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Speaking of rule changes, a few are going to happen for next year.

One, rosters size will change from 25 to 26. The players union loves that idea because it just created 30 more jobs, 30 more members.

September call-ups are changing from a 40-man roster size to 28. That should help avoid the endless relief pitching changes at the end of the year when teams had so many extra bullpen arms. The idea of having a 40-man roster was silly anyway. Finally, they will bring some common sense.

There will be a maximum of thirteen pitchers during most of the season, fourteen in September.

And chances are pretty good that the National League will adopt the Designated Hitter. If you think about how the game is played now, where starting pitchers go only five innings, that means the pitcher might bat once, maybe twice in those five innings. After that, it’s a pinch hitter every time that spot comes up in the lineup. So all the worry about losing the strategy of the pitcher batting is pretty much gone anyway. They aren’t in the game long enough to make a difference one way or the other at the plate. All the strategy purists will miss is pretty much gone anyway. Might as well have one pinch hitter for the pitcher instead of three.

The union is expected to vote down the idea of a three-batter minimum per pitcher, which is something Rob Manfred wanted in an effort to cut down on pitching changes.

  • Mr.C

    UPDATED: 2019 Texas Rangers Batting Leaders:
    ((( Starting to see Tocci in almost every category )))

    Hits:
    Fontana (8)
    Guzman (7)
    Pence (7)
    Tocci (7)

    Doubles:
    Pence (4)
    Ibanez (3)
    Mazara (3)

    HRs:
    Guzman (3)
    Davidson (3)
    Odor (3)

    Average:
    IKF (.462)
    Andrus (.455)
    Fontana (.400)
    Tocci (.389)

    OBP:
    Andrus (.500)
    IKF (.500)
    Tocci (.476)

    SLG:
    Odor (1.000)
    Guzman (.850)
    Tocci (.833)

    OPS:
    Tocci (1.310)
    Odor (1.286)
    IKF (1.269)
    Guzman (1.259)
    Andrus (1.045)
    Santana (1.025)
    Davidson (1.016)

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      If these stats hold up at the end of ST, Tocci should get a shot as a starting OF and IKF should be the starting catcher.

      • Mr.C

        I would like to see Tocci in the starting lineup against MLB pitchers before making that call.

        IKF proved last year that he can hit MLB pitchers. He is still in need of learning framing and game calling.

        • elkaba

          And THAT is why we have Mathis on board this year! Good move by JD.

        • CrazyEd

          And blocking pitches. If he’d have had enough games to qualify, he’d have led the league in passed balls. His has been an amazing journey to watch. Three years ago I would have given him zero chances of making the majors. He couldn’t get the ball out of the infield. In a single year he went from a guy that had zero power and hit nothing but infield dribblers to what you see today. Just one year! The transformation in such short time was an amazing thing. He had never hit a home run, not even in little league, until the year when he hit, I think 5, in Frisco. Amazing!

          • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

            IKF had 4 PB in 35 games. Sanchez lead with 18 PB in 76 games.

          • CrazyEd

            Thanks, I had no idea of the actual number, just that he needed improvement in the area.

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          Framing is subjective and with the quality of umpires calling balls and stikes doesn’t mean much. If he needs help with game calling (which I doubt) it can be done from the side lines by Mathis or the Manager. IKF is the future and playing 80 or 100 games this year will give him the experience he needs. The Rangers are not going to the playoffs this year so let him gain the experience.

          • Mr.C

            To be honest with you; I don’t understand the love affair the team has with IKF as a catcher. we have seen him playing multiple positions and the one he impressed the most was 3rd base.

            Cabrera will be fine at 3B; but I would have given IKF the opportunity to be a regular/every day 3B for the team this year.

          • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

            It’s ok with me if IKF plays 3B. I want him in the lineup. He may be the best hitter on this team. Lets find out.

          • Mr.C

            2nd best hitter in the team…

            The best hitter in the team, no question about it is ……..

            (((( Elvis Andrus ))))

          • elkaba

            LOLA. Boy, have we missed you! Hahahahaha

          • JacobMcCandles

            Catcher is the hardest position on the field and finding a good one is FANTASTIC

          • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

            True dat.

          • Mr.C

            Don’t disagree with that statement. I just don’t see an Ivan Rodriguez in IKF. Is he better than Trevino in the catcher position?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Well I don’t see Pudge in 98% of all catchers I have ever seen, as he is either #1 or #2 best catcher ever. Can’t speak to Trevino…looks good in the minors!

          • Mr.C

            All I’m saying is that IKF is a much better player in 3B.

          • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

            There are no Ivan Rodriguez’s in BB today. If that’s the criteria we are screwed.

          • Mr.C

            That’s what probably most people said after watching Johnny Bench.

            PS. Have you watched Wilson Contreras playing?

          • CrazyEd

            AT least for now, he can hit. Trevino is, by reputation at least, better defensively. There are still a lot of unanswered questions with IKF. Such as, will his body hold up under the rigors of catching. Something the Rangers will more than likely find out this year while Trevino spends time in AAA working on his hitting. IKF could very well develop into a full time catcher. He has not been catching that long and never full time. He only started in High A ball where Trevino took him under his wing. They are still very close.

          • Mr.C

            All I’m saying is that IKF is a much better 3B.

  • elkaba

    Kevin, Some people think the DH rule killed the manager as master strategist. Some think it extends the shelf life of extraordinary hitters, often by years. So like most things it’s glass half empty or half full depending on how you view it. But I think you’re right about all of it. Sabermetrics, hands on GM’s and TJ surgeries have killed the complete or near complete game pitchers, so it’s become a moot point.

    • dearmidol

      Only seven starters logged 200-plus innings in the National League last year. Here his how many at-bats per game each had:

      Scherzer, 2.4
      deGrom, 2.5
      Nola, 2.2
      Greinke, 2.4
      Freeland, 2.4
      Mikolas, 2.2
      Corbin, 2.2

      So, at the upper end, pitchers are getting slightly more than two at-bats a game. And that’s for the workhorses. It stands to reason that for most starters in the rotation, they are getting fewer than two at-bats per game. So someone is already hitting for the pitcher half the at-bats anyway.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Never liked or respected the DH…..created for the casual fan cuz it brought more scoring. Made the traditionalist embrace the NL even more by the heightened strategy. But you are right it is balancing out..and as much as I dislike the rule, its gone on long enough to where we should become uniform.

        Interesting tidbit….13 pitchers logged 200+ innings in MLB last yr, 3 played for Houston

  • Mr.C

    Good morning Kevin.

    Thanks for the rules update. I personally have mixed feelings about limiting the roster to 28 in September. Strictly from the fans point of view, if your team is in contention, you should love the new rule; but if your team is not, then there goes your motivation to watch any remaining games.

    For example, last year in September, we were able to enjoy watching Calhoun, Yohaner Mendez, Sadzeck, Eddie Butler, Sampson, Springs and others. September call ups allowed us fans to set up expectations for 2019.

  • Mr.C

    Today’s lineup:
    Tocci, DD and Gallo in the outfield.

    Lynn will face a though starting lineup from the Colorado Rockies.

    Should be a good one today! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd1ba5df03579b19ccaee859dc4bfb42ab09e1b9e8af9465a5219e3b5300e7a2.jpg

  • CrazyEd

    IKF doesn’t have a lock on the single year improvement thing. Tocci has been an exciting ride also. His progress last year was fun to watch. Now he had added some power to the mix. Winter ball, time in the weight room, and a young body will sometimes do that.

    https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texas-rangers/rangers/2019/03/07/touch-em-carlos-toccis-statsspeak-volumes-progress-rangers-cf

  • CrazyEd

    Odor on his personal batting coach, Choo. Remember last year when Odor made the sudden improvement at the plate? He gave credit to Choo, no the batting coaches. It appear to be an on going thing.

    https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texas-rangers/rangers/2019/03/07/inside-exchange-rougned-odor-shin-soo-choo-illustrative-overall-vibe-rangers-camp

  • CrazyEd

    Hint on “Sportsday” articles. They use cookies to limit your daily number of views. Easy fix. After reading an article, go to your browsers preferences, go to privacy and security, cookies and site data, manage data, find the Sportsday cookie, and delete it leaving the rest of the cookies untouched. Sounds complicated, but not, it takes just a few seconds. Your button names may be different but not enough to matter. I use Firefox so for other browsers the names will be slightly different.

    • elkaba

      Or just take the e-paper, like me… unlimited access to everything! And support for local journalism. (I don’t want to wake up one day and find all my news is coming from NYC! 🙂

      • CrazyEd

        Good idea if you have any interest in anything other than the occasional baseball article. I have no interest in local Dallas news. I subscribe to my local paper and get my daily news there. I don’t have an unlimited budget.

        • elkaba

          Any local paper is the idea!

          • CrazyEd

            It’s got everyting I’m interested in. National news, International news and a LOT of military news you don’t get in most other papers. I also subscribe to on line versions of Japanese, Israeli and British papers. I just don’t have any need for a Dallas paper.

      • dearmidol

        Amen to that elk. Maybe even a double amen.

  • GoRangers23

    Here are today’s pics. Matthew McConaughey made his yearly trip to the ballpark to promote his Just Keep Livin’ foundation. Refresh. Today’s game starts at 2:10 CT. Have a great day!

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  • GoRangers23
  • CrazyEd
  • CrazyEd

    All the proposed rules changes in one place compliments of Baseball America. Well worth the subscription price if your a baseball fan.

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/mlb-atlantic-league-announce-rule-changes-that-include-robot-umps-pushing-mound-back/

  • CrazyEd

    Shoot! What a bummer that was.

  • CrazyEd

    Elvis … Slam!!!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    GRAND SALAMI

  • Mr.C

    As I said earlier

    ((( ELVIS is FANTASTIC ))))

  • GoRangers23

    Why is it that every time I’m NOT listening to the game, something incredible happens? Way to go Elvis!!

    • Mr.C

      Do you know I have his jersey?

      • GoRangers23

        Ha! Yes, I believe I remembered that. 😁

  • Mr.C

    Tocci again !

  • Mr.C

    ((( Tocci must be on STEROIDS )))

  • CrazyEd

    Odor has morphed into Choo xxxx a walk machine.

    • Mr.C

      I hope it carries into the Regular season.

  • Mr.C

    Lynn had an impressive outing against a though lineup.
    What a great signing from JD.

    • Mr.C

      Nadel must be reading our RR3 posts.
      He just commented on Lynn.

      LOLA

  • Mr.C

    If there is a “Martin” in your name, you should not be allowed to play for the Texas Rangers.

  • CrazyEd

    Lynn’s outing is looking better by the minute. Martin and Gardewine both have not been doing well, to say the least.

  • Mr.C

    Tocci on base ….. AGAIN !

    Delino who?

    • CrazyEd

      I was thinking more along the lines of Willie who.

      Calhoun:
      Projected to hit well, will he?
      Left handed bat
      Questionable defense
      LImited to LF and DH
      Tocci:
      Will his hitting continue?
      Plays all three outfield position
      Much better defensively
      Right handed bat
      Much better speed

      • Mr.C

        I don’t think Calhoun makes the team.

        Think about it:
        13 position players in the roster:

        Gallo, Mazara, Choo, Cabrera, Andrus, Odor, Guzman, IKF and Mathis are not competing for a position

        That leaves 4 openings:
        1. Davidson = corner infield + RHR
        2. Forsythe or Fontana = middle infielder
        3. Pence = corner outfield
        4. ??? <= would you place DD here, or Tocci ? Or another reliever?

        There is no room for Calhoun in the roster!

        • CrazyEd

          As it stands right now, and if I had a vote, Willie would not make the team. I don’t have a vote, so….

          • Mr.C

            Neither do I. I’m wondering what Woodward will do; but there is a lot ST to play. I can’t remember last time Davidson got on base and there are other players that may not have any options that have been playing good.

            Ibanez comes to mind. Too bad he got injured.

        • elkaba

          Tocci. Play the hot hand.

  • Mr.C

    I like this pitcher, Hearn

  • dearmidol

    Been running around all day and haven’t had a chance to look at the score. Wow, great game.

    • Mr.C

      Positives:
      1. Lynn was impressive against a tough Rockies starting lineup
      2. Tocci continues hitting the ball and hitting it hard.
      3. Elvis continues to be FANTASTIC!
      4. Odor had great at-bats resulting in 0hits but 3 walks.

      Did I mentioned Elvis is FANTASTIC?

      • dearmidol

        I really hope Odor figures it out. He can be such an offensive force.

        • Mr.C

          Roger that!

        • CrazyEd

          If he sticks with his buddy Choo, he’ll be fine. He gave Choo all the credit for his offensive turn around last year and Choo’s been working with him this year.

  • dearmidol

    MY TICKETS CAME IN THE MAIL! MY TICKETS CAME IN THE MAIL! MY TICKETS CAME IN THE MAIL! MY TICKETS CAME IN THE MAIL!

    • CrazyEd

      Congrats. Now you have something to wish for the end of spring training.

    • GoRangers23

      Lol

  • Mr.C

    I would love to see Davidson close this game

    • CrazyEd

      That’d be neat

      • Mr.C

        Wondering why he hasn’t thrown a pitch during ST

        • CrazyEd

          I don’t know, they did work him out and said they were pleased with the results. Maybe after they thin out the roster again so they don’t have so many pitchers they may give him a go.

          • Mr.C

            Makes sense !

  • CrazyEd

    I watched/listened to Huang last year when he was at Frisco and was less than impressed.

  • possumrld

    I don’t care it if is “just Spring Training”. Christ Martin should have been pulled way before he was pulled.

    • dearmidol

      Only thing I can think of is if he was working on mechanics or trying out a new pitch and they wanted to let him go for it.

      • possumrld

        Well, Kev, it didn’t seem to be working. 🙂

      • CrazyEd

        This just popped into mind. Remember Koji Uehara? Not a bad reliever that threw a splitter. I remember all the consternation during spring training when he couldn’t get anybody out. Said his splitter wasn’t working. As soon as he got out of the AZ thin air everything was good. Martin is working on a splitter. Coincidence?

    • CrazyEd

      I don’t know if it’s the case or not, but he’s been working on a splt finger pitch and it had been working. Maybe it wasn’t working today. Just a guess.

      • possumrld

        Yeah, Ed, something wasn’t working. Of that there is no doubt. 🙂 But it is early, and it is yet Spring Training.

  • dearmidol

    Well, that was ugly.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Lynn pitched well…Tocci gets another RBI raising his total to 9!!

    • possumrld

      Yeah, Jake. I may have to eat some serious crow in Tocci’s case. That is OK though, I hope I do! Because to me, it is always better to be wrong about a guy, thinking they are a bust, and then they eventually prove me wrong, rather than touting how great some guy is going to be, only to get disappointed later on.