How to build a team.

After winning the N.L. East the past three seasons, Atlanta was picked by most baseball experts to win their division again in 2021. Then the season unfolded. At the trade deadline they were treading water, stuck in third place, under .500.  Their young superstar outfielder, Ronald Acuña, Jr., broke his […]

The end.

Blanked by the Indians. It was a fitting end to the most inept of seasons. It was a season of questions that produced question marks rather than answers. Is there anyone offensively worth keeping? Of course, they will keep most everyone. First, it would be unlikely to replace an entire […]

All-Star hopefuls.

Despite Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s bluster about being the best shortstop, the Rangers had only one position player close to being voted onto the All-Star Game roster. Adolis Garcia finished fifth in outfield voting in the American League. Mike Trout finished first. He was transferred to the 60-day I.L. yesterday. He won’t […]

Shake it up.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward wasn’t happy with his offense. So, he shook up the lineup. He needs to go back and shake it again. Hopefully, that will shake out some runs. In what might be a long, protracted period of losing, the Rangers were shut out in Seattle last night […]

No luck.

The good luck charm ran out of magic last night. John King had been the rabbit’s foot and four-leaf clover and lucky bottle cap all in one for Rangers manager Chris Woodward. In twelve relief appearances, King had already picked up four wins. Those four Ws, in fact, lead all […]

Rangers offense gets AARP card.

The Rangers offense is like a retirement community in Florida. They dine at the early bird special, then head home to retire early to bed. From innings one through three, the Rangers are batting .304. After that, a deep sleep. From innings four through nine, the offense drops off the […]

Goodbye, Elvis.

One day he is telling sportswriters that Elvis Andrus will be the Rangers third baseman moving forward. The next day he is trading him. Chris Young is officially a general manager. You cannot believe a word he says. That is not a knock again him. That’s not to call him […]

Expect a full season.

On Monday, the Cactus League asked the office of Major League Baseball to delay spring training by three weeks as a way to curb the rise of COVID outbreaks in Arizona. That sent a scare among baseball fans that the 2021 season will be truncated like the 2020 season was. […]

International signings.

The international signing period was supposed to have started, as always, last July. But due to the pandemic, it was switched to January 15, a few days ago. So far, twenty-eight of the top thirty international prospects have signed. None with the Rangers. This is where the Rangers, and particularly […]

Expensive leather.

There was a store in the mall that, every time we walked past it, my kids would want to go into just to smell the leather. Leather jackets, leather purses, leather gloves. Instead of saying “No thanks, we’re just here to look around” when the sales clerk approached us, it […]