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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 | 50 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

Monday, July 11, 2016

Texas Rangers could have a Surprise trade in the works | FOX Sports

Is regressing before you become an All-Star a really big issue?

Benintendi, the Red Sox’s first-round pick out of Arkansas a year ago, has only 177 at-bats at Double A. Some Sox officials are wary of rushing him, knowing that shortstop Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. reached the majors quickly, then regressed before becoming All-Stars.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, rangers, trade rumors

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

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