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Thanks.

Thanks for sticking with RangerRounding3rd.com for another season of Rangers baseball. Our slogan, “Making Rangers baseball tolerable since 2014,” couldn’t have been more appropriate.

2018 was a mostly forgettable season. The front office threw in the towel. Fans followed suit soon thereafter. The Ballpark looked like a Sears on a Saturday night.

We just wrapped up the fifth season of RR3. That is amazing. In that time we’ve seen mostly losing baseball: in 2014, 2017, and 2018. We’ve seen two division titles. We’ve seen epic meltdowns in Toronto.

We’ve seen the sustained brilliance of Adrian Beltre, the redemption of Elvis Andrus, the shear willpower of Cole Hamels putting the team on his shoulders and winning Game 162 in 2015 to avoid another collapse. We’ve seen the farm system finally produce a crop of youngsters that is the core of the next few seasons.

We’ve been through Ron Washington, Tim Bogar, and Jeff Banister.

Sadly, we’ve lost a few great friends along the way. We have picked up a lot of new ones, too. In all, I am always amazed at the passion and time people devote to this online community.

And I thank you for it.

It’s hard to predict so soon in the off-season what the Rangers are going to do to improve. But common sense and past performance would dictate there isn’t enough money and aren’t enough bargaining chips to make this a playoff-caliber team next season. Stranger things have happened. But I will go out on a limb right here and right now and say the Rangers have as much chance of making a playoff run in 2019 as Elvis does of riding a unicorn over a double rainbow to Sasquatch’s house. And I mean the original Elvis.

We have three and a half long cold months until pitcher and catchers report in mid-February. Then a month of meaningless games where guys in Rangers uniforms play games against guys in other team’s uniforms.

The Rangers begin defense of their last-place crown Thursday, March 28, at home against the Cubs.

Between today and then I will post daily to keep the site going. Not sure what it’s going to be. Probably just links to other articles. There isn’t a whole to look back fondly on from the 2018 season.

The next few days are about players declaring free agency, teams and players picking up options, qualifying offers being made, then free agent rumors ad nauseam.

For the Rangers front office, let the bargain hunting begin.

Thanks again for stopping by for another year.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Thank you Kevin….you are the caretaker of our Ranger home. A true bright spot to a dismal year.🍺🍺😎

    • dearmidol

      You are welcome. I would much rather be commenting daily on a winning team. That’s easier.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Amen to that one

  • elkaba

    Happy Halloween everyone! Thanks, Kevin, for another year of grinding out your great writing every day! Much appreciated.

    • dearmidol

      Thanks.

  • GoRangers23

    Kevin, thank you for all the hours you spend writing something interesting for us to read every single day! What you do is MUCH appreciated! Thank you very much!!

    Make sure you take some days off this off season though, so you can have a break. We certainly don’t want you to get burned out.

    With any luck, maybe this off season will be full of exciting things to write about. We can hope, anyway.

    • dearmidol

      Thanks, Go. I won’t get burned out. I seem to always find something that either piques my interest, which I can repost, or something to comment on.

      • elkaba

        Oh, thank goodness!

      • CrazyEd

        That is not an easy thing to do. Think of something to write about, research for relevant information, put it in story format and repeat it day after day after day. Not a job I would want, or could even do.

  • CrazyEd

    Thanks for providing a forum for us. With the demise of the MLB posting capability your the last refuge.

    Spot on except for your play off predictions. There, I think, you were being a bit optimistic.
    I’m ready for ST.

    • dearmidol

      Wait, you cannot post on MLB anymore? When did that happen? Why did that happen?

      • CrazyEd

        A couple months before the end of the season. The first I noticed it was the Angels board then it started happening to the other boards. I sent them an email asking for a reason and never got a response.

        • dearmidol

          Wow.

          • elkaba

            I used to go over to MLB and see what some old posters I knew were saying. About the middle of the season it got to where there just weren’t any posts on most stories. Kind of sad to see it go.

          • dearmidol

            There was a long-time poster called Angryman who hated everything and everyone. I won’t miss him.

          • CrazyEd

            Aw, he was sort of my bud. He had reasons for being like he was. He didn’t confine his rants to just baseball. I ran into him on a car forum also. Same story there. Believe it or not he was/is a special needs school teacher.

          • JacobMcCandles

            And he served

          • CrazyEd

            Yes sir! And he was pretty shot up. Lost a leg which is probably part of the reason he had the attitude he did.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yeah I think he played a instigator role

          • calntom

            I remember him. What a card.

          • elkaba

            LOL, yeah. He wasn’t one I went looking for!

          • JacobMcCandles

            I kept having password probs…and the Ranger fans disappered….posted on the Stro site….just got too screwed up after lyvfyre took over

  • CrazyEd

    I really like this kid. Needs some work on his defence, particularly throwing, but has time. He can hit! Not a lot of power, but that may come as he matures. He hits the ball where it’s pitched and gets the barrel on it. He has really good bat control. He’s got time to improve his defence.

    https://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa3005308&position=2B

    • dearmidol

      I’m anxious to see how any of these prospects develops.

  • JacobMcCandles

    5 polyps removed….all benign…..yippee

    • CrazyEd

      The b word is always a good thing. Congrats.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Thanks Go/Ed

    • GoRangers23

      That’s fantastic news, Jake!

    • dearmidol

      Great news.

  • CrazyEd

    AFL: What is most interesting to me in this report is the moving of JPM to LF vice his usual CF position. Why? I dunno, but it’s unusual to move players around in this league.

    Rangers (Surprise)
    Rangers No. 2 prospect
    Julio Pablo Martinez started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a
    strikeout. First baseman Charles Leblanc had two hits, including a
    triple, and two runs scored. Yanio Perez went 0-for-3 with a walk and an
    RBI groundout. Right-hander Tai Tiedemann started and pitched 3 2/3
    innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out five.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Good stuff Ed….I like reading these reports..I know it takes time

      • CrazyEd

        Being retired, time I got lots of. Doing baseball is more fun than mowing the lawn.

    • dearmidol

      Agree with Jake below. These are great. Keep them coming.

  • CrazyEd

    DWL: They make it hard to get any data, you have to go through each teams roster player by player and the players from the various ML teams are scattered among the teams. So here’s my tidbits for today. Sadzeck, in limited use 3.2 innings pitched, has an era of 0.00 so guess he’s doing well. Chi Chi has won more than he’s lost which doesn’t mean much other than he’s continuing rehab from TJ. Hanser Alberto continues to bat in the mid .300’s in every league he plays in except the majors. I don’t have an explanation. You’d think if he can hit .340 in AAA he should be able to hit .280 in the majors. Alas, never happens.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Alberto’s a career AAAA player. The Rangers have a buncha those guys the last few yrs, i.e. Rua etc.

      It is nice to see the ‘core’ that Midol and many here have referenced these past few months who appear to be on the verge of being legitimate MLB ballplayers.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Just wished there were some pitchers

        • Rowdy Yates

          They do. They’re just 3 or 4 yrs away! And 3 or 4 yrs ago they had another buncha well hyped kid pitchers in A and AA ball that were gonna “be the difference”. I’d say Leclerc is the only one that’s lived up to the hype at this point. And he’s a reliever when starting pitching is the BIG issue.

          • CrazyEd

            I just hope the Rangers don’t get excited and either trade them or move them up to quickly. Pitching is like wine, takes time.

          • dearmidol

            Pitching is like wine. And Jon Daniels is a beer drinker.

          • CrazyEd

            Uh, uh, uh don’t put down beer drinkers, I are one.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Natty lights

          • Rowdy Yates

            …. maybe he’s been drinking the Kool-Aid?

          • calntom

            The only trades JD can afford to make involve Rangers position players for controllable pitching. That might hurt next year’s winning percentage, but might look pretty good in 2020 or 21.

          • CrazyEd

            He’s hinted at trading one of the corner outfield bats. As far as I know has never identified which one.

          • calntom

            Rangers have plenty of OF’s that could be ready in 20 or 21 to backfill.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Best news of the day….Emily Jones has signed on for another year. 😘hubba hubba

    • CrazyEd

      Emily is one of the guys! The only problem I have with her is she needs to start giving the Readers Digest version instead of the Encyclopedia Britannica version of most things. I always thought she was a full time employee of the Rangers. Turns out she’s a private contractor.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yeah and Rowdy doesn’t do a great job as leader of her wardrobe director!!!! LOL

  • CrazyEd

    Just finished scanning through the Mexican league, it’s been going for 3 weeks so time to maybe see some interesting data. What’s truly interesting is the Rangers only have 2 players in the whole league neither one of which is significant or doing anything significant. Usually there’s a half dozen or so down there.

  • CrazyEd
    • JacobMcCandles

      As Jim Morrison said…I woke up this morning and I got myself a brew!!!

  • CrazyEd

    I’ve been wrestling with whether or not to post this for quite some time. I received their newsletter today that pushed me off the fence. They have a new cover material coming out, stressed water buffalo I think they call it. Anyway they produce an extremely nice Bible. I have several and each is pristine. They are not cheap, but given the quality not overly expensive either. They have several varieties, sizes etc. All KJV so if that’s not your cup of tea, don’t bother.

    https://www.churchbiblepublishers.com/

    • calntom

      NIV for me.

      • CrazyEd

        It does make life a lot easier. Another good one is the “NET Bible.” Available for free download. They also have a good study site set up. Bible.Org.

        • calntom

          Roger that. I read my Living Bible, cover to cover back in the late 80’s. That is when I actually figured out what the scoop is, so to speak……

          • JacobMcCandles

            Its funny…..I read all of it very early….didn’t quite grasp it……read most of it later, and made so much more sense….Open mind absorbs so much.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Me as well

    • JacobMcCandles

      I donate 100 bibles to a Missionary group that goes to Africa every Summer…….Also my Dad was the Regional Director
      for Gideons bibles placement. I carry several dozen New testament bibles that I hand out to homeless with lunch or water

  • calntom

    Thanks Kevin for providing something for us to chew on daily during a time when the fridge just did not have a lot to offer.
    Still amazed at how you put the fingers to the keyboard, day in and day out. I do agree with GO that you should take a break when you can.
    As always, I appreciate all that you do.

    • dearmidol

      Thanks, calntom. Appreciate you continuing to stop by.

  • azrangerfan

    Once again Kevin. A great job. Don’t know how you do it but it sure makes everyday much better.

    • dearmidol

      I love doing it. Thanks.

  • CrazyEd

    Hey Go …. You like recipes, here’s a simple one my eldest daughter steered me onto. Simple but good, sort of healthy too. Coconut Cake. One box of white cake mix, 15 ounces of coconut milk, combine and bake. Fine dining with white frosting sprinkled with shave coconut.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Needs almonds

    • GoRangers23

      Thanks for another recipe! It sounds interesting and easy. I just made a mousse cake with mirror glaze for my birthday. The mirror glaze cakes are really popular now days and very pretty. If you do them right, you can see your reflection in them. It turned out pretty well for my first time. Now I will know exactly what to do the next time I make one. I’ll probably do one for my family Thanksgiving dinner. They look really cool and can be done in any color and any variation of colors.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Useless tidbit from left field where most of my posts come from……You know when a plane goes down they always say they are searching for the black box!! It is actually orange!!

    • dearmidol

      Really? Wonder why they call it the black box? Orange makes sense, probably easier to find.

      • CrazyEd

        Easier to find is the reason. I’ve seen hundereds of them and have never seen a “black” one. Always international orange. I don’t know about the civilians, but the military uses two. One to monitor the pilots conversation and another to monitor the avionics.

        • Rowdy Yates

          ‘conversation’???

          • CrazyEd

            Yeah, they are always yapping about something. But the main reason is if something goes wrong they want to know what the pilot has to say. Might help in deciphering what the cause is.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Exactly

  • Rowdy Yates

    Had decided to break our 10 yr or so streak of AZ ST trips as the cost was getting ridiculous for the hotels and we’d rather spend that hotel $2k cost on foreign trips. But turns out DWs brother has finally come thru with a freebie week at his 2nd home in the area after telling his sis ‘no’ for years! So, hurrah we’re going back in March and my brother and his wife will stay with us. Life is good.

    • CrazyEd

      Just color me envious. ST is a fun deal, but like you say, the hotel costs are ridiculous.

    • dearmidol

      That’s good. I haven’t been for a few years. It’s fun.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I have never been to AZ…..prefer Florida

        • Rowdy Yates

          I liked FL too, particularly when the Reds played in Plant City and even more in Sarasota. But it’s waaaay too far to drive between games in FL. Which is why AZ has captured most of the teams today including the Reds and Rangers, the only two teams I really care about in ST. But Brother always sneaks in some others!

          • JacobMcCandles

            True….just like hitting the beach as well

  • CrazyEd

    When I was on the Kitty Hawk, I was a Division Chief which means I had between 80 and 100 guys that I was responsible for as well as the operation of the division. Obviously I was always interested in what they were thinking so I had a policy of talking to anybody about anything at anytime. If aboard ship we’d go out on the catwalks and talk privately. I also posted my home address so if they had something to say they could stop by and have a talk. The only guy that ever took me up on that one was a kid from Arkansas. Every couple weeks he’d show up at the door with a 6 pack and a bag of Hershey bars. He’d come in, sit down on the couch, watch tv, drink his beer and eat his Hershey bars. When he was done, he’d say thanks, and head back to the ship. Never did figure out why he did what he did, and figured it was best left alone, If he wanted me to know he’d tell me. People are crazy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKpQRjj_WbU

    • JacobMcCandles

      My Grandad told my Dad and Scary…”you sound a lot smarter when your mouth is shut” LOL

      • CrazyEd

        Sound advice. Eyes to see and ears to hear. There’s poison in the mouth.

    • calntom

      This week, I had a conversation with my oldest who was in the Navy. His best friend in the Navy just made Chief and he is digging that. Said his chit no longer stinks, lol.
      My son was fast tracking when he left the Navy after 3.5 years. Had made 2nd CPO quickly. Turned down an offer for E6 and told his Master Chief that he just wanted to go home and be with his brothers and dad and do some fishing. My son went to his MC’s retirement party a few years back. Those guys are all close and still talk on the phone often. His buddy who just made chief drives through here every other year or so. That is when I tell the butcher to cut those rib eyes at 2″.

      • CrazyEd

        He was correct, his chit no longer stank. Making Chief in the Navy is a huge accomplishment. It’s only E7 in the rest of the services (except the Coast Guard) but in the Navy it’s more than an advancement in rank. Things change (I retired in 83) so how they are now I have no idea. But it used to be you served one year as a temporary Chief and then appointment to a full Chief was a bureau appointment. Not something that was done in any other service. As a Chief you changed uniforms from everyday dungarees and the commonly seen blues and whites with bell bottoms to an officer style uniform with different hat and shoulder insignia. You changed berthing compartments to the Chiefs quarters, you changed messes to the Chiefs mess, you had head of the line privileges with the 06’s and above, you parked on the pier with the 06’s and above vice the parking lot a quarter mile away. As you said, your chit didn’t stink anymore. Check out the Goat Locker.

        http://www.goatlocker.org/

        • calntom

          Thanks for taking the time to post. Good stuff.

  • JacobMcCandles

    RIP Willie McCovey…died today at 80

    • dearmidol

      What a great career.

      Nicknamed “Stretch” because how tall he was and how far he was able to stretch out to catch balls thrown to first.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Scary had a story about him….struck out 4 times in a Astro game and through his bat down,helmet threw a major tantrum…great career, but a funny story