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The new reality.

We are entering unchartered territory. Will there be baseball in two weeks? What will it look like? Will teams be playing to empty ballparks? Will teams find a neutral field? Or will the season just be delayed? The NBA suspended its season because one of its players got it. The […]


The Flytrap.

An article on mlb.com yesterday talked about a college team in the early 90s who was the first to implement what is now commonplace, the dramatic defensive shift in baseball. And it led to thinking how baseball has come full circle. Oberlin College in Ohio had a terrible baseball team. […]


Guzman’s new approach.

Ronald Guzman is showing up to Rangers camp a new man: himself. Like Odor, Ronald Guzman is coming to spring training with a new approach to his hitting. Every Rangers fan is desperately hoping this approach is the right one. If he could ever get his offensive game anywhere in […]


Defensive deficiencies.

This is why defensive metrics are hard. And this is why the season needs to start soon so there will be something to talk about. Yesterday, mlb.com had an article, “Each team’s best defender.” The Rangers’ might surprise you. But, then again, it won’t because they used a stat called […]


Coming soon to a ballpark near you.

When you have a new year, it’s always a time to look forward. There will be a few significant changes to baseball in 2020. The first being the 26-man roster. Because the game has devolved into mainly a bullpen duel, teams are running out of pitchers and pinch hitters. So, […]


Answers.

Richard Justice had another question and answer column on MLB.com. Paraphrasing: Q: Is Arenado a viable option and is he worth it? Justice: Blah blah blah. Risk Hem and haw. Maybe. Yack, yack. Expensive. Whatever. Reality: Yes. Why would any team not want the best player at his position. The […]


So far.

Yesterday, MLB.com’s Richard Justice wrote a column entitled, “The winners of the offseason (so far)…” Guess who made the list? One hint: the name of this site isn’t MarinersRounding3rd or PadresRounding3rd. Give up? It’s the Rangers. Here is what Justice had to say: “In an 18-day stretch, Texas’s rotation was […]


The Rangers focus.

“Our focus is getting back into contention and staying there for an extended period.” Those are the words of Rangers general manager Jon Daniels as he heads to San Diego for Monday’s beginning to the annual Winter Meetings. Daniels is a master at GMspeak. The art of saying something without […]


Thanks.

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 […]