Orel Hershiser really likes Rangers Ballpark

Over the weekend, Orel Hershiser unveiled his plan to save Dodger Stadium. Hershiser is not currently involved with any of the remaining groups still in the running to buy the Dodgers but wanted to get his vision for Dodger Stadium out in the wild.

“We just want to give people a dream of what could happen,” he said. “You can’t tell the story without a picture. The idea is to show people all the elements that are possible and not to say, ‘This is it.’ “

Here’s the rendering showing Hershiser’s ideas:


After looking at the render for a few minutes it became very obvious that all it is is the outfield of Rangers Ballpark with a little Photoshop work.


The same outfield walls, same bullpens, Green’s Hill, the club above the left field seats, the home-run porch, the bottom level of the office buildings, it’s all there. It looks like the only thing they actually changed was removing the top level of seats in left and the top couple of floors of the centerfield offices.

Granted, Rangers Ballpark itself is a bunch of stolen bits. Still, it’s good to see Hershiser enjoyed some part of his stay in Arlington.

Oh, Miami

Do the Miami Marlins have an official theme song to go along with all the other new additions this year? Unfortunately, it doesn’t look it. But, in a way, the fact that this isn’t team sponsored makes it even more incredible.

And it really comes together if you listen to it while looking at the amazing new home run sculpture at Marlins Park. I need to see a game at that place.

(GIF courtesy Baseball Nation)

Mark Cuban joins the cause

Mark Cuban not doing the wave. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

You might have heard about Bill Simmons’ interview with Mark Cuban for the B.S.Report at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last week. It was during that interview that Cuban made an ill-attempt at a joke that landed him in some hot water that he has since made an apology for. But if you haven’t paid much attention to the story you might have missed that Cuban sharing his thoughts on the wave led directly to the comment.

At about the forty minute mark of the interview Cuban begins talking about what he wants the fan experience at a Mavericks game to be like. He doesn’t want you staring at your phone or not paying attention to the court and he definitely doesn’t want you doing the wave.

I have an automatic “you’re fired” policy if you do the wave. Seriously. If you do it, like, I had somebody who didn’t know that they would be fired this year who tried to get the wave started. I was like, you have not read the policy, you get one warning. I’ll say it to everybody here, anybody that ever works for the Mavericks ever tries to do the wave, you’re fired.

There’s no bigger energy killer than doing the wave, right. I’d rather have 60 minutes of kiss cam.

Mark Cuban hates the wave so much that he’ll fire an employee who tries to get it started at a Mavericks game. Now, Cuban and I have had our disagreements in the past but a policy like that is definitely something I can get behind.