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There will be fewer foul balls caught for outs in Texas next year

Oct 30, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

Ballpark at Arlington

ESPN Dallas has the details of multiple renovations at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this winter. Most are about amenities and concessions and things. This one will influence some baseball:

The dugouts are coming out toward the field by about three more feet. That’s going to give players and coaches more room to move around in there, but will also decrease the foul territory. It will be 42 feelt, six inches from the front of the inside camera bays to the foul lines. It also means a smaller foul area (by about three feet) in front of the dugouts.

It’s already a hitter-friendly park with scant foul territory, and now it’s even smaller.

In other news, they’re changing the name of some club dining place. It used to be named after tequila. Now it’s named after a credit card company. So there will be a net loss of funs at the place next year too.

  1. husky2score - Oct 30, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Question, how long is a feelt?

    • historiophiliac - Oct 30, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      That’s a Texas foot, Yankee.

      • husky2score - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:12 PM

        Dude, I hate the Yankees. Your comment was funny until you said that.

    • mrwillie - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      It’s ESPN’s new version of measurement. Similar to the football QBR rating, they just make up their own shit.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      She’s not a dude. The Yankee comment was a joke.
      “She” also wasn’t referring to you as a Yankees fan. But as a Yankee.
      As in…those damn Yankees don’t have a clue when it comes to the South.
      Or in Texas’ case…the Southwest. Yankee = Northerner

      • historiophiliac - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:01 PM

        You’re blowing my cover, Woodpecker.

  2. Marty - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Looks like Ron Washington was spitting too many seeds on players and other coaches. Give him a little room to work.

    • philliesblow - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      Washington just wanted to be closer to that long white line.

  3. beefytrout - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I heard that Adrian Beltre personally requested the larger dugouts so that he could have more space to scamper away from all the head-touching.

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