On this Thanksgiving Day, there’s a lot to be thankful for. I’m thankful for baseball.  It’s a cliché to say that bad baseball is better than no baseball but offseasons are tough. Without games to watch, it’s six months of darkness. While the baseball being played by my hometown hero […]

On cheating.

This sign stealing ordeal was wrong. What the Astros did in 2017 was cheating. There is no gray area. They knew it. Which is why they kept it hidden. That’s a dead giveaway it they knew it was wrong. Stealing signs from second base isn’t cheating. Everybody knows the other […]

Third rate.

What a difference a retirement makes. For the previous eight seasons the Rangers had the top third basemen in baseball. In a position heavy on offense and thick with talent, Texas had the best in Adrian Beltre. Then he had to go and get old. Replacing Beltre was always going […]

Back to Houston.

This World Series has been the opposite of home sweet home. After five games the road team has won every time. If that holds up, it would be good news for Washington as the Series shifts back to Houston. The Nationals have Stephen Strasburg on the mound tomorrow against Justin […]

Happy playoff day.

Other than opening day, today is the best baseball day of the season. Four playoff games in one day.  For baseball fans, it’s like Christmas in October. Maybe one day one of those playoff teams could be the Texas Rangers. In the Jon Daniels regime, this is now the second […]

October baseball.

Beware of September results. On the surface, it looked like Oakland was running out a dominating starter last night against Tampa Bay. Sean Manaea came into last night’s wild card game with a sparkling 4-0 record and an ERA of 1.21, having made just five last-season starts after missing the […]

The first rule of baseball.

From the moment you come out of your mother’s womb you instinctively learn two things. One, how to breathe. Two, good pitching beats good hitting. It’s been that way since the beginning of time. It’s that way now. Good pitching beats good hitting.  On Monday good pitching shut out the […]

Living the dream.

Edinson Volquez re-emerged from oblivion the other day. He pitched a scoreless inning in a meaningless loss to Seattle at home. The inning he pitched was anything but meaningless. September is will mean the world to him.  Volquez was part of the Tommy John Trio that included fellow surgery patients […]

More rumor talk. 16 comments

Nothing to report in Rangersland except for what is on MLBtraderumors.com: “The Rangers have continued to discuss a couple of free-agent infielders—Josh Harrison and Yangervis Solarte—and stayed in contact with free-agent right-hander Adam Ottavino, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. “Either Harrison or Solarte, the latter of whom […]