Mann up. 111 comments


 

Last year it was Austin Bibens-Dirkx.

In 2016, it was Matt Bush.

In 2014, it was Guilder Rodriguez.

The Rangers are masters at writing Cinderella Stories.

The latest is Brandon Mann. He made his major league debut Sunday. And made his second appearance in yesterday’s extra-inning loss to Seattle, his home town team

Mann had a long and winding road since being drafted by Tampa Bay in 2002.

Sixteen years. Seventeen teams. Japanese leagues. Independent leagues. A suspension for PEDs. A whole lot of different minor leagues.

He’s thirty-four years old. And he’s a rookie. All he could say about finally getting a chance was, “It means everything. Honestly.”

Lucky for him, he stuck around long enough to pitch in a time when the Rangers are desperate for any able-bodied pitcher. But that is not to slight  what Mann has done this season. In a system of abysmal pitching, Mann has stood out like Wilt Chamberlain at the Lollypop Guild convention.

He came out of spring training with the best numbers in the system. But nobody pays attention to spring numbers.

They do pay attention after the bell rings. All Mann did then was register a 1.04 ERA and an amazing 0.75 WHIP in twelve games at Round Rock this year.

That earned him the opportunity to see what he could do against major league hitters.

So far, it’s been successful.

Sunday the left-hander pitched to six hitters. He got five out. No runs. One hit.

Last night he pitched to seven hitters. He got five out as well. No runs. One hit. One hit batter.

It didn’t take Mann long to be the most reliable pitcher in the Rangers bullpen.

Just sixteen years, and three innings.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Barolo Colon (1-1, 3.32) vs. Christian Bergman (0-0, -.–)
Game time: 2:40

How the Mariners hit against Colon.
The Rangers have never faced Bergman.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Makes me think of Terrance Mann and Moonlight Graham.

    Never thought Field was a sports movie…but Moonlight leaving the field and Costner playing catch with his Dad…two best scenes.

    • dearmidol

      I remember when I saw that movie in the theater. After the first few minutes, when the narrator is setting the stage, one of the two old ladies in front of gasped, “Oh my God, this is a baseball movie.” When it was over, the lights came on, they had tears in their eyes. It was more than a baseball movie.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I agree….it was about believing. Repairing missed opportunities. And risking it all to go for it.

        So many people never follow their dreams.

    • elkaba

      Of course it’s a baseball movie and more! That’s the whole point of the movie- baseball is way more than just another sport. It’s our American sport…
      paraphrase of Walt Whitman from Bull Durham:
      “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us.”

      • JacobMcCandles

        Disagree….its really not a BB movie while it certainly uses BB as a point to make the movie…..its far bigger than the sport.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Read Kevin’s post below…he gets it and writes of course far better than me.

  • elkaba

    Mann and ABD are kind of the problem though. For every one of them, the high reward, low risk gambles JD makes every year, there’s at least a half dozen or so that don’t pan out. I just hope he takes the lesson from this that paying more for a long shot isn’t necessary- the cheap ones have actually paid off better.

    • Tony Howell

      Jon Daniels has this team in such disarray even the great Cornelius McGillicuddy would shake his head and just keep walking.

  • GoRangers23

    Here is the information about how to find the game today. It will only be on Facebook. Colby Lewis will be on the broadcast. Refresh. If there is anyone who can figure out how to get the game link (?) on here somehow, that would be fantastic! I don’t know about that kind of thing, but I will see what I can do for those who don’t have Facebook. I will try my best, but no promises. 😄

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bd3f22d1c6fe4901cde592c22cb397d8ffba75d97ad833f8be96de60a29b0d46.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6a4f9468d7f41c5a9650149b4ee5b9d00ce1894d11bcde59e883d3d78c1a59c1.jpg

    • FlappingGums

      I don’t have Facebook and won’t worry with it this week. Y’all enjoy! 😀

      • GoRangers23

        Would you want to watch it if I can somehow put a link from here?

        • FlappingGums

          Sure! But don’t worry about it on my account. If others want it, I’ll sure watch it.

          • GoRangers23

            I’m trying. I can’t even find it myself yet. ☹️

    • JacobMcCandles

      Who is responsible for this FAKEBOOK SPIT….is it MLB? JD? Its crap.

      • GoRangers23

        MLB is responsible.

  • GoRangers23
    • GoRangers23

      This might work.

    • FlappingGums

      Please read your PM.

  • FlappingGums

    Go – I appreciate all your help. Today I have something else I need to do.

    • GoRangers23

      Sorry Flap! I tried. ☹️

  • dearmidol

    Odor made contact.

    • Rowdy Yates

      With what? …. aliens?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Jodie took your girl and gone….lol

  • Rowdy Yates

    What the HELL are all the comments scrolling over the screen for? How do you get that off the screen so you can actually watch the game?

    • dearmidol

      You talking about the comments on the right side?

      • Rowdy Yates

        On my laptop they’re on the left side and scroll constantly over half the action on the screen.

        • dearmidol

          Are you watching full screen?

          • Rowdy Yates

            yes.

          • dearmidol

            Hmmm. I am too and I don’t have any comments scrolling.

            Can you hover your mouse over the lower right and see the volume? There are a few icons next to that. The one to the left should say, Quiet Mode. Click on that and they should disappear.

          • Rowdy Yates

            Got it off. All I had to do was run my finger across the screen and it went away. Hard for old dogs to figure out this stuff particularly on my wife’s iPad since I won’t get near Facebook on mine! Thanks for the effort!

    • GoRangers23

      Swipe to the right……. This is so stupid!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    My opinion is in . . . the stream is behind game day. and it likes to cut out. But since a was of blank spaces would be require I don’t have much to post.

  • dearmidol

    My stream keeps freezing and kicking me off. This is worthless.

    • WhoKnowscs

      I keep trying to find out how to use my Roku but they seem to have screwed that up with a app that no longer works right

    • JacobMcCandles

      Lift the lid

    • GoRangers23

      Mine isn’t kicking me off, but it is really blurry. This is retarded!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Whoever decided this was up to snuff at MLB should be fired.

    • GoRangers23

      Every single one of us needs to complain about it so that they don’t do it again.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Game is secondary to all the bs stuff with the feel good manager talk etc. I’d rather watch commercials than listen to the managers and players yakkin’ with the announcers.

    • GoRangers23

      That is the truth! I do not care for Harold anyway.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I like him plus he got so screwed by ESPN

      • Rowdy Yates

        Harold is a legend in his own mind. But … he is knowledgeable about the game. Just wish he’d stop talking once in awhile. Baseball is a game where silence can be golden sometimes but Harold has to fill every second with his talk.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Colon tosses away the pain

    • GoRangers23

      Hopefully it hit more chub than rib bone. 😄

  • JacobMcCandles

    Our Ace is pitching another gem today

  • JacobMcCandles

    Seattle deploying the Hinch Gallo shift

  • WhoKnowscs

    Well the no htter is gone.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Odor has that power swing going.

  • FlappingGums

    I feel so stupid. I’ve been trying to get on to the game. Forget it. I’ll watch some game on tv. This didn’t work for me.

    • GoRangers23

      I’m sorry Flap! This is really, truly a stupid thing that they have done. It’s one thing to open up a game on Facebook for those people who are out of state and can’t get the games any other way, but it is totally something else to MAKE us all do it this way even though we already pay for cable and MLB At Bat, etc.

    • GoRangers23

      There isn’t absolutely no reason to feel stupid. I couldn’t find it for a while myself. They shouldn’t have done this this way. Very frustrating!

  • WhoKnowscs

    On the bright side . . . only 2 Ranger K’s so far

    • WhoKnowscs

      Colon has 0 k’s so far.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Romine K’s

  • Rowdy Yates

    OK the split screen with the constant interviews and King Harold talking about everything BUT the game is enuf for me. Later Rounders!

    • WhoKnowscs

      I’m fine with the stream . . . it’s the awful interface that kills it.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Is there an announcer you do like?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Scully, Nadel

        • JacobMcCandles

          Was for Rowdy…but a huge yes to Nadel…….love Scully’s voice but doesn’t do as much for me as others

      • Rowdy Yates

        Nadel & Dizzy Dean.

  • WhoKnowscs

    The only good thing is: this game is flying by without the breaks.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Talking about not bunting against the shift.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Inning’s already over but Gallo is still up on the stream.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Another great play by Profar….good grief

    • GoRangers23

      What happened? I missed it.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Dropped the ball on a DP

        • GoRangers23

          I’m not surprised.m

  • WhoKnowscs

    inning over.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Wahoo Bergman is out.

  • GoRangers23

    Is it really already the 8th inning?

    • WhoKnowscs

      Yes.

  • WhoKnowscs

    IKF IKF IKF!

  • GoRangers23

    Good bunt Rougie!

  • GoRangers23

    Ronald Guzman almost had his head taken off trying to bunt. That was dangerous!

  • WhoKnowscs

    DD

  • GoRangers23

    Go Delino!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Banny is using 2 relievers to get 1 out because the first one failed at his task.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Colby and Harold didn’t like Banny taking Colon out

    • GoRangers23

      Nope. I didn’t either.

      • WhoKnowscs

        I think it was (swear words)

        • GoRangers23

          I wasn’t paying a whole lot of attention, did he bring in Diekman for only one or two batters?

          • WhoKnowscs

            Yes. Dee Gordon . . . who singled so the playing MUM burned a reliever in a 1-0 game.

          • GoRangers23

            Ok, thanks.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Longest outing By a TX SP this yr…….Colon now broke top 10 in AL IN ERA…..Big sexy is 12 and 1 at Seattle
    ….great story

  • Rowdy Yates

    The kids can run. Nice 2nd run on that play,

  • GoRangers23

    WOOOO HOOOOOO! GO FELLAS!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Harold …. “Passed ball is the most exciting play in baseball.” Wow.

    • GoRangers23

      Yep…..

      • JacobMcCandles

        Harold is very BB intelligent

  • JacobMcCandles

    Alfalfa is a player……BB Smarts

  • GoRangers23

    Two runs on a strikeout! That’s the way we do it in Texas! Lol

    • WhoKnowscs

      If you can’t beat the K learn to use it. Or more, luck into it.

  • GoRangers23

    They walked in a run and almost took Delino’s head off in the process.

  • WhoKnowscs

    The Runs are piling up now.

    • GoRangers23

      This is a good game. It’s a shame it wasn’t on tv.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Seattle Christmas early

  • WhoKnowscs

    Kela is choking.

    • WhoKnowscs

      And then he gets the double play.

  • GoRangers23

    YAAAY! 5-1. We won!

  • dearmidol

    Good way to finish the road trip.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Still have White Sox in Chicago.

  • WhoKnowscs

    No more Facebook games please.

    • GoRangers23

      Since this is something that MLB is doing with Facebook, and it lasts all season long, one day game each week, we will probably see it happen again, unfortunately.

  • WhoKnowscs

    The Brewers-Dbacks game on MLB network is pretty quiet.

    • WhoKnowscs

      almost like a golf match. but slightly more cheering. But its close though.

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    The only good thing about the FB game was Colby.

    • GoRangers23

      I agree, other than the fact that we won. That was a really good thing. 😄

  • elkaba

    Don’t have Fakebook, so I didn’t get to see the game, but I hear Colon was outstanding. Nice win.

  • GoRangers23

    Midol, I just read this article. “like Wilt Chamberlain at the Lollipop Guild Convention”. Priceless! 😅

  • JacobMcCandles

    Never
    about the money…….Dodgers vs Miami today both 16-26……….Gotta grow your talent, ask the Cubs about the 100+ mill they blew on Darvish. Cemented them on no more WS for the next 3/4 yrs unless they spend even more

  • JacobMcCandles

    Verlander 120 pitches complete game shut out….what a concept