A tale of two players. 52 comments

  Was it goodbye? Not sure whether this was going to be Beltre’s last ever home game as a Ranger, manager Don Wakamatsu decided to allow the crowd to give him a hero’s send off. As the six inning started, Beltre took his customary position at third. Then, Wakamatsu sent […]

Shutout again. 61 comments

  Welcome to the One Strike Away Club, Mike Minor. You are now officially a Texas Ranger. After battling through four innings in which he gave up a few hits but no runs, Minor had two outs, nobody on, and two strikes to Seattle’s Mitch Haniger. He got a fastball […]

Next? 80 comments

  Okay, the when is out of the way. That happened yesterday. The Rangers fired manager Jeff Banister. Now it’s the endless chatter about the who. Who replaces him? Don’t expect anyone with a name, meaning proven, like Joe Girardi. Daniels won’t put up with anyone who is more accomplished […]

Banister’s role TBD. 138 comments

  A couple weeks ago the analysts on MLB Network Radio were discussing managers on the hot seat.  C.J. Nitkowski was one of the analysts. When the discussion got to Jeff Banister, the other host pointed out that with the direction of the Rangers this season and last season, Banister’s […]

Cross another off the list. 57 comments

The Rangers have an off day today. The cynic—and the realist—would say this will be their fourth off day in a row, after the three games they just played against Tampa Bay. It was the second time in the last four series the Rangers were swept. The season seems to […]

Whimper. 23 comments

  So much for going out with a bang. More like 2018 is ending with a whimper. The Rangers were shut out for the second game in a row, and third time in their last seven games. For historical context, you’d have to go all the way back to August […]

Sampson solid in loss. 45 comments

  Back to playing above-.500 competition, the Rangers looked every bit the below-.500 team. The Tampa Bay Rays have been one of the top three teams in the American League since the All-Star break, mainly on the strength of their pitching. Last night, the Rangers once again let their talent […]

What’s left of the bullpen implodes. 64 comments

  Once the Rangers realized they had no shot at post-season—which for the front office was July 31 but for the fan base was December 15 when they acquired Matt Moore with the intention of putting him the rotation—they traded away their bullpen. Once they traded away their bullpen, they […]

Science experiment. 85 comments

  Watching major league baseball lately, it’s as if the sport was just invented last week and everyone is trying to figure it out. Like they are six-year-olds discovering automatic power windows for the first time and they are marveling that you can make the windows go up and down […]

They’re here. 74 comments

  Sometimes you just have to wait. Last night’s 4-0 gem over the San Diego Padres is a textbook lesson in patience. Possibly the two biggest prospects in the Rangers system the last few years have been Jurickson Profar and Yohander Mendez. Without question the two biggest disappointments have been […]