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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Texas Rangers Reaction for Monday June 27, 2016 | The Star-Telegram

This is crazy. I’m shocked they didn’t call the game.

Good news: I have discovered something that is worse than a two-out pitching change in the ninth inning.

A rain delay in the ninth inning.

Wait, there’s more: A three-hour ninth-inning rain delay.

What’s that? Still more? Yes: A three-hour ninth-inning rain delay in a game that saw its first pitch delayed by 21 minutes because of the threat of rain even though rain wasn’t falling.

That’s the ticket. At least I’ll have a story to tell my kids.

Here’s some Rangers Reaction from Tuesday morning’s 9-6 win that was delayed 3 hours, 35 minutes in the ninth inning.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yankees

Sunday, June 26, 2016


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Texas Rangers: Colby Lewis to miss two months; Rangers place Derek Holland on disabled list | SportsDay

Yup, that’s a bad day.

The Rangers’ depth in starting pitching will be put to the test after the loss of two front-line pitchers on Wednesday.
Right-hander Colby Lewis, a lead figure on the club, will not throw for four weeks because of a strained lat muscle in the right shoulder and probably will land on the 60-day disabled list. Left-hander Derek Holland went on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation.

With right-hander Yu Darvish already on the disabled list, the Rangers are down to two front-line starters: left-handers Cole Hamels, who worked six strong innings in a 6-4 win against Cincinnati on Wednesday, and Martin Perez.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: colby lewis, derek holland, rangers

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Texas Rangers: Grant: Now it’s getting serious; Yu Darvish to miss scheduled start Monday due to shoulder tightness | SportsDay

Yu Darvish will miss at least one start because of a shoulder tightness issue that cropped up in his last outing.

The Rangers are hopeful that is it.

He will leave the team on Sunday to return to Dallas for an MRI on the area and will be examined again by team physician Dr. Keith Meister. During an exam by Dr. Meister following his most recent start, which was shortened to five innings by the shoulder issue, there was no structural issue detected.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Friday, June 10, 2016

Beyond the Boxscore: The AL West doesn’t look like we thought it would.

With the AL West comes the payoff for this whole exercise, and, in a broader sense, this whole baseball thing: a division in chaos, and unlike the other divisions in chaos, chaos that looks nothing like we expected it to. On Opening Day, the Rangers and A’s had nearly identical playoff odds of about 19 percent; today, the Rangers are sitting atop the division, just over 60 percent, while the A’s sit at a measly five percent. The only team below Oakland is the team that began the season just above them, the Angels, but the loss of Garrett Richards and Andrelton Simmons have sent their playoff odds tumbling from 26 percent to three percent.

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: June 10, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, athletics, mariners, rangers

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Texas Rangers pull Yu Darvish after five innings Wednesday June 8, 2016 | The Star-Telegram

Manager Jeff Banister said that the Rangers will know more Thursday about the injuries Adrian Beltre and Yu Darvish experienced Wednesday (video by Jeff Wilson).

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Monday, June 06, 2016

Texas Rangers: Grant: Ten years later, Rangers GM Jon Daniels reveals what his first MLB draft taught him | SportsDay

“Our clarity and our process have been streamlined exponentially,” Levine said.

Said Daniels: “I’m less involved now than back then. Really stems from a near-unconditional trust in Kip and our staff and respect for their process and preparation. My involvement is more setting direction and philosophy, asking challenging questions at times, and working through strategy. But with very few exceptions I’ve stayed out of the player-picking business.”

Even though he ultimately bears accountability for adding more of them to the organization than anybody who has come before him.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jon daniels, rangers

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Jurickson Profar needs four games a week for long-term stay with Texas Rangers | The Star-Telegram

When you play well, the manager will usually find a way to get you in the lineup.

“In Jurickson’s case, I think the concern and need with him is the everyday process,” Banister said. “When you haven’t played every day for two years, getting the body back up to speed to play every day and continue to play every day, we need to make sure we monitor that.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: jurickson profar, rangers

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Yu Darvish wins in return to Major Leagues | MLB.com

Darvish showed up before a sellout crowd and pitched like he had never been away. The only tangible difference was that the outing was a little shorter than normal, but other than that, Darvish looked to be at his best in holding the Pirates to one run in five innings. He walked one, struck out seven and left after 81 pitches.

“Physically I could go more innings, but mentally I was done,” Darvish said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Texas Rangers: Grant: How can Rangers ensure Yu Darvish is still pitching in October? | SportsDay

Bubble wrap and a large protective glass case?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 10:58 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Monday, May 23, 2016

Yu Darvish set to join Cole Hamels in rotation | texasrangers.com

Daniels also had a broader vision. He looked ahead to a time this season when Texas would have two aces—Hamels and Yu Darvish—at the top of its rotation. That one-two punch might compare favorably with any in the game and potentially make the Rangers a formidable October team.

That vision is about to become reality. Darvish, fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, made his final Minor League rehab start on Sunday, and he likely will return to the rotation next Saturday against the Pirates in Arlington.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sources: Rangers, City of Arlington will announce plans for new retractable-roof stadium

What?

The Rangers appear destined for a new stadium.

And sooner than you think.

According to two major league sources, the Rangers and City of Arlington are about to announce plans for a new retractable-roof stadium that is expected to come on line earlier than the current lease expires following the 2023 season. An announcement could come as soon as Friday.

It is uncertain how far ahead of the 2024 season the new stadium could be opened—or how it would be financed—but getting into a new retractable-roof stadium ahead of time is likely to significantly increase the value of the club and add multiple years of new revenue streams.

Construction of a new stadium likely would be subject to an election by Arlington voters—probably to dedicate sales tax and potentially parking and ticket taxes to the construction effort.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, stadiums

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Report: Rangers’ Rougned Odor suspended 8 games by MLB for punching Toronto’s Jose Bautista

OAKLAND, Calif.—Major League Baseball gave Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor an eight-game suspension on Tuesday for his role in a weekend brawl with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Heyman, citing an unnamed source, said Odor plans to appeal the suspension.

Without naming sources, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported that Odor will also face a $5,000 fine.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Blue Jays, Rangers throw punches during game | MLB.com

I usually don’t care about this kind of stuff. This fracas was pretty stupid though.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 05:41 AM | 282 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brawls, jose bautista, rangers, rougned odor

Saturday, May 14, 2016

MiLB: Rangers call up former top pick Bush

Nearly 12 years since being drafted, Matt Bush is finally getting the call he’s dreamed of.

The former No. 1 overall pick was promoted to the Majors on Friday by Texas after starting the season with Double-A Frisco, where he was 0-2 with a 2.65 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 17 innings. The 30-year-old right-hander will join the Rangers after signing with the team this past December following a three-year prison sentence from a nearly fatal DUI incident in 2012.

The Rangers optioned outfielder Delino DeShields to Triple-A Round Rock to make space on the roster.

“Sooo excited for my boy Matt Bush to get his shot in the show,” tweeted Orioles All-Star outfielder Adam Jones. “Overcame some mistakes but that never took away from his passion of baseball.”

According to the RoughRiders, Bush has consistently been hitting 98-99 mph with his fastball in the Texas League. He was clocked throwing 100 mph on April 23. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save on April 7 in his first appearance since 2011.

Had no idea he was still in the game. Well, back in the game, anyway.


Thursday, May 05, 2016


Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Texas Rangers: Nomar Mazara had best first month by a Rangers rookie—ever | SportsDay

He certainly looked good yesterday.

Watch the homer first, then the throw.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers

Monday, May 02, 2016

Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish breezes through his first rehab start since Tommy John surgery with Frisco RoughRiders | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Taking a cautious approach into his first outing in almost 21 months, Yu Darvish emerged with a sense of relief on Sunday.

“I hoped I’m not going to blow (out) my elbow,” the three-time American League All-Star told reporters through an interpreter. “That’s what I was thinking.”

Darvish had no trouble of the sort and breezed through a pair of hitless frames for Double-A Frisco in his first rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March. He fanned two, allowed one walk and threw 18 of 32 pitches for strikes to Corpus Christi hitters at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Ultimately, the Hooks edged the RoughRiders, 4-3.

“It’s been a while since I pitched in a game situation,’’ Darvish said. “I felt like I was pitching with the bases loaded in a big league game every pitch. I’m very happy about today’s outing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 11:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Astros, Rangers Exploring Carolina League Teams

Well, the cat is out of the bag: The Houston Astros are looking at placing a High A team at a new Fayetteville ballpark, while the Texas Rangers are still eying a team in Kinston, as work progresses on moving two teams from the California League to the Carolina League.

Astros owner Jim Crane was in Fayetteville today to look at ballpark sites, in a move originally scheduled for last Monday (the trip was delayed due to flooding in Houston). And while the whole Cal to Carolina move for the High Desert Mavericks and Bakersfield Blaze franchises — as well as a new downtown Fayetteville ballpark, something we discussed in the past, as well as a potential Astros High-A farm team at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches — has been hush-hush, it’s out in the open now after Crane’s rather public visit to Fayetteville, per the Fayetteville Observer:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, california league, carolina league, rangers

Friday, April 22, 2016

White Sox turn 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play

Worst TOOTBLAN ever?

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 22, 2016 at 11:54 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: fundamentals, rangers, tootblan, white sox

Texas Rangers: Grant: How will Jurickson Profar situation play out? I see two scenarios | SportsDay

How much trade value does Profar have at this point?

Question: How has Profar been playing in the minors? With the way Elvis and Odor are playing, do you you think we’ll see Profar before September?
Evan Grant: He enters Thursday hitting .293 with a .412 OBP. I’ve heard from some evaluators that there is still some concern about his arm strength, but ain’t nothing wrong with the bat. My gut tells me this: Either Profar will be part of a big trade for a starting pitcher this summer or, over the winter, the Rangers will pursue a deal with the New York Yankees that would send Andrus there and create a spot for Profar. I don’t see him playing a significant role on the 2016 big league team.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: jurickson profar, rangers

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Players Honor Prince by Changing Walkup Music.

Later in the evening, a handful of players changed their walk-up music to Prince songs, including the Reds’ Brandon Phillips, the Orioles’ Adam Jones, the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and the Rangers’ Bryan Holaday.

As a rule, I don’t get worked up over celebrity deaths. But this one hurts.

Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: April 21, 2016 at 10:59 PM | 676 comment(s)
  Beats: death, music, orioles, rangers, reds, twins, yankees

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Rise and Fall of Rafael Palmeiro

At the far end of the Mexican restaurant just off the highway in a Dallas suburb, he slides into a booth.

“I could still do it,” Rafael Palmeiro says. “If I had to play a full season, I could probably hit .270, with 25 home runs. It’s between the ears, man.”

The restaurant is half-full for lunch, and the pop music on the speakers drowns out any noise. A lanky, 30-something waiter comes by every five minutes, pauses and asks if he wants water, or if he’s OK. Each time the waiter leaves, he glances back at Palmeiro.

It’s awkward, but it’s not quite celebrity gawking—he doesn’t want a photo. His curiosity is more academic. He studies him. He knows this man, of course. We all do. He was once a sure-fire baseball Hall of Famer. Now the waiter is attempting to fold together the two defining points in this man’s life and make sense of it—the 500th home run followed by his name stamped onto the wall in what was then called the Ballpark in Arlington a few miles down the road, and the announcement he was a cheater two years later.

Palmeiro smiles politely. For nearly 11 years, besides the occasional phone interview and a documentary produced about his college baseball team, he’s disappeared from public life. But now he wants to empty his soul. When the waiter leaves he turns his shoulders to face me.

“This isn’t how I envisioned my life to be.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, peds, rafael palmeiro, rangers

Monday, April 18, 2016

The future is now as MLB pushes real-time data technology | The Star-Telegram

The guys in the control room need to get out and watch a ballgame once in a while.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, technology

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