Surprise notes.

It’s the last day of February, and there have been only afew developments at Surprise. The one that’s no surprise at all is the continued bad luck affecting Josh Hamilton. His knee operation is pretty much the end of the line for him. It will take a miracle to see […]


Knee-railed. 50 comments

A week into spring training and Josh Hamilton has sort of dominated Rangers news. Mainly because there is no Rangers news. After coming into camp saying his thrice-repaired left knee was one hundred percent healed, the minute he did drills, he felt pain. He flew back to Dallas to have […]


The year of Yu. 42 comments

Yesterday was the first practice game for Rangers jerseys. They lost to Royals jerseys. The same two sets of laundry play again today at 2:05. What’s notable is Yu Darvish pitches. This might be the last one of these for Yu as a Ranger. His contract runs out after this season. […]


Spring Ws. 82 comments

As exhibition games start, it’s important to understand the importance of these games. Last spring, the Los Angeles Angels had the best record in the American League at 19-9. Then they went on and finished 74-88, 21 games behind the Rangers in the West. Only three teams in the league […]


67-47. 63 comments

Texas returned to twenty games over .500 with another late-inning rally over the Rockies, whose bullpen was as horrible as the Rangers’. ***** TAKING ADVANTAGE. Originally published August 10, 2016. Remember all those games the Rangers would lose with Wilhelmsen coming out of the bullpen? Or Cesar Ramos? Or Luke […]


When predictions come true. 51 comments

    It was supposed to be a joke.  The first injury of the spring was so predictable. Last week I posted: 9:00, First full squad work out. 9:01,  Josh Hamilton injured, lost for the season. Yesterday, Josh Hamilton went down with an injured left knee after doing running drills. […]


66-47. 38 comments

Texas scored three in the top of the ninth to pull out another come-from-behind win, 4-3, over Colorado in Denver. Beltre led off the ninth with a single, then was erased on an Odor fielder’s choice. Profar walked. Odor and Profar pulled off a double steal. Elvis singled both of […]


Glasses. 39 comments

  Spring production is either glass half full or glass half empty. If a player is struggling, and he is someone targeted to make the team, then it’s simply a matter of “spring stats don’t matter, he is just working on things.” If a player is struggling and he’s not […]


65-47. 35 comments

Texas split the first two games of a three-game series in Houston, and was up 3-0 late in the third game behind a dominating start from Yu Darvish but the Rangers’ generous bullpen gave up two in the eighth and one in the ninth to blow the win. Texas had […]


64-47. 4 comments

Remember Lucas Harrell? The human pitch count? Watching him pitch was painful, like watching the first year of kid pitch baseball. You had absolutely no idea where the ball was going to end up once he let it go. Except one thing. You knew it was going to end up out of […]