Texas Rangers

Es. 17 comments

Spring is teaching us one thing about the Rangers. It’s going to be a generous team. They will be philanthropists. Two more unearned runs yesterday. Twenty-four errors in twenty-two games. Spring is for fundamentals. Those things don’t seem to be being addressed at Rangers camp. Defense has never been a […]

Home stretch. 31 comments

In the home stretch. Two more weeks until opening day. There don’t seem to be may surprises in Surprise. Nobody is coming out of nowhere to turn heads. No dark horse is emerging. No Austin Bibens-Dirkx stories. Clayton Blackburn could have been that story. He has had the ignominy of […]

First round of re-assignments. 31 comments

In case you missed it yesterday, the Rangers made their first big round of roster moves, assigning fourteen players to their minor league camp. The biggest name was Willie Calhoon, the man without a natural defensive position, who the Rangers acquired for Yu Darvish. Others sent down were pitchers Austin […]

Bush’s role defined. 69 comments

He was the Rangers closer for a while last year. He came into camp determined to make the starting rotation. Rangers manager Jeff Banister has declared he will be neither in 2018. He will, instead, be a middle-reliever. The Rangers version of an Andrew Miller. And that might be the […]

Real fake baseball. 71 comments

It was good to see the Rangers Uniforms get a win yesterday, meaningless or not. It was the way they did that counted. For once, they didn’t give away runs. In fact, the miscues came from the Athletics Uniforms. Proving you can’t get the Ranger out of you when you […]

Hope. 17 comments

Yesterday on mlb.com, Richard Justice had his list of five teams that will be better than you think. The Rangers were on that list. Here’s what he said: “Rangers starters have a 3.15 ERA this spring, and now they’ve added Tim Lincecum to the back of the bullpen. Starting and […]

tExas. 35 comments

A lot of the talk on the Rangers radio so far this spring has been on the high number of unearned runs the Rangers have given up so far. This team is error prone. But, it’s just spring. Spring stats don’t count. Spring is when they are practicing. Nothing to […]

Hola, Julio Pablo Martinez. 54 comments

    For the longest time, Texas has been stockpiling international bonus pool money to snag once-in-a-lifetime player Shohei Ohtani. When that didn’t work out, they set their sights on Cuban center fielder Julio Pablo Martinez, a 5-foot, 10-inch offensive machine, who they just signed for $2.8 million. Martinez has […]