A dose of optimism.

Just click your heels together twice and keep telling yourself, this team isn’t really that good, this team isn’t really that good.  Then look at the standings and realize this team that isn’t really that good is still five games over .500. Maybe it is heading for a major course […]


Robo umpiring.

Whether we like it or not, it’s coming. Instant replay was the first step. Computers calling the strike zone is going to happen. It’s jusr a matter of when. With that in mind, Bleacher Report decided to ask players what they thought of the concept. As you might expect, opinions varied. […]


Farming.

There’s nothing like minor league baseball. The Rangers Triple-A affiliate Nashville Sounds put on a fun game. They have a huge guitar-shaped scoreboard. They have putt-putt beyond the right field seating area. Next to that, they have ping pong and cornhole and shuffleboard. They have pubs overlooking center. Oh, and […]


Baseball pioneer.

His name is Tony Thomas. He is an outfielder for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the independent Atlantic League. Last week, in the Atlantic League All-Star Game, he did something nobody has ever done before in a professional baseball game. You may recall the Atlantic League is the league […]


Fifty was nifty.

Are the Rangers for real? Yes. How do you know for sure? You can’t keep a good team down. And you cannot keep this team from coming back. They may not always come all the way back but this team has absolutely no quit in it.  Win or lose, baseball […]


Automatic.

Death. Taxes. Lance Lynn wins at home. Three things in life are inevitable. Lance Lynn has now started ten games at the Ballpark. He is 8-0 at home. The Rangers have won 9 of the ten games. The game they lost was in early June against Oakland. He came out […]


Now it gets tough.

The remedial part of the schedule is behind the Rangers. They could have played to their competition but instead they are six games over .500 in the first half of the season.  After losing 95 games last season, they were the surprise team in baseball in the first half. Here […]


Best of the best.

Last night we watched the best players at each position in the American League square off against the best players at each position in the National League.  The Rangers Joey Gallo was one of those players. In fact, he turned out to be the difference maker. One pitch, one monster […]


Ten thoughts on the Home Run Derby.

1. Vlad Guerrero Jr stole the show but not the championship trophy or the million-dollar prize money. Which is okay. Josh Hamilton didn’t win it in 2008 but his performance is all anyone remembers from that night. 2. Guerrero didn’t make the All-Star team and is not going to be Rookie […]


Minor incident.

Kevin Sherrington asked some interesting questions in an article in yesterday’s Dallas Morning News. It was about Mike Minor, and the curious case of the Rangers not letting him pitch the final game of the first half, and preventing him from pitching in the All-Star game. It seemed like the […]