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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Texas Rangers: Three takeaways from Rangers’ AL West clinching win  | SportsDay

The Rangers clinch the West!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2016 at 07:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, rangers

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Texas Rangers: After Jeff Banister is ejected, Rangers steal another late-inning win and, they hope, some Cowboys fans too | SportsDay

Ejection by Joe West put Banister on the sidelines. The Rangers’ magic number is three. Joe West continues to embarrass MLB.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister missed another bit of last-swing heroics from his playoff-bound club Monday night.
With Banister in exile after an ejection in the sixth inning, the Rangers came up with their specialty: a one-run win. Ian Desmond produced the third consecutive hit to start the ninth inning to drive in Elvis Andrus for a 3-2 victory.

The win cut the Rangers’ magic number for clinching their second consecutive American League West title to four. It was their 20th last at-bat victory.
“That never gets old,” Banister said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Monday, September 19, 2016

Rangers owners say if city builds them new stadium, old one can be stores or something | Field of Schemes

This is just insane. The current park is only 22 years old.

And this is just bizarre:

In an letter released Sunday on WFAA/Channel 8 Inside Texas Politics, Rangers managing partner Ray Davis said the team is working with the Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. to develop retail shops along the Randol Mill Road side of Globe Life Park: “It is the Rangers’ intent to preserve the beautiful exterior facade.”

So if the Texas Rangers owners get more than half a billion dollars in public money to replace their 22-year-old stadium with a new stadium so they can have air conditioning, they’re going to keep the old, un-air-conditioned building around to use as … shops? Or part of the building? And the field could be “refitted for another purpose” somehow? Possibly as “park and festival spaces”?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2016 at 09:09 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, rangers

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Texas Rangers: Rangers’ belief in each other allows them to keep winning games they shouldn’t win | SportsDay

Ya gotta believe!

So, if you are looking for the secret to the approach, it starts with belief.

“I think that’s the No. 1 asset you can have beyond talent,” Banister said. “There has got to be belief and buy-in. It sure looks like our guys have bought in.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Texas Rangers: Banister: Darvish is ‘more relaxed and more connected’ as he knocks Mariners down the standings | SportsDay

Hey are doing their part to become a dynamic duo. The Rangers have won Darvish’s last five stars. They’ve won three of Hamels’ last four.
“You are talking about two ace quality pitchers,” said Jonathan Lucroy, who has caught all nine of those games. “Put it this way: I’m glad I get to catch and them and not face them. I feel sorry for a lineup that has to face them back-to-back.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Friday, August 26, 2016

Rangers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress arrested, records show

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was apparently arrested overnight in Dallas County, records show.

Dallas County Jail records say Jeffress was booked into jail at 5:13 a.m. Friday.

The reason for the arrest was not immediately made clear. No charges had been listed on the Dallas County Jail’s website. News 8 has reached out to the Rangers for comment.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 26, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: jeremy jeffress, legal, police blotter, rangers

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Marlins acquire Jeff Francoeur from Braves in 3-way deal

Delta has non-stop flights to Miami daily!

The Marlins have acquired outfielder Jeff Francoeur in a three-way deal with the Braves and Rangers, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The deal will send shortstop Dylan Moore (from Texas) and catcher/first baseman Matt Foley (from Marlins) to the Braves and three international bonus slots (two from Miami and one from Atlanta) to the Rangers.

Francoeur, 32, recently cleared revocable trade waivers, making him eligible to be traded to any team. Miami has been looking for outfield help in the wake of Giancarlo Stanton’s potentially season-ending injury, and was linked to Carlos Gomez before Gomez signed with the Rangers.

Francoeur has hit .249/.290/.381 with seven home runs in 99 games with the Braves this season after signing a minor-league deal to return to Atlanta in late February

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2016 at 10:06 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jeff francoeur, marlins, rangers

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Rangers release Josh Hamilton

Welp, it was probably worth the gamble given that the Angels were paying most of his salary. But the Rangers’ gamble on Josh Hamilton failed and now Josh Hamilton is a free agent. The club has given him unconditional release waivers.

Hamilton underwent surgery to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee back in June. During surgery it was discovered that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. This whole season was lost and, while Hamilton has one year remaining on his contract, the Rangers are clearly able to compete without him and could use the roster spot over the small chance that he could be an everyday player again.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: josh hamilton, rangers

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Carlos Beltran says Texas is ‘more about baseball’ than New York - CBSSports.com

Beltran has taken a liking to his new haunt in other ways, too—like preferring the vibes in Texas to those in New York. Here’s what he told KESN-FM about the difference between his most-recent employers, per the Dallas Morning News:

But at the end of the day, [in] New York there’s a lot of distractions, a lot of things going on more than baseball. Here it’s more about baseball.

That’s not a surprising answer. Beltran has every reason to prefer playing in Texas—in part because, you know, the Rangers are the team paying him (okay, so technically the Yankees are paying for half his salary, too). Besides, Beltran had to deal with multiple going-away tours in New York without the benefit of a deep postseason run. He’s still very much on his honeymoon with the Rangers, meaning he hasn’t had time for the negatives to make themselves apparent.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, rangers, yankees

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Rangers lose Shin-Soo Choo to forearm fracture - MLB Daily Dish

That’s a bummer for the Rangers.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rangers, shin-soo choo

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Prince Fielder announces playing career over | texasrangers.com

The Prince Fielder press conference was tough to watch. You have to feel for the guy.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prince fielder, rangers

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Continuing neck problems ending Prince Fielder’s career, sources say; Rangers will still owe DH $44 million

Three sources close to the situation confirmed Tuesday that Fielder’s career is over after a decade in the majors due to a pair of disk herniations in his neck. An official announcement will be made Wednesday afternoon in Arlington where, presumably, Fielder, still in a neck brace from his second spinal fusion surgery in the last 27 months, will address the decision.

Fielder, 32, will be declared “medically disabled,” as doctors will not clear him to return to baseball over the perilous risk to his spine from the two cervical fusions, according to sources. The Rangers were aware of this possibility at the time he underwent the surgery in July. Teammates such as Adrian Beltre said at the time they were “shocked” over the development. In that regard, the news Tuesday, which broke about an hour before a 7-5 win over Colorado, wasn’t a complete surprise to his teammates, but was depressing nonetheless.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, prince fielder, rangers, retirement

Grant:Knowledge from Pedro Martinez, via Carlos Beltran, could make Yu Darvish even more devastating

Pedro helps Darvish via Beltran.

The two just happened upon one another in the cafeteria of the visiting clubhouse in Houston on Saturday. Some 20 minutes later, Darvish emerged with a fresh perspective about how he wanted to attack hitters.

In short, Darvish decided he could attack hitters, especially inside, with his fastball instead of having to throw inside.

“He’s got so much experience,” Darvish said Monday. “We talked about the mental side. I feel like my mind is the weakest part of my game. And he said that no matter your stuff, if you can be strong mentally, you can win [the at-bat].

“He told me about things Pedro Martinez and he talked about when they were teammates [with the New York Mets]. He told me how Pedro approached pitching inside. He approached it like, ‘I can do this. I can go there.’ He didn’t think, ‘I have to go there.’”

Beltran’s take: “When you say you ‘have to,’ there is doubt. You can’t doubt yourself. He was very interested in my mental approach to hitting and the game. We talked about pitching. I told him, you can win the battle before you ever throw a pitch.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, pedro martinez, rangers, yu darvish

Monday, August 08, 2016

OTP 2016 August 8: Arlington could generate more tax dollars without new Rangers stadium

{A recent study] hints at an even smaller tax impact than what has been widely promoted.

The report from HR&A Advisors notes—without specifics—that some of the tax money would be used to pay off stadium debt. Also, the $2 million annual rent would help pay off the debt and eventually go toward stadium improvements when the bonds were retired. None of the Rangers rent would end up in the city’s general fund.

With those adjustments, the amount of Rangers-generated tax dollars helping pay for city services would be $66.4 million or a little more than $1.7 million each year.

The most exciting issue on my local ballot this year :)

 

BDC Posted: August 08, 2016 at 12:35 PM | 1507 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, rangers, taxes, texas

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Deadspin: The Battle Over The Rangers’ Ballpark Scam Has Officially Begun

Gee, ya think?

The proposed stadium deal is pure blackmail. When the $1 billion stadium was announced, only $500 million of it was promised to come from the team itself. Why would the city of Arlington shell out half a billion dollars? Why would it spend anything? Because, even without having to say it, the implication — which is probably only a bluff — is that the Rangers will leave Arlington without a new, publicly funded ballpark to replace their perfectly fine one. The PAC formed to support a new stadium is even called “Keep the Rangers.”

eddieot Posted: August 03, 2016 at 12:57 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: new stadiums, rangers

Sunday, July 31, 2016

SBN: Michael Young was so surprised by Elvis Andrus in a Jigsaw mask that he almost punched him

Too funny.

And for the first time ever, Beltre was in on an Elvis gag, not its victim.

Michael Young, the longtime Texas Ranger, was inducted into the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday night. It’s common for the Rangers to parade special guests into the stadium for occasions like this, but Michael Young’s entrance was anything but ordinary.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Braves trade RHP Lucas Harrell to Rangers | texasrangers.com

Maybe Demeritte isn’t a great prospect.

The Rangers hit two needs in one trade on Wednesday when they acquired right-handed starter Lucas Harrell and left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez from the Braves for Minor League infielder Travis Demeritte.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dario alvarez, lucas harrell, rangers, trades, travis demeritte

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Rangers recall top prospect Joey Gallo | MLB.com

Will he make enough contact to take advantage of all that power?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Texas Rangers: Rangers, Chicago White Sox appear to be circling one another in trade dance | SportsDay

I can’t see the White Sox dealing Sale. That said, every player should be available in the “right deal”.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, trade rumors, white sox

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Rangers’ Prince Fielder has herniated disk | texasrangers.com

Free Joey Gallo!

The Rangers could be without designated hitter Prince Fielder for the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with another herniated disk in his neck.

Both he and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who is dealing with inflammation in his lower back, were placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. The Rangers have recalled infielder Hanser Alberto and outfielder Delino DeShields from Triple-A Round Rock.

The herniation is just above a previous injury that was surgically repaired on May 27, 2014, forcing Fielder to miss the rest of that season. Fielder has been bothered by the problem for some time, but did not report it to the Rangers until Monday.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, prince fielder, rangers

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Prospects who are ready to help contenders now | MLB.com

Prospect fatigue is starting to rear its head with Gallo.

3. Joey Gallo, 1B/3B/OF, Rangers (7): He’s been up before, and we all know that power plays anywhere. The question, as always, is will he make enough contact to tap into it at the highest level. He’s still striking out, although not as much as he has in the past, and his walk rate is up. The fact he can play both infield corners and left field gives him added value.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rangers

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Texas Rangers: The next step in Nomar Mazara’s development: Finding the way out of his first extended slump | SportsDay

Nice use of Statcast info.

While Mazara hasn’t changed his approach at the plate, pitchers seem to have made some changes to him. Mostly, they have taken to throwing more inside, Banister said. And they’ve also refused to give in when Mazara gets ahead in the count, throwing secondary stuff even when behind. Evidence: He’s been ahead in the count more often in the last month than in either of his first two in the majors.

The result: Mazara has gotten jammed more often, hit more ground balls and has made less solid contact. Over those first 117 plate appearances, which comprised his first month in the majors, the ball left Mazara’s bat at an average of 88.6 mph and he hit 37 ground balls. In the last month, the average exit velocity has dropped to 83.7 mph and he had 48 ground balls in 115 plate appearances (106 at-bats).

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Texas Rangers: Rangers sign Cuban outfielder Alexei Bell, draft pick Jacobsen to minor league deals | SportsDay

The Texas Rangers went onto the international market on Friday, adding 32-year-old Cuban outfielder Alexei Bell on a minor league deal.
Bell left Cuba, with the government’s permission, in January to pursue a spot in Major League Baseball. He briefly has played in the Mexican and independent Can-Am leagues this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alexie bell, rangers

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