As he exited Major League Baseball in 2014, former commissioner Bud Selig proudly pointed to the 20 new ballparks that opened during his 22-year tenure as a major part of his legacy. He probably figured they would last quite a bit longer, though. As one team bids farewell to a stadium only two decades old, another facility in the same age range is on the endangered list and a third one — younger than the other two — could be abandoned as well. At this rate, much of Selig’s ballpark legacy could be obliterated in a matter of years.
The bases are loaded, and David Ortiz spits into his hands, claps twice, and digs in against the hated Yankees. New York left fielder Brett Gardner inches back to the warning track. Not 10 feet behind him, Christian Elias, the Green Monster scoreboard operator, peers over Gardner’s shoulder. Elias is actually in the spot where the left fielder would be standing in most every ballpark but Fenway Park. For a quarter of a century, he has had the best seat in the house. He has operated the scoreboard for more than 1,800 games.
The Texas Rangers unveiled expanded plans for its Texas Live! dining and retail development next to Globe Life Park today and said construction would begin in November. At an afternoon press conference, officials from the Rangers and The Cordish Companies, the primary developer, said new plans would double the size of dining and entertainment space and include a 300-room convention hotel and 35,000-square-foot meeting/convention facility in the first phase of development.
If voters approve a new stadium for the Texas Rangers, the existing ballpark will be preserved and repurposed rather than demolished, according to the mayor and the team. “The ballpark will not be bulldozed,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams during an appearance on Sunday’s Inside Texas Politics. The future of Globe Life Park was never fully known until this morning when the Rangers and the city made the announcement on WFAA’s political program.
The Angels demanded that the city of Anaheim order additional study of a large-scale development planned for a site adjacent to Angel Stadium. The demand, contained in the second hostile letter from Angels lawyers to the city within two weeks, comes as the team and city have revived talks on a lease that would extend the Angels’ tenure at the city-owned stadium. Last week, the Anaheim Planning Commission, over the Angels’ objections, unanimously endorsed a 15-acre complex of shops, restaurants, offices, residences and a hotel on the site next to Angel Stadium.