Friday at the Ballpark
As you might imagine, the ballpark is pretty quiet on a Friday in early November. The cooler weather has finally found Frisco and it’s starting to “feel” like college football outside.
Even though things are a little slower since the end of the World Series, here are some of the things happening here, with the Rangers, and around minor league baseball:
- Last night at 8:00, the Rangers and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced that Texas Rangers’ infielder Michael Young is the winner of the 2011 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award. The award is presented to the player “whose on-field and off-field performance most inspires others to higher levels of achievement by displaying as much passion to give back to others as he shows between the lines on the baseball diamond.” Young becomes the third player to ever win the award twice (John Smoltz, 2002, 2003; Jim Thome, 2001, 2004).
- The Rangers also announced yesterday a series of improvements to the Ballpark in Arlington totaling $11.5 million. Upgrades for 2012 include a complete renovation of Vandergriff Plaza and much of the office building first floor in centerfield with the construction of a new Batter’s Eye Club, Restaurant/Sports Bar, Kid’s Zone, and concession stands. In addition, the areas that previously contained the bleacher seating will be remodeled and the visitors bullpen will be reconfigured.
- The Akron Aeros (Double-A, Indians) of the Eastern League will not be changing their name after all. A contest held by the team and the local newspaper asked fans to choose their favorite possible team name from a list including Aeros, RubberDucks,Vulcans, Tire Jacks and Gum Dippers (are you kidding me!!). The Aeros nickname won in a landslide, garnering 67% of the vote. (ballparkdigest.com)
- If you’re not aware, it’s officially “Movember.” Movember is the month formerly known as November, where men and women across the globe join together to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. To help achieve this, men grow a Mo (moustache) for 30 days. Since a number of us can’t grow a mustache (mainly me), our graphics designer Alex Yocum-Beeman helped us out (if you can’t recognize me, I’m the top left corner):