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Monday, April 16, 2018

Bartolo Colón Almost Did the Impossible

There was Colón, slicing and dicing the Astros through seven perfect innings, just six outs separating him from what would’ve arguably been the greatest pitching feat in MLB history. Facing one of the most juggernaut offenses the game has ever seen, Colón set his first 21 batters down in order using that diesel-powered fastball and virtually nothing else, until a walk by Correa to open the eighth ended his chase of history and a double by Josh Reddick right after closed the book on the subsequent short-lived no-hit bid.

Bored Posted: April 16, 2018 at 12:47 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, bartolo colon, rangers

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Elvis Andrus headed to DL for first time in career with fractured elbow

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus left Wednesday’s game versus the Los Angeles Angels after being hit on the right elbow by a Keynan Middleton pitch in the ninth inning. Initial x-rays and examination by Rangers Team Physician Keith Meister done at Globe Life Park in Arlington indicate the probability of a fracture in the elbow.

Reminiscent of Ivan Rodriguez breaking his hand (while catching) in 2000 – both players at the peak of their careers. Of course Rodriguez was an MVP on his way to the Hall of Fame, but Andrus is no slouch: one of the most durable players in the game till this point, and already a 29-WAR career at the age of 29.

I was sitting right behind home plate when Andrus was hit, and he went down in terrible and immediate pain.  In fact, over the years I have seen Josh Hamilton run into a wall, Adrian Beltre pull up lame on the bases, and Shin-Soo Choo break his arm on a HBP, all missing significant time afterwards.  This is perhaps just the odds when going to so many Ranger games, but they might want to ban me from the park just as a precaution.

With Andrus, Delino Deshields, Rougned Odor, and Doug Fister all on the DL, and the team 4-10, the Rangers might be sellers of their remaining veterans sooner rather than later.

BDC Posted: April 12, 2018 at 01:23 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: elvis andrus, injuries, opt-outs, rangers

Monday, April 09, 2018

Cole Hamels’ dip in velocity leaves him vulnerable | Dallas Morning News

First, about the velocity drop: It is significant. Hamels, 34, is averaging 89.8 mph with his four-seam fastball, the one that is supposed to “explode” through the strike zone on what appears to be an upward plane. That is down from 92.3 mph in his first three starts a year ago.

On Sunday, he threw a four-seamer on the game’s first pitch. It didn’t explode, well, at least not until after leadoff hitter Steve Pearce sent it deep into the left-field stands. It was the second time in three starts this season Hamels has allowed a homer to the game’s leadoff hitter.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 09, 2018 at 04:32 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, rangers

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Engel: Rangers, please don’t do this to your best arm

Mac Engel on converting reliever Matt Bush to starting duties:

Bush has electric stuff that belongs in the back end of a bullpen, not as a starter every fifth day. Sorry, sixth day. He is willing, and he has the talent, but he is not built for the role.

Asking a power arm on a 5-foot-9, 180-pound frame is asking for an injury. He generates most of that power from his large trunk, but this is a guy who battled through shoulder and knee injuries last season when he pitched 52 1/3 innings.

Both Bush as a starter and a “Five-plus-one” rotation are terrible ideas partly fueled by the analytics crew that continues to usher baseball into a war of calculators, and this team’s need for a decent arm in a rotation.

I know that it’s hard to keep moral judgment out of Matt Bush threads, but I am mostly interested in people’s take on converting relievers to starters, these days.  The Rangers have had some disasters lately (Neftali Feliz, Tanner Scheppers), so I tend to agree with Engel.  But maybe each case is unique.

 

BDC Posted: February 28, 2018 at 09:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: conversion to starting, rangers, relievers

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Engel: Rangers need to do right by Adrian Beltre and trade him

Mac Engel on his high horse:

Hopefully the Rangers do Beltre better than the Dallas Mavericks did to Dirk Nowitzki.

Much like the Mavs with Dirk, the Rangers sold Beltre a bag of hope when it’s more of a prayer, and made him believe they had a shot at the one thing he covets, a title, when we know they don’t.

Beltre doesn’t want to think about it, or talk about it, so let us do it for him.

The second before it becomes apparent this team can’t win the World Series, the Rangers need to do right by Beltre and trade him to the team that can. That “second” feels a lot like right now.

I don’t know that I agree with the premises here.  Sure, if some team offers outstanding prospects for Beltre mid-season, I will mourn his departure but deal with it – he’s not going to be in the major leagues for much longer, let alone as a Ranger.

But in these days of two wild cards, the Rangers might have a reasonable shot at playing in October.  They have some decent high-priced veterans (including Beltre himself) and they have some kids with upside.  The challenge will be to see if all the kids can have good years at once.  Last year, they didn’t.

Conversely, you could trade Beltre practically anywhere – LA, New York, Houston – as late as August, and he’d have no guarantee he’d be playing after the LDS round in October.  So the idea that a trade will get him a strong shot at the World Series, while noble-sounding, is also a “bag of hope.”

 

BDC Posted: February 27, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, nowitzki, rangers, success cycle, trades

Tuesday, February 06, 2018


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Oscar Gamble Passes Away

Oscar Gamble, a lefty-swinging hitter popularly known for the large Afro hairstyle he wore in the 1970s, died Wednesday at age 68.

His death was confirmed by Andrew Levy, Gamble’s agent. The cause of death was not reported.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Joey Gallo benefits from tighter launch angle

An interesting look at Joey Gallo using Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2018 at 07:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers, statcast

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Many moving parts to potential Zack Greinke trade

The danger in posting a two-day-old trade-rumor story is that it may have evaporated two days ago.  But the Rangers have been so quiet this winter (big acquisitions have been Doug Fister and somebody named Chris Martin whom I assume is not the Coldplay guy or the Jets’ running back) that I have to have something to muse about.

After walking around all off-season with their pockets turned out, the Rangers have engaged the Arizona Diamondbacks about right-hander Zack Greinke, the former Cy Young winner who is owed $126.5 million over the next four years.

It doesn’t take a math major to get the numbers right. That’s an average just under $32 million a season for a starting pitcher who is still regarded as one of the game’s best.

The math gets fuzzy thereafter, as the Rangers would need Arizona to take on the contract of Shin-Soo Choo and probably still have to eat some of what is owed to Greinke. The size of that chunk could fluctuate depending on if the Rangers add prospects and the quality of those prospects.

I don’t know if I like this idea.  I love my Shin-Soo Choo T-shirt and don’t want it to become obsolete.

BDC Posted: December 16, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rangers, trade rumors

Monday, December 11, 2017

Texas Rangers: Shohei Ohtani or not, Rangers still considering nontraditional 6-man, 4-man rotations next season | SportsDay

If you are asking your starters to pitch fewer innings per start, why not move to the four-man rotation?

“I think we will get through the offseason and look at where our personnel is before we determine usage,” Daniels said Sunday. “I’ve said there are benefits to a six-man rotation and to a four-man. And there are benefits to a five-man rotation, too. But we’ve got to see where we are.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2017 at 09:16 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fanrag: Alex Cobb Destinations

Gotsulias can tie him to three clubs.

Plenty of teams need a solid starter but won’t break the bank — Cobb fits the bill. He’s also younger than some of the other more expensive free agents such as Yu Darvish and Jake Arietta, which makes him an attractive target. MLB Trade Rumors sees Cobb getting a four-year deal worth $48M.

fra paolo Posted: November 13, 2017 at 11:42 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hot stove, rangers, rays, twins

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Jim Kaat: Will we finally get The Real Deal?

Kaat Said: Orientalism.

A couple of short stories about Asian pitchers and Irabu: I was announcing Yankee games in the mid-90s when I said over the air, “I wonder if we’ll ever see an Oriental position player in the Major Leagues?” Dion James was playing for the Yankees at the time, and told me about an exciting 19-year old named Ichiro Suzuki who had a chance to be the first. We all know that story. Big fan of Bernie Williams from watching Yankee games in Japan. Wears number 51 because of that.

So, I get a letter about a week later from an Asian baseball fan. Not a malicious letter but scolding me gently for referring to Asian players as “Oriental.” He said, “Noodles and rugs are Oriental, not people. We are Asians.” Fortunately for me, he put his phone number in the letter, so I called him.

We had a pleasant conversation and I told him I certainly didn’t intentionally say “Oriental’ as a slur or condescending remark. It was said innocently out of ignorance. He understood. I asked him if he would be watching the next game we televised. He said he would. He was a huge baseball fan and was complimentary of our telecasts on the MSG Network. I asked if he would please watch and listen in the top of the 4th inning. He said he would.  I took the opportunity to clear up the Oriental/Asian situation.

...So, I’lll be keeping a close eye on Yu Darvish and see if he is finally the one to be able to challenge and dominate our bigger, more powerful big league hitters. For his and the Rangers’ sake, I hope he does. It will be good for the game and the Rangers profit and loss statement!

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 06:20 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, history, international, japan, media, rangers, yankees

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fox: Morosi: Darvish, Texas agree to six-year deal

Apparently there’s an opt-out for Darvish after the fifth season.  All seems fair enough.

The Texas Rangers and Japanese pitching star Yu Darvish have agreed on a six-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

The deal is worth close to $60 million, one major-league source confirmed to FOXSports.com. It does not include deferred money.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: January 18, 2012 at 06:38 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, rangers

Monday, January 16, 2012

National writer: If Rangers sign Prince Fielder, he’d be best hitter in baseball ‘by a mile’

Bob Nightengale force wind warning!

USA Today baseball writer Bob Nightengale joined KESN-FM’s Galloway & Co. last week to discuss the Rangers’ meeting with Prince Fielder. Here are some highlights:

On who will sign Prince Fielder:

I think Texas. Texas has never gone away from this thing. I think they want to put a stranglehold on the division and what the Angels just did with C.J. Wilson and Pujols, they answer back with this and once again they’re the favorites and could be the favorites for a long time. And I think if you sign Prince Fielder, you’re guaranteed to get three million fans, as well.

On how good Fielder could be with the Rangers:

The sky’s the limit. I think a minimum of 50 or 60 home runs. Not just in that ballpark, but with the protection in that lineup, surrounded by everybody. And you’ve got money coming off the books too, so it’s really going to help the Rangers when you’ve got Young coming off the books and those types of guys. But I think by pure numbers, he’d be the number one hitter in all of baseball by a mile. I think he would be Juan Gonzalez all over again.

Repoz Posted: January 16, 2012 at 05:13 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, rangers

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Friday, January 06, 2012

How The Greg Reynolds Trade Is More Interesting Than You Think

How could it possibly be more interesting?

We’ll begin with the biggie. Reynolds, of course, was selected second overall by the Rockies in 2006. He was selected right after Luke Hochevar, and right before Evan Longoria. The Rockies’ selection of Reynolds was thought to be a reach, and it took the Rays by surprise. The Rays had another plan, assuming the Rockies would take Longoria. That plan? Andrew Friedman:

We had Evan Longoria first on our board…We thought Longoria was going to go two to Colorado, and we had cut a deal with Tim Lincecum, to take three….

Reynolds’ failures were magnified because the Rockies nearly drafted Long Beach State third baseman Evan Longoria before turning to the Stanford pitcher. At the time, the Rockies felt starting pitching was more of a priority with Garrett Atkins and [Ian] Stewart both in the fold.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2012 at 12:01 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, rays, rockies

Monday, December 26, 2011

Jayson Stark (ESPN): Strange stuff … in the 2011 postseason

The postseason edition of trivia and oddbits that Jayson Stark excels at collecting and presenting…

Here’s one I didn’t know:

All four teams that advanced to the LCS—the Cardinals, Brewers, Rangers and Tigers—got outscored by the teams they played in the Division Series … and won.

Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: December 26, 2011 at 09:48 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, brewers, cardinals, history, phillies, rangers, rays, tigers, yankees

ESPN: Yorvit Torrealba suspended in Venezuela

Texas Rangers backup catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been suspended 66 games by the Venezuelan League for striking an umpire, league president Jose Grasso Vecchio announced Monday morning on Twitter.

The suspension covers the rest of this season and all of next season in the Venezuelan League. Penalties in winter ball do not carry over to Major League Baseball.

Have to think MLB or the Rangers will take some action, too.

Mike Emeigh Posted: December 26, 2011 at 06:49 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, teams

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Yahoo: Passan: Rangers win bidding for Yu Darvish

The Texas Rangers won the rights to negotiate with star Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish by placing a record $51.7 million bid in a posting auction, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Darvish’s team in Japan, the Nippon Ham Fighters, will accept the bid, which means the Rangers have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Darvish. If they cannot work out a deal, Darvish would return to Japan for the 2012 season and the Rangers would be refunded the posting fee.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 20, 2011 at 04:12 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, rangers

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Boston Red Sox - Red Sox have more competition than ever - The Boston Globe

This week’s Boston Globe Sunday baseball column.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2011 at 02:32 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, braves, mets, miami, nationals, orioles, phillies, rangers, rays, red sox, yankees

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Yahoo Sports: Passan: Darvish bidding process is a cloak and dagger affair

The deadline for bids on Darvish is today at 5 pm (eastern time).  Passan makes the whole process sound like executives have spent several years in Australia bulding up an immunity to iocane powder just for this moment.

The Texas Rangers, for example, have told rivals they’re cash-poor this offseason. A TV deal that will net them $80 million annually doesn’t kick in until 2015. The purchase price of the team for the ownership group – jacked up in an auction by Mark Cuban – wound up tens of millions of dollars higher than expected and sucked up the $90 million signing bonus Fox Sports delivered. And the TV contract itself wasn’t nearly as lucrative as Chuck Greenberg, the club’s deposed CEO, purported it to be.

To which one GM said: “Yeah, right.”

And another executive said: “They’re sandbagging.”

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 14, 2011 at 03:02 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, japan, nationals, rangers, yankees

Saturday, December 10, 2011

BBTIA: Matschulat: Ian Kinsler’s Next Big Deal

The liberation of Arlington begins now! (oh…wait)

Said Kinsler of his situation: “I want to stay here. I was drafted by the Rangers, and I want to be a Ranger. You never know how long it’s going to take. I think the sooner the better for them, and the sooner the better for me.”

For all of the misled—though slowly disappearing—carping about Kinsler popping up too often and being a terrible baserunner and exhibiting bad body language and (my personal favorite) “not being a team player,” he’s quietly developed into one of the better second basemen of our generation, and could very easily be argued to be one of the three best second basemen in the game at the moment. Only two other second basemen—Chase Utley (25.9 fWAR) and Dustin Pedroia (23.0 fWAR)—have produced more wins above replacement by FanGraphs’ calculations from 2008-present than Kinsler’s 20.8 fWAR ... and by Baseball Reference’s reckoning, Kinsler has produced one of the best age 26-29 windows of any second baseman in baseball history…

...If you pointed a gun to my head right now and demanded that I tell you what I thought a reasonable deal might look like, I’d probably suggest tacking three years onto Kinsler’s existing deal at an average annual value of $17 million, which would handsomely compensate Kinsler while concurrently giving Texas a solid chance of earning some surplus value and, in effect, coming out “ahead” on the deal. Over the last 72 hours, though, I’ve found that my own definition of “reasonable” has been very much at odds with the Rangers’ definition, so perhaps I’m just barking up the wrong tree.

Repoz Posted: December 10, 2011 at 03:51 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, projections, rangers, sabermetrics

Friday, December 09, 2011

LA Times: Angels, Fox to sign 20-year, $3 billion deal

The Angels have agreed to a new deal with Fox Sports worth at least $3 billion and expected to cover 20 years, two parties familiar with the deal said Thursday. The parties declined to be identified because the deal has yet to be officially announced.

Spokesmen for Fox and the Angels declined to comment.

Moreno last year opted out of a 10-year, $500-million contract with Fox, according to sports media consultant and former NBA TV President Ed Desser.

Desser, testifying Thursday in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case, said the Angels and Fox agreed at the time to a one-year extension while the parties negotiated a new deal.
...

The Rangers agreed with Fox last year on a new contract worth an average of $80 million per year. The Angels’ deal is expected to top that in average annual rights fees — the rejected Dodgers’ deal had an average annual rights fee of about $85 million — and include an ownership stake in FSW.

The timing of this with the Pujols signing is curious.  I wonder if Arte prodded Fox into upping the rights fees once he had Pujols in the fold.  This would be much cooler if Fox was paying for an investment in the team, than Arte taking his windfall and turning around and spending it.

Harold can be a fun sponge Posted: December 09, 2011 at 09:27 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, business, dodgers, rangers, television

NMA : Pujols, Wilson sign with Angels

Clearly the angels just needed more dueling practice (Video in link)

Balkroth Posted: December 09, 2011 at 08:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, rangers

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