Monthly Archives: March 2023

Rangers win opener.

August 15, 2020. That was the last time the Rangers were over .500. Two and a half years ago. Two and a half long, dark, painful, frustrating, forgettable years. It isn’t so much the Rangers being over .500 as it is how they did it. The exact opposite of how […]

The hope of Opening Day.

Opening Day is hope. Sometimes it’s the naive hope of a kid wishing for a unicorn on a birthday candle. Sometimes it’s the realistic hope of blue skies and sunshine on your day off. Sometimes it’s the painful hope that Red speaks of to Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption when […]

Duran Duran.

Every year, teams go into spring training with ninety-nine percent of their roster already set. Just a matter of getting ready for the 162-game grind. And get a look at some of the potential call ups when the inevitable injuries occur. There isn’t a place for Ezequiel Duran to play, […]

Who closes?

So, who closes for the Rangers? Interesting question. There seem to be three choices. José Leclerc. Jonathan Hernandez. Will Smith. Leclerc might be the first man up for the role. The twenty-nine-year-old righty was, after all, the Rangers closer in 2018 and 2019, taking over at the trade deadline of […]

Not yet.

Remember when you were a kid and the Christmas tree was up and there were presents under the tree with your name on it and it was a few days before Christmas and those wrapped gifts were like they were just mocking you to open them but you couldn’t and […]

Prediction time.

With the start of the season just four days away, and the Rangers being done with Surprise, Arizona, for 2023, it’s time for the annual predictions.  If you recall, three wild card teams in each league make the playoffs. The teams in bold are the post-season teams.  World Series: San […]

Few surprises left.

There aren’t many surprises left in Surprise. There are so few going into any spring training. Rosters are mostly set every year. It’s not like Corey Seager has to come in and turn heads and see if he can make the team. The Rangers had their five-man rotation set beforehand. […]

Rangers farm system ranked 7th.

Jim Callis is one of the most respected experts on major league farm systems. Twice a year he ranks each team’s minor league organization. His 2023 preseason rankings are out and the Rangers are ranked seventh out of thirty. They are pretty much holding steady to where he ranked them […]

Classic matchup.

Shohei Ohtani versus Mike Trout. Could there be a more epic matchup? With the game on the line, Team Japan leading Team USA 3-2 with two outs in the ninth inning, the dream matchup of all time materialized. The best hitter in baseball facing the best player in baseball for […]