Observations and notes from the Curve’s final full day in Dallas:
- While the media world has changed dramatically – even in the last four years – the amount of coverage has mushroomed and become around-the-clock. It used to be that you’d see ESPN, newspaper beat writers of the major league clubs, and some national writers covering the meetings. Now, in addition to those outlets, you have MLB Network, MLB.com, Sirius XM Radio, NESN, YES, SNY with full blown command centers and large crews of anchors, reporters, and production staff. On top of that, you have multiple bloggers, online reporters, and official team correspondents with flip cams doing reports for websites. With all of the media on top of the action and Twitter at their disposal, rumors spread with unprecedented speed. The tagline used to be: “Miss a day, miss a lot.” Now if you miss a minute, you miss a lot.
- The Curve participated in the Eastern League meeting at midday on Wednesday. In addition to hearing presentations on Ed Randall’s prostate cancer awareness initiative, Reading’s plans for the 2012 All-Star Game, and the Minor League Baseball Internet agreement, there was a decision that will change the look of the first round of the EL Playoffs. The league’s board of directors decided that it will implement a 2-3 format beginning in 2012. That means that the second-place team in the division will host the first two games of the series on the Wednesday-Thursday after Labor Day. The first-place club will then play host to Games 3-5 on Friday-Sunday of that week. Previously, the first-place team hosted the first two games, the second place team was home for the next two, and then, if Game Five was necessary, the series shifted back to the ballpark of the first-place club.
- To close out our trip to Big D, we went to the suburb of Arlington to check out Rangers Ballpark. The home of the two-time, defending American League champions is a fantastic facility that has been maintained well over the last decade and a half. Recent additions have included new videoboards and suite and concession-area upgrades. Team co-owner and president Nolan Ryan has seen the results of his baseball development plan bear fruit on the field, in the stands, and in the community. Because of this success, the Rangers are as relevant as they ever have been in a market with the internationally-famous Cowboys, the newly-minted World Champion Mavericks, and the revitalized, former Stanley Cup champion Stars.
- Thanks for reading the past three mornings. We’re looking forward to implementing the new ideas we’ve discovered or developed during our stay here in Dallas. Hope to see you in Curve, PA on Opening Night – April 5.