ESPN.com – “If you’re going to play baseball, you’re probably going to want to do it in this city,” said Dave Kaval, the owner of the Texas Rangers.
“There’s a lot of excitement and energy around baseball in the country.
But I’m also thinking about the future.
And I’m going to have to think about what it’s going to mean for baseball in a number of ways.”
Kaval’s team is one of two MLB franchises that won’t have their first home games in a city until 2022, the other being the Los Angeles Dodgers, who play their first game at Dodger Stadium in 2020.
It’s a big change, as Kaval said the Rangers have always been a team in Texas.
“We’re not the biggest, baddest, fastest-hitting team in baseball,” he said.
“But I’m sure it’s something that’s going a long way for us in terms of the fans, and that’s something we’ll continue to work on.”
The Rangers and Dodgers both won a World Series in 2020, but Kaval has a different take on the league’s future, saying that the players are looking forward to the chance to play in a new city.
“They are looking at all of the things that have been going on around them, whether it’s the city of L.A., whether it be the city, the city that’s just coming up next, whether or not the team’s going, and they’re excited to be playing in L.L.A.,” Kaval told Fox Sports.
“I think they’re very excited about it.
They’re looking forward as well to it.”
With the Rangers and the Dodgers on opposite sides of the country, the Rangers, as well as other teams in the National League, are not only trying to build a new stadium, but also to make it a home for a team that hasn’t had one since 1999.
The Dodgers are also exploring options to build their own stadium in Los Angeles, but it’s unclear if the two sides will be able to come to an agreement.
The current agreement between the Rangers’ ownership group and the team to keep the team in Arlington expires in 2022.
The Rangers are looking for a new location, but have no plans to move the team.
“It’s just kind of an ongoing process,” Kaval explained.
“Our ownership group is looking at the future, and it’s not like we’re going in and saying, ‘Well, we’re moving now,'” he added.
“The only thing that we have right now is that the team is in Arlington.
We have no intentions of changing our ownership.”
The future of MLB in Texas is going nowhere fast.
“If we want to have a new ballpark, I don’t think we’re ever going to get it,” said Kaval.
“As soon as we get to 2021, we don’t know if that’s where we’re at.
It might be in 2019, or 2020, or 2021.
And we’re not sure.”
The stadium that will be built by the Dodgers and the Rangers is not the first major sports venue that is slated to be torn down.
The Houston Astros’ Astrodome, which seats an estimated 60,000 fans and was built in 1999, will be torn to pieces by 2019.
The Los Angeles Angels have also been considering tearing down the stadium that was built to host the Dodgers, but that plan has been delayed, according to the LA Times.
Kaval says he’s confident the Rangers will get what they want, but he’s not willing to speculate on what that might be.
“What I can tell you is that we’re very confident that we’ll have a very good stadium,” he told Fox.
“And we’re excited about the new stadium that we can build.”