The future is bright for the Texas Rangers, really.
The club announced Wednesday that it’s installing a state-of-the-art LED lighting system for the field lights that will drastically increase illumination at Globe Life Park.
Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting can be turned on and off instantly, a distinct advantage to the previous traditional bulb-based system. Globe Life Park is the second major league park to switch to an LED (light-emitting diode) system. Seattle’s Safeco Field installed an LED system for 2015.
It is a 100 percent ownership commitment to make the experience at Globe Life Park better.
Rangers executive vice president Rob Matwick
Globe Life Park will be the first with Eaton’s Ephesus lights. Many of the old light fixtures have already been removed from the park’s lighting rigs.
The new system, which is part of a $6 million renovation this off-season to Globe Life Park, is expected to decrease energy use by 60 percent while requiring significantly fewer fixtures. The previous system used 780 light fixtures.
The new system will have fewer than 500 while providing brighter light. An MLB consultant will work with the Rangers to help aim the lights properly.
Besides instant off and on capabilities, the new system can be manipulated for effects, similar to the lighting design used by the Mariners when their closer comes to the mound.
“The quality of the light will be greatly improved,” said Rangers vice president of business operations Rob Matwick. “We’ve had some dark spots in the park over the years so we expect with this change we can greatly enhance the consistency and the light levels for players and for broadcast quality.”
The new fixtures are due to arrive early next week. The new system is expected to be ready in early March. The new scoreboard in left field is expected to be ready by the end of March.
The Rangers re-signed right-hander Nick Tepesch to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
Tepesch, 27, missed the 2015 season with injuries, including elbow inflammation, and required surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome on his right side on Aug. 19.
Tepesch has been throwing off the mound during his off-season program and expects to be ready by spring training. He was a free agent since Dec. 2 when the Rangers did not tender him a contract.
He has a 9-17 record with a 4.56 ERA in 42 games (39 starts) in his career. Only Yu Darvish had more starts for the Rangers over the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Saab tabbed director
Rafic Saab was named the Rangers’ director of international scouting. Saab has been the club’s Latin American scouting director since 2014.
He joined the club in 2006 as a Venezuelan scout before being named the scouting supervisor for Venezuela, which included the signings of Rougned Odor and Martin Perez. He’ll continue to be based in Venezuela in his new role.
Texas Live update
Rangers officials met with Arlington city representatives and engineers this week to discuss the Texas Live project. Matwick said they discussed various infrastructure issues on the construction of the $200 million mixed-used entertainment district, including planning for the corner of East Randol Mill Road and Nolan Ryan Expressway, adjacent to the park.
The Cordish Companies real estate developer is designing the project.
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760