Texas Rangers Home Run Hot Spots: Globe Life Park in Arlington


Home Runs Are Bigger in Texas!

The Texas Rangers joined the league in 1971 after receiving approval to relocate to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Robert E. Short – the former DNC treasurer and majority team owner – ditched the nation’s capital and moved the franchise to Arlington, Texas, for the 1972 season.

The hasty decision sparked massive backlash throughout the district as the approval marked the Washington Senator’s second departure since their inception into the league. The Texas-bound Senators forfeited their final contest against the Yankees after hundreds of fans stormed the field in protest.

Although fans were optimistic another club would land in D.C., diehards still mourned their team’s departure and draped a banner that read “Short Stinks” across the far-end bleachers.

Ironically enough, the Arlington-based squad experienced a rocky inaugural season, concluding in sixth place with a daunting 54-100 record. It wasn’t until 1996 that the Lone Stars would rise to Major League prominence – securing their first playoff run (later falling to the New York Yankees). The Rangers have appeared in the World Series twice, but have yet to bring the championship title back home to Texas.

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The Rangers current revved-up roster boasts exceptional batters Rougned Odor, Nomar Mazara, Joey Gallo, and Mike Napoli, who take the plate at Globe Life Park to launch long balls into the grandstands.

Arlington lives up to its hype and reputation as the home of sports in the Lone Star state, hosting both the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. While the Cowboys toss pigskin over at AT&T Stadium, the Rangers receive opponents at Globe Life Park.

As the adage proclaims: “Everything’s bigger in Texas!” And believe us, this includes ballparks. Globe Life Park is capable of hosting over 48,000 fanatics and features a four-story office complex on park grounds, a 12-acre lake, and extra recreational space along the perimeter.

The entrance to the ballpark flaunts a redbrick facade and arches – a nod to the timeless appearance of Ebbets Field. As fans enter the stadium, they immerse themselves in the “Walk of Fame,” which posts roster information of every Texas Rangers team and extends around the entire park.

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Globe Life Park is no stranger to home runs, as the park birthed an impressive 213 homers in the 2016 season. Rougned Odor is responsible for blasting the longest dinger into the bleachers that season – traveling a true distance of 464 feet.

If you’re hoping to snag a home run ball, there are a few home run hot spots in Globe Life where the odds tend to be in your favor. The heat map of Globe Life suggests the right and left field are hubs for home runs – specifically sections 4, 5, 6, 45, 46, and 47. Situating yourself next to the bullpens is also a sound option, but unless you’re a pitcher or a part of the coaching staff, your chances remain slim.

Whether you’re going for the ultimate game day experience or want the chance to catch that memorable home run ball, be sure to come prepared. Check out Fanatics.com today for the latest Texas Rangers fan gear and apparel!


The 3,000 Hits Club: Adrián Beltré


Adrián Beltré, who currently plays for the Texas Rangers and is in his 20th Major League Baseball season, joined the exclusive 3,000 Hits Club on Sunday, July 30, 2017. This is a rare feat indeed – the third baseman is only the 31st player in MLB history to cross over the 3,000 mark. Let’s take a look back at Beltré’s career to see how he achieved this incredible goal.

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Adrián Beltré hails from the Dominican Republic and was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers when he was only 15 years old – a controversial move considering he was technically too young to play for an MLB team. However, he persevered by competing in the Dominican Summer League in 1995 and left his island home for minor league ball the following summer. His minor league performance was impressive, and he was called up to the big leagues in 1998 at age 19.

While his rookie year wasn’t big on hits with only 42 knocks, Beltré soon grew to be a ball smasher in his own right. The following year, he nailed 148 hits and continued with over 100 hits per season every year after that. He reached 200 hits in a season while playing for the Dodgers in 2004, and came very close to doing it a second time while playing for the Rangers in 2013, with 199 hits.

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Beltré played for the Dodgers for seven seasons, racking up 949 hits in the process. He then entered MLB as a free agent and signed with the Seattle Mariners in 2005, netting 751 hits over five seasons. During a single season with the Boston Red Sox in 2010, he collected another 189 hits. He then headed over to the Texas Rangers, signing a contract worth $96 million over six years (this is his seventh year with the Rangers, by the way). So far, he’s accomplished more than 1,100 hits for the team.


Beltré joins 30 other MLB players in the 3,000 Hits Club. The most recent addition was Ichiro Suzuki, who nailed his 3,000th hit in 2016 and is the only other active MLB player in this exclusive club. Other baseball greats in the club include Willie Mays (his 3,000th hit was in 1970), Cal Ripken (2000), George Brett (1992), Wade Boggs (1999), Roberto Clemente (1972), Derek Jeter (whose 3,000th hit was a homer in 2011), Rod Carew (1985), and Alex Rodriguez (also with a homer in 2015). The first player to reach 3,000 hits was Cap Anson in 1897.


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Whether you’ve been rooting for Beltré since his Dodgers days or have been keeping tabs on him through his Rangers career, be sure to check out the selection of Beltré swag at Fanatics.


The Evolution of the Texas Rangers Hat – MLB Baseball Caps

The Evolution of MLB Hats – Texas Rangers

“T” is for Texas, and it represents the Rangers. In 1972, the new American League franchise kicked off their inaugural season with their lucky block letter “T” stitched into their caps. With two recent World Series appearances (and losses) in 2010 and 2011, the Rangers are right on the doorstep of major league glory. After 45 years of swinging for the fences, Texas is ready to hoist their trademark “T” into the rafters and onto a championship banner.  

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As MLB’s expansion plans set in motion, the Texas Rangers established themselves within the folds of American League juggernauts of the 1970s. They chose a classic letter logo for their first hat, in step with some of the timeless insignias of the teams within their division.

Texas Toppers

The Lone Star state is a functional one. Fashion revolutions may exist somewhere on the local level, but national trends are not springing from Texas. For the ballclub’s first 21 seasons (1972-93), the Rangers donned a block letter “T” in white and red colorways.

Everything changed in 1994 when Texas added a spur to the stem of their “T.” From that point on, the new insignia took on a more sophisticated look. The new hat logo also appears front lit, with blue and red shadows. Since 2000, the Rangers have tipped their caps sporting the classic white “T,” with a red shadow upon a blue backdrop. This red, white, and blue emblem has the look and feel of a classic Boston “B” or an Oakland “A.”

As the Texas Rangers have historically subscribed to the “if it ain’t broke” philosophy of hat logos, baseball fans should find comfort in their unflinching insignia. For new color combinations to enhance the traditional Texas “T,” head to Fanatics.com for all things Rangers.