Jepsen. 13 comments

  When last the baseball world saw Kevin Jepsen in 2016, he was reeling off an ERA of 5.68 for Tampa Bay, and a 6.16 for Minnesota. Numbers like that will make any big league club ignore you, and they all did in 2017. But before his disastrous 2016, Jepsen […]

One more. 23 comments

  Breaking news: Jesse Chavez is a Ranger. (A brief moment as the mock fanfare blares.) The Rangers reportedly added Chavez on a minor-league contract. Chavez is probably best known for being serviceable. That might be a backhanded compliment most years but this year being serviceable immediately makes Chavez a […]

Bullpenning. 38 comments

Most spring trainings are about filling one or two open slots. Right now, in the Rangers camp, it’s pretty much a crap shoot for the bullpen. Do Mike Minor and Matt Bush become starters? If they do, that significantly weakens an already bad bullpen, one without a clear-cut closer. And […]

Not satisfied. 42 comments

  Adrian Beltre is back. In more ways than one. He reported to camp in Surprise on Monday. His presence is an intimidating force in the lineup, of course. But what he brings to the table is the intangible desire to win. As T. R. Sullivan pointed out on on […]

Not considered serious. 10 comments

  This was an afterthought in Sunday’s Dallas Morning News Briefly section: Matt Moore felt some soreness behind his right knee during workouts Saturday and ended up sitting out fielding drills. The injury is not considered serious. The injury is not considered serious. Uh oh. How many times have fans […]

Exhibition game schedule. 28 comments

In six days, guys wearing Rangers uniforms will play guys wearing other teams’ uniforms. And the spring training exhibition season will be underway. Here is the schedule:    

36. 18 comments

According to The Dallas Morning News’s Evan Grant, the Rangers have the most pitchers in training camp they’ve ever had: 36. It reminds me of that Bruce Springsteen song, “57 Channels (And Nothing On).” A whole lot to see. But nothing to watch.  

Colon. 29 comments

  Jon Daniels has made a lot of jobs difficult this spring. Like the guy in charge of equipment. He has to find a place to order the XXXXXXXXXXXL jersey for Bartolo Colon. Like the caterer for the Surprise complex. How are you supposed to be expected to have on […]

Irony. 23 comments

Notes from camp so far: Irony abounds. Matt Bush is entering 2018 convinced he is going to be a starter. If this happens, it will be because Martin Perez can’t go to begin the season, and Bush will end his 2018 by the end of April with a severe arm […]

Pitchers and catchers. 46 comments

Aches and pains. Slings and arrows. Joys and heartbreaks. Winners and losers. Pulls and sprains. Hopes and dreams. Prayers and wishes. Veterans and rookies. Cinderellas and sayonaras. Sunrises and sunsets. Prospects and suspects. Balls and strikes. Fears and certainties. Expectations and disappointments. Pitchers and catchers report today. Baseball is back […]