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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Rangers win sixth AL West; Angels’ season over |

Congrats to the Rangers and Astros.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2015 at 06:52 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, playoffs, rangers

Friday, October 02, 2015

Rangers wait to celebrate division title |

They certainly had quite the ride.

The Rangers reached postseason by going 44-23 in their last 67 games. That goes back to July 29, when they started the day 47-52 and eight games out of first place.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2015 at 05:24 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, rangers

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Grant: It worked for the 2013 Boston Red Sox…how Mike Napoli and a box of U.S. flag-themed shorts hope to spark a postseason run for the Rangers | Dallas Morning News

“He’s a relationship guy and loves to connect with everybody in the clubhouse,” Banister added. “He brings that intensity and some camaraderie. It’s real. ... You need a guy like that.”

It’s not as if Napoli learned the art of connecting overnight. For the start of his career, he played with well-respected, clubhouse-uniters such as Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guerrero in Anaheim. With the Rangers, he lockered next to—and gravitated toward—Michael Young for two years and was also around Adrian Beltre. In Boston, it was Gomes, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz.

Now, in his 10th year in the majors, he is being the center of gravity.

“He’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had,” Young said. “There are no clubhouse walls with him. He always finds himself with winning teams.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2015 at 07:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, rangers

Friday, September 18, 2015

Rangers complete four-game sweep of Astros |

This was not a pretty series for the Astros.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, rangers

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Prince Fielder giving Rangers a crucial boost |

Vintage Fielder could decide the division.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: prince fielder, rangers

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

5 MLB teams with offseason holes and in-season jackpots -

Getting lucky doesn’t hurt.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, diamondbacks, giants, pirates, rangers

This land is Moreland: Texas overtakes Astros in West |

It’s a Texas-sized pennant race.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, rangers

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Wild West shows why it’s time for radical MLB realignment

The world should be ready, 18 years after Bud Selig put the idea forward, for baseball to have geographic realignment. Interleague play demystified the concept of every team playing against every other team, the game would benefit from adding intensity to the rivalries it has generated and, as a bonus, it would allow MLB to once and for all settle the designated hitter debate — if the majors are split into regions, there would be no more hand-wringing about ruining the sanctity of National League baseball. Further, if baseball stuck with an unbalanced schedule, geographic realignment could further reduce the travel burden for teams, helping players stay healthier and the on-field product to be stronger than ever.

Imagine this year’s races with the Astros-Rangers race joined by Mets-Yankees and Cardinals-Royals races, or last year with Angels-Dodgers and Orioles-Nationals. Last year, Baltimore and Washington both went 96-66 – they could have had the Beltway’s answer to the 1951 Dodgers-Giants playoff, which is only one of the hallmark moments in baseball history.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 15, 2015 at 02:43 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, rangers, realignment, rivalries, schedule

Prince pulls Rangers closer to the top |

Look out, the Rangers are making their move.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, prince fielder, rangers

Friday, September 11, 2015

Grant: Rangers exit West Coast trip with offense sputtering from top to bottom | Dallas Morning News

If you RTFA you will also see a picture of Adrian Beltre using telekinesis to control his bat.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 01:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Grant: Why Rangers prospect Joey Gallo struggled in Triple-A after first stint in majors | Dallas Morning News

“Hitters make changes based on what is comfortable or based on not having success,” Banister said. “Young hitters go through the phase where they have measured struggles that they’ve never had before and have the impulse that they have to fix something. Sticking to the process is the most difficult thing for every player to do when they have their first real struggle.

“All the things he went through, all of that has to happen for a young guy,” Banister added. “When they come out the other side and they confront another problem, then they realize they’ve been here before, that they have a tool in their toolbox and reach down and find it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 01:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Monday, August 31, 2015

Rangers beat Orioles on Derek Holland shutout |

Holland gives the team a big boost.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 07:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: derek holland, rangers

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rangers Minor League Insider: Profar could be option in September | The Star-Telegram

I hope the kid can salvage some type of career.

Profar had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in late February after missing the entire 2014 season with a torn teres major muscle in the same shoulder. He last played in a regular season game for the Rangers on Sept. 27, 2013.

“It’s been two years out of baseball, and I’ll come here and just play,” he said. “Now everything is going to be good. I’m just having fun playing day-to-day.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jurickson profar, rangers

Saturday, August 29, 2015

With Mariners looking for a new GM, could Rangers lose Thad Levine? | | Dallas Morning News


The Seattle Mariners on Friday fired GM Jack Zduriencik, which is bad news for the Rangers on two fronts.

First, it means that the Rangers won’t be able to count on Zduriencik fielding a flawed team on an annual basis.

Second, it means that another GM’s job has opened that might be a fit for talented Thad Levine, who was Jon Daniels’ first hire when he became GM and who has been a critical, but low-key, member of the Rangers’ inner circle.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mariners, rangers, thad levine

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Grant: Adrian Beltre shows rarely seen part of self as he becomes all-time games played leader among Dominicans | Dallas Morning News

When Beltre was informed about 10 days ago that he was closing in on Julio Franco’s record of 2,527 games set over three decades, but seemed more like two centuries, he stopped the frown show for just a moment. He may have even let a small smile start to crack at the corner of his lips.

The moment arrives Sunday at Detroit when Beltre is expected to play in game No. 2,528 of his career over the course of an 18-year career that keeps adding Hall of Fame credentials almost by the week. Even this year, in what has been mostly a down season offensively, Beltre surpassed 400 homers to become just the sixth player in history to reach 400 homers and 500 doubles before his 37th birthday. He passed Graig Nettles for second place to Brooks Robinson for most games at third base. He has passed 2,700 hits. Before the season is over, he’ll likely have 1,000 extra base hits.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Texas Rangers will send Josh Hamilton for MRI on knee | | Dallas Morning News

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, dealing with renewed soreness in his chronically sore left knee, will undergo an MRI exam on Thursday to determine if he’s dealing with something more debilitating.

Hamilton has had two surgeries on each knee and regularly receives injections of synthetic lubricating fluid to ease the strain on the knees caused by the removal of some cartilage.

“I’m not sure,” Hamilton said Thursday when asked if he was concerned. “This feels a little more uncomfortable than usual. I’m not sure if it’s worse.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 01:09 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, josh hamilton, rangers

Friday, August 07, 2015

Red Sox trade first baseman Mike Napoli to Rangers

It didn’t even require Frank Francisco this time around.

First baseman Mike Napoli, who on multiple occasions expressed hope he could stay in Boston, was traded by the Red Sox to the Texas Rangers along with cash in a waiver deal Friday, the teams announced.

The Red Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash in the trade.

Napoli played two seasons with the Rangers, in 2011 and ‘12, before joining the Red Sox as a free agent in the ensuing offseason….

Napoli has struggled mightily at the plate this season. On July 22, he was batting only .198. But in 14 games since, he’s posted a .957 OPS with six doubles and three home runs, raising his overall average to .207.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 11:54 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, rangers, red sox, trade

Monday, August 03, 2015

Grant: Jeff Banister on why he pulled Martin Perez, went with bullpen with AL’s highest ERA in close game | Dallas Morning News

Jeff Banister discusses his thoughts on pulling Martin Perez.

What Banister was witnessing was a bit different. Banister subscribes to the theory that not all pitches are the same. Pitches in the first aren’t thrown with as much stress as pitches in the seventh and later. Pitches in the ninth of a close game against an elite team, when facing the lineup the fourth time through, are ramped in stress level significantly.

When Banister saw a changeup that stayed up and over the plate to Angel Pagan and the hitter drove it in the gap in left center, the manager didn’t hesitate.

“He did as good a job as anybody has done for us all year,” Banister said. “But at that point, we are going to let those guys in the bullpen do their job.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2015 at 11:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff banister, rangers

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Keith Law - ESPN (Insider) - Phillies effectively reload their farm system with Cole Hamels deal

Here is Law’s overall assessment of the deal.

Ultimately, the Phillies got two highly regarded but flawed position player prospects, a high-probability starting pitching prospect who has a chance to be a solid No. 3, and a pair of depth arms. That’s a good mixture of quantity and quality for Hamels, exactly what they should have tried to get in this franchise-altering opportunity.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies, rangers

Rangers Get a New Ace in Cole Hamels

I picked the wrong night to go to bed early.

Was this haul really worth waiting for? Don’t get me wrong but, although they got a lot of bodies, I’m not sure they got the really high-upside guy they were holding out for. Williams has been pretty good in Double A but he’s just OK. Alfaro, despite his placement on prospect lists, looks overrated to me. Thompson is the best pitcher of the lot and he grades out as a middle of the rotation guy, at best. Time will tell, of course.

After months of rumors, Phillies ace Cole Hamels has reportedly been traded to the Rangers in an eight-player deal.  The Rangers acquired Hamels, reliever Jake Diekman, and $9.5MM in cash for veteran lefty Matt Harrison, pitching prospects Jake Thompson, Alec Asher, and Jerad Eickhoff, catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, and outfield prospect Nick Williams.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:41 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies, rangers

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Top 10 Fantasy Prospects: Conforto Coming? -

1. Michael Conforto, of, Mets

Update: Conforto raked at high Class A St. Lucie and has been even better since a promotion to Double-A Binghamton, slashing .317/.401/.518 in 43 games.

Prognosis: Drafted No. 10 overall just a year ago out of Oregon State, Conforto is forcing the Mets’ hand into considering a callup quicker than they would like. An inept offense and an injury to Michael Cuddyer have Conforto on the precipice of a major league stint and scouts believe his lefthanded bat and power to all fields will play.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2015 at 11:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, dodgers, mets, prospects, rangers, yankees

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fraley: How Angels became team to beat for Rangers entering second half | Dallas Morning News

Big midseason series.

The Rangers start the second half with a demanding nine-game trip.

They begin with three games against Houston. The Astros led the American League West for 88 days in the first half.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, rangers

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Texas Rangers sign Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez

The Rangers have agreed to terms with 22-year-old Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez, who was ranked as high as the No. 8 prospect in Cuba by Baseball America last year.

t fall and was granted free agency in February. Because of age and experience, Ibanez was subject to the rules of international bonus pools, which severely limited his negotiating ability.

Few teams had any money left in their 2014-15 budgets when he was made a free agent. The Rangers had a $4.6 million budget entering this signing period before obtaining nearly $900,000 in extra international signing bonus money in a minor league trade with the Los Angeles Angels last week.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2015 at 10:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: andy ibanez, cuban free agents, rangers

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