and the photos have led to a lot of jokes.

First, here’s and image that I’m pretty sure the Rangers tweeted and then deleted but which was nonetheless captured by a lot of people and has since made the rounds:

The primary issue most people seem to have with it is that it didn’t match up very well with the artists’ renderings which were widely circulated prior to construction. This rendering, for example, is still up on the Rangers’ website:

I get that artists’ renderings tend to gussy places up a fair deal — they always show the surroundings of buildings to be more lush and calm than they usually are and almost always pretend that there aren’t any parking lots — but this one seems to misrepresent building materials. Specifically, it makes it look like that facade where the giants Texas “T” is would be glass instead of something that looks a lot like aluminum siding of corrugated steel.

It’s that detail which has led to most of the roasting. To wit:

Zing.

Like I said: the inside is what really matters and it seems plenty nice. And will be plenty cool for fans in more ways than one, at least once fans are allowed inside.

I would like to know, however, what went into the decision on that siding. Because that’s a humdinger.

Kinsler back with Rangers as special assistant to GM Young

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Former Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler returned to the team as a special assistant to general manager Chris Young, his teammate in the organization’s minor league system nearly two decades ago.

Young said that Kinsler, who was part of the franchise’s only two World Series teams in 2010 and 2011, will be heavily involved in player development and providing mentorship to both players and staff.

Kinsler, a four-time All-Star, was part of a World Series championship with the Boston Red Sox in 2018, a year before his retirement. Kinsler played 14 seasons in the major leagues and spent the last three years in the front office of the San Diego Padres as a special assistant in baseball operations and player development. The 40-year-old has been living in the Dallas area, as he did throughout his playing career.

Kinsler played for the U.S. in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and Israel in last summer’s Olympics, and he will manage Israel in next month’s WBC.

Young and Kinsler were teammates for several weeks at Double-A Frisco in the summer of 2004, the same year the pitcher made his big league debut. They were in big league spring training together in 2005, then Young was traded after that season.

A 17th-round draft pick by Texas in 2003, Kinsler played 1,066 games for the Rangers from 2006-13, hitting .273 with 156 homers, 539 RBIs and 172 stolen bases. He hit .311 with a .422 on-base percentage in 34 postseason games. He was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame last summer.

Kinsler hit .269 with 257 homers, 909 RBIs and 243 stolen bases in 1,888 career games overall with Texas, Detroit (2014-17), the Los Angeles Angels (2018), Boston (2018), and San Diego (2019). He is one of only two MLB second baseman with 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in multiple seasons, and had the only six-hit cycle in a nine-inning game since 1900 on April 15, 2009.