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Ranking MLB ballpark names after Atlanta Braves change

Ranking MLB ballpark names after Atlanta Braves change

The Atlanta Braves officially re-named their ballpark Tuesday, transitioning from SunTrust Park to... get ready for it... Truist Park.

Truist is not a word, though it feels like a misspelled one. It's the name of a financial group, devised when BB&T and SunTrust merged last year. It's sort of ugly, and is absolutely a step down from SunTrust, which at least included the word "sun."

The renaming got us thinking: which ballpark names are the best, and which are the worst? Here's where we fell on the Top 5, the Bottom 5, and the NL East.

Top 5

1. Oriole Park at Camden Yards: The Orioles get their team's name involved, and receive major bonus points for eschewing "Field" and "Park" for the far-cooler "Yards".

2. Fenway Park: Fenway is named after the area it helped turn into a bustling part of Boston's Back Bay, and hasn't changed in over a century. It's cool.

3. Great American Ballpark: The name is so good that, until today, some in the office didn't realize the Reds' ballpark had a sponsor.

4. Dodger Stadium: A team in Los Angeles has managed to forgo a sponsor in the year 2020, and "dodger" is a cool-sounding word. Points, Dodgers.

5. Yankee Stadium: Just like with the Dodgers, the Yankees holding on to their team name in the heart of NYC is a testament to legacy and history. Plus, "yankee" is a good word.

Bottom 5

26. Globe Life Park in Arlington: Globe Life doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. There's no way around the Rangers' park's name: it's just clunky.

27. T-Mobile Park: Some brand names - like Target, or Progressive - have separate meanings as words, and work well. T-Mobile does not. Sorry, Mariners.

28. Truist Park: Seriously, this name is not good! Change it back!

29. RingCentral Coliseum: The A's have long struggled to name their ballpark, back to its original mouthful: the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. This one isn't much better.

30. Guaranteed Rate Field: The White Sox easily have the worst ballpark name in the majors. It sounds like you're getting scammed - and, with a team that hasn't won 90 games since 2006, you kind of are.

NL East

1. Marlins Park: Imagine a park full of marlins, instead of the baseball team. That sounds so pleasant.

2. Nationals Park: It's not inspiring, but it's still the team name, which is cooler than a sponsor.

3. Citi Field: As far as sponsorships go, a team in the country's largest city getting "Citi" is pretty good.

4. Citizens Bank Park: Inoffensive, if middle-of-the-road, the Phillies' ballpark excels when it's shortened to "CBP".

5. Truist Park: We've been over this, it's bad.

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Elton Brand hasn't made Sixers any better, which makes you wonder about his job security

Elton Brand hasn't made Sixers any better, which makes you wonder about his job security

New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero was fired over the weekend, as the Devils spiral towards the worst record in the NHL's Metropolitan Division. Shero, a vaunted GM with a Stanley Cup to his name and roster-building experience, was expected to oversee the Devils' next few years of building towards something larger. Instead, he's out of a job mid-season.

Josh Harris, who is a managing partner of both the Devils and the Sixers, didn't mince words on Sunday when explaining the decision to move on from Shero.

"We're very committed to winning," Harris said in a press conference over the weekend, per ESPN. "We weren't winning enough."

If the Devils, who weren't expected to compete for anything significant this year, weren't winning enough for Harris, it's hard to imagine the Sixers are currently scratching his itch for wins. And it makes you wonder: is Elton Brand's job in danger?

After Monday night's loss to the Pacers, the Sixers are squarely the No. 6 team in the Eastern Conference. They've lost six of eight, are on pace for just 50 wins, and have by far the worst road record of the six actually worthwhile teams in the East.

Like the Phillies of last season, the question becomes how to parcel the blame between the front office, the coaching staff, and the players. Ben Simmons still can't shoot, Brett Brown has shown an inability to turn a team rife with talent into a consistent winner, and Elton Brand built the clunky, inelegant monstrosity you see in half-court sets each night.

It feels, right now, like Brand deserves the finger-pointing.

Night in and night out, the Sixers look like a jammed-up team without an offensive identity in a league obsessed with scoring, and that problem falls on the man who constructed this roster in the first place. It's not a surprise that the Sixers need shooters and players who can create their own offense — those problems existed last season — and yet, after a very expensive offseason, the same needs remain.

Brand has been GM for roughly 16 months. He traded for Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, offloading picks and lesser pieces in the process, then moved Butler and brought in Al Horford and Josh Richardson. Whether Brand's moves have actually made the Sixers any better, though, isn't apparent.

They've been better against important teams — regular wins over the Celtics and the Bucks can paper over most problems — but they haven't been good enough in between the marquee matchups, including losing 14 of 21 road games this season, to put themselves in a good spot come playoff time. We know the Sixers can beat the Bucks and Celtics on a given night. Can they do it four times, without home court advantage?

With 10 games before the NBA's Feb. 6 trade deadline, Brand has one more chance to make a move (or two), which he likes to do, and possibly save the Sixers' season. 

If the Sixers aren't in the East's Top 4, they will lose in the second round again, and someone will finally have to answer. A player like Davis Bertans could help, and a player like Bogdan Bogdanovic certainly would. But if they don't arrive, or if they aren't enough, it's because Brand waited too long to fill his team's most glaring holes.

It feels unlikely that Harris would let Brand loose after a year and a half, but it also feels unlikely that he's OK with watching the capital he invested in the Sixers' win-now build go to waste.

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Philadelphia Eagles 'All or Nothing' Amazon series gets trailer, premiere date

Philadelphia Eagles 'All or Nothing' Amazon series gets trailer, premiere date

Last October, news emerged linking the Eagles to Amazon's recurring "All or Nothing" series, a behind-the-scenes show in the vein of HBO's "Hard Knocks". 

On Monday afternoon, the team shared the first teaser trailer for the series, a 20-second clip not unlike a video the team's official account would share on gameday:

The first episode debuts Feb. 7, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, five days after Super Bowl LIV.

Unsurprisingly, the Eagles didn't volunteer for the role, Eagles president Don Smolenski told the Daily News back in October. But, Smolenski said, he understands why shows like "All or Nothing" exist.

"These shows provide content to the fans. All fans, not just fans of a particular team. It gives some insight into what it’s like to go through a season. it’s appealing to a broader audience of fans," Smolenski told the Daily News at the time. "So, in terms of when the league selected us, it’s kind of like the schedule. It is what it is, and you deal with it and make the best of it. Just like we made the best of being on the road for three games in a row in October."

All things considered, the Eagles' 2019 season should make for fairly compelling viewing. Between the team battling injuries to reach the postseason, and the inner turmoil surrounding Orlando Scandrick and anonymous locker room leaks, the usually even-keel Eagles were extremely intriguing to even the average viewer.

Of course, characters make a show like this, and there are few NFL stars as boring as Carson Wentz once he steps off the field. The king of innocuous press conferences, Wentz's pregame speech during the trailer is just one platitude after another.

The show's success also relies on the Eagles allowing Amazon to have actual, unfettered behind-the-scenes access, instead of picking and choosing when the cameras are allowed to roll.

We'll see how it goes.

The series will be narrated by Jon Hamm, according to the NFL, which hopefully means Howie Roseman ends up dramatically painted as a Don Draper-type. (Disclaimer: he probably will not.)

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