It’s been an unforgettable week for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Rob Segedin. It all started on Monday when the Dodgers were facing the Cincinnati Reds. Segedin had made his MLB debut on August 7, but had yet to hit his first major league home run.
Stadium naming rights have long been with us. They’re just a part of the sports landscape now. Some are pretty spiffy despite their corporate underwriting: “Great American Ballpark” could be the name of a sports facility even if it wasn’t also the name of an insurance company. “Progressive Field” could be the name of a field even an anti-corporate dude like Bernie Sanders could appreciate, at least if he’s sloppy with capitalization. Others are clunky: “Globe Life Park in Arlington” seems to have both adjective and preposition problems, as if it were run through a foreign language translator and then back again to English. The joint in Oakland went by the name O.co Coliseum for a spell. That
While most organizations start the year with unrealistically high hopes, the 2016 MLB season featured a number of tanking teams that had zero expectations. Among them were the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and Philadelphia Phillies, three clubs that were at one point destined for historically bad seasons. Once-optimistic franchises have gone into absolute free-fall mode, with Arizona leading the charge for utter futility on the diamond.