A September to forget.

All season long the Rangers celebrated their fiftieth season in Arlington. They talked about tradition. They talked about great players from the past. But mostly they tried to connect the present to the past.  They succeeded with that. But in a way they probably never wanted to.  The Rangers just […]

Mark who?

Who is Mark Mathias and where did he come from? The Oakland Athletics are probably asking that question after last night’s game in which Mathias hit a game-tying two run homer in the bottom of the seventh and a game-winning solo shot in the bottom of the ninth.  Mathias is […]

A head-scratching loss.

For some odd reason, with two out and two on in the bottom of the tenth inning, Tony Beasley chose to intentionally walk Yordan Alvarez to load the bases. At the time, even Rangers’ announcer Dave Raymond said that was an odd thing to do. If you have the head […]

Rangers pass on deadline.

It’s always good to read outside perspectives with regards to moves the Rangers make and don’t make. You get closer to the truth than if you listen to only the team and the front office, who’s narratives are carefully controlled to make the future look so bright, you’d have to squint. If […]

Rangers get their man. Again.

For two years, Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker were the dynamic duo of college baseball. They were the two aces of the best college baseball team in the country, Vanderbilt. They were two of the most coveted players in last year’s draft, expected to go in the top five. They […]

One shade of Gray

Who thought Jon Gray was an ace? Who thought Jon Gray was even a number one starter? When the Rangers signed Gray in the offseason to a four-year contract for $56, they were making the ex-Rockie right-hander the centerpiece of their rotation for years to come. Yes, he had been […]

A special night.

Last night was the most special night of their careers for three people. Martin Perez. Chris Woodward. And Tony Beasley. For Perez, it was a complete game shutout over the Houston Astros, a team he had dominated a few starts earlier with a seven-inning, one-earned-run performance in a 3-2 loss. […]

Two kinds of hitters.

Looking around the landscape of major league baseball, it’s not fair to say nobody can hit. Yes, this is the lowest average batting average in fifty years. But not everyone is struggling. There are players on other teams that are doing fine. But what’s happening is, MLB has created two […]

The commissioner’s first draft, uncovered.

After talks between the owners and players broke down and games were officially cancelled, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred sent fans a letter explaining the owners side of what happened, in a moved designed to generate good will and positive PR for the league and club owners. In an exclusive you […]

How to build a team.

After winning the N.L. East the past three seasons, Atlanta was picked by most baseball experts to win their division again in 2021. Then the season unfolded. At the trade deadline they were treading water, stuck in third place, under .500.  Their young superstar outfielder, Ronald Acuña, Jr., broke his […]