Winners And Losers

June 11, 1995|By Brad Snyder

To avoid hiring a real commissioner to solve baseball's plethora of problems, baseball czar Bud Selig endorsed an Angelosian idea at Wednesday's owners meeting -- build new, publicly-funded ballparks in 11 major league cities. Will these new facilities cure baseball's ills? This week's selection is an unscientific analysis of the franchises with the most recenltly-built ballparks.

Colorado Rockies -- UP -- The facade of Coors Field looks like Ebbets Field. The difference is the Rockies aren't playing like bums.

Texas Rangers -- WHO KNOWS -- Johnny Oates + new stadium = division title? Their pitching won't hold up, the glass windows in the outfield form a terrible hitter's background, but a division title would make up for years of being in the Cowboys' shadow.

Cleveland Indians -- UP -- This place is supposedly better than Camden Yards. The ballclub is definitely better than the Orioles. The Indians owe it all to Hank Peters.

Orioles -- WHO KNOWS -- The crowds are thinning, the owner is hurting and the team is floundering. Things would turn around if they went back to their old ticket exchange policy.

Chicago White Sox -- DOWN -- This is the Edsel of new stadiums. It's a shame we can't bring back the old ballpark, the old owner (Bill Veeck) and the old hitter (Julio Franco) behind Frank Thomas.

Toronto Blue Jays -- WHO KNOWS -- The ballpark is too futuristic, the team is getting old, but it's still the most respected organization in the game. Pat Gillick for commissioner.

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