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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Rangers send Rougned Odor to the injured list with knee sprain

Second baseman Rougned Odor has been placed on the 10-day injured list, the Rangers revealed Saturday. Odor was removed from the lineup on Friday with right knee soreness, which was then characterized as a knee sprain upon further evaluation. Per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he’s expected to miss at least two weeks in recovery.

Does this mean that Jose Bautista won after all?

 

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: knee, rangers, rougned odor

Monday, April 08, 2019

A swarm of bees sent the Rangers bullpen running for cover

For some reason, bees love the Los Angeles Angels. There is no other explanation.

The past few seasons have seen numerous Angels spring training and regular season games interrupted by bees. It happened again on Sunday, and the Rangers bullpen wasn’t exactly amused.

Heading into the fifth inning of the game in Anaheim, Texas pitcher Kyle Bird was trying to warm up in the bullpen as a swarm of bees settled in around the left-field fence and stands.

So, would bees like Atlanta, or are they still bitter over the name change?

 

QLE Posted: April 08, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bees, rangers

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Mariners get Connor Sadzeck from Rangers for minor leaguer

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have acquired hard-throwing right-hander Connor Sadzeck from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitcher Grant Anderson.

The trade announced Monday came after Sadzeck didn’t make the Texas roster at the end of spring training and was out of minor league options. He was designated for assignment after allowing seven runs on four hits with eight walks and 11 strikeouts in eight Cactus League games.

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 04:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: connor sadzeck, mariners, rangers

Friday, March 29, 2019

Cubs, Rangers fans miss opening ceremonies due to long lines outside stadium

The final season at Globe Life Park in Arlington did not start the way anyone hoped. And that’s before the first pitch was thrown Thursday between the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.

David Tarrant, a reporter with Dallas Morning News, intended to talk to fans about the final season to be played at the park. He was even there for opening day in 1994.

Instead, he listened to angry fans stuck outside as lines extended down the block from the third base side to the home plate side.

It turns out the problems with Rangers management extend beyond the product on the field….

QLE Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lines, opening day, rangers

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Veteran RHP Hammel retires after 13 seasons

Veteran right-hander Jason Hammel is retiring even though he had been told by the Texas Rangers that he had made the team.

The Rangers announced Hammel’s decision on Saturday, a day after the 36-year-old pitcher was informed he would be on the 25-man roster as a long reliever. He had gone to spring training on a minor league deal.

Some jokes just write themselves….

 

QLE Posted: March 24, 2019 at 07:05 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: jason hammel, rangers, retirement

Friday, March 22, 2019


Friday, March 15, 2019


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Texas Rangers: ‘Mimic’ Maid Park? Here’s why Rangers’ new ballpark doesn’t look like Astros’ stadium in Houston | SportsDay

It’s still shocking to me a new ballpark is coming for the Rangers.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2019 at 11:34 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Texas Rangers: Joey Gallo more open to bunting vs. shifts | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Meanwhile, back at Surprise Stadium, Joey Gallo bunted, which is probably bigger news than Lynn’s pitching or Woodward’s talking. As we all know, there isn’t much that gets some fans’ dander up more than Gallo not bunting against an infield shift.

“We’re you not here? Then it didn’t happen,” Gallo said. “Yeah, it was cool.”

Gallo has shown bunt in each of his past two games. He did it in the first inning Saturday against the San Francisco Giants’ four-outfielder shift, which left the left side of the infield bare.

“I went to bunt against the Giants, and the pitch was three feet outside and it was called a [bleeping] strike,” Gallo said. “And then I was 0-1, but I couldn’t bunt. The approach was there, and the plan was there.

“I’m just trying to do it more. If they shift, here and there, just try to late it down. Screw it. I might as well.”

Read more here: https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/mlb/texas-rangers/article227149669.html#storylink=cpy

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2019 at 06:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Monday, March 04, 2019


Monday, February 25, 2019

How One of the Worst Hitters in Baseball History Became a Hot Commodity - WSJ

Jeff Mathis, a catcher who will celebrate his 36th birthday next month, owns a batting average of .198 since debuting with the Los Angeles Angels in 2005. Among all players with at least 2,500 career plate appearances dating back to 1876, only one has fared worse: Bill Bergen, a backstop who hit .170 from 1901 through 1911.

But Bergen survived only 11 seasons before his ineptitude with the bat prompted the Brooklyn Dodgers to release him at age 33. With a freshly inked two-year, $6.25 million contract with the Texas Rangers, Mathis is set to last at least 16 seasons, with no plans to stop then.

“I’d like to have better numbers on the back of my card and do a little more at the plate, there’s no doubt. Obviously, that #### bothers me,” Mathis said. “But just being to still be here in this game is a tribute to the hard work I’ve put in elsewhere.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2019 at 10:48 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff mathis, rangers

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Rangers SS Andrus in much different spot with Beltre retired

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP)—Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus prepared for the first full-squad workout at a different locker than in past springs.

Now 30 and going into his 11th season, Andrus is in a much different place than just his spot in the clubhouse.

With star third baseman Adrian Beltre now retired, Andrus will be assuming a bigger leadership role on a team with a lot of 20-something position players in the lineup with him.

Sorry, folks, this article doesn’t mean that Andrus is moving to third base.

 

QLE Posted: February 19, 2019 at 04:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, elvis andrus, rangers

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Something Special About First Workout for New Texas Manager

Chris Woodward thinks long-term and appreciates the everyday grind of the game, having been a utility infielder over a dozen seasons and serving as a third base coach in the World Series each of the past two years.

Still, Woodward allowed himself to consider where he had come from to being a first-time manager when the Texas Rangers pitchers and catchers held their first workout of spring training Wednesday.

“There’s something special about it. To think, just kind of go back to my career, and I kind of mentioned that to the guys today,” Woodward said. “When you’ve been through so much as a player and then as a coach, just the ups and downs, you kind of start to look back and think about, ‘Man, this thing started when I was 18, could I be standing at this moment.’ ... I’m going to enjoy it.”

Will there be anything special about his last workout?

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris woodward, rangers, workout

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Texas Rangers: Internal expectation is to win | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“We’ve been pretty clear that this wasn’t the winter we would be looking to put the finishes touches and we were not competing at the highest level of the trade market or free agency,” Daniels said. “Can we go out there and compete without signing folks and some of the good things we’ve got going on? I absolutely think we can

“But focus has been and will be on the future. Everybody that we’ve hired and all the transactions we’ve made have been with that in mind. When you combine that with some waves of talent coming up; some guys at the big-league level, especially on the position player side with guys that we think have additional steps that can take; some upper-level starting-pitching prospects that could very well get to the big leagues and start to make an impact this year; our staff; our investments on the infrastructure side; the facilities; the new ballpark coming; it’s an exciting time to be a part of this, and we hope our fans are excited for that as well.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2019 at 09:38 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: chris woodward, rangers

Friday, February 08, 2019

New Rangers manager has 20-somethings and revamped rotation

ARLINGTON, TEXAS
The Texas Rangers are not only young, with all those 20-something position players, they go into spring training with a first-time manager and without the retired Adrian Beltre at third base.

Chris Woodward has never been a manager. But the 42-year-old former utility infielder spent the last three seasons as third base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have something in common with the Rangers.

Los Angeles lost in the World Series the past two years. The last team to do that was Texas, which hasn’t won another playoff series since its back-to-back AL pennants in 2010 and 2011. The Rangers are now coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2008.

I never liked 20-somethings And Revamped Rotation much as a series- far too whiny and smug…..

QLE Posted: February 08, 2019 at 04:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chris woodward, rangers

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Rangers sign Hunter Pence, Matt Davidson | Texas Rangers

The Rangers signed three-time All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The Rangers also officially announced the signing of infielder Matt Davidson to a Minor League contract and have confirmed that he will be given a chance to pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2019 at 07:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hunter pence, matt davidson, rangers

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Rangers to retire Adrian Beltre’s number, is Cooperstown next?

The Texas Rangers have decided no player will ever wear No. 29 again. The team will retire Adrian Beltre’s number during the 2019 season.

Beltre will be honored during a pre-game ceremony June 8, according to the team’s Executive Vice President of Communications John Blake. The Rangers will take on the Oakland Athletics that day.

The move solidifies Beltre’s place in Rangers’ history. While Beltre played for four different teams throughout his Major League Baseball career, he experienced the most success with the Rangers. Beltre made three of his four All-Star appearances with the team. He hit .304/.357/.509, with 199 home runs, in his eight seasons with Texas.

I’m not sure that Betteridge’s Law applies here- wonder if this will be a controversial opinion….

QLE Posted: February 06, 2019 at 04:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers, retired numbers

Saturday, February 02, 2019

The Rangers are trying to turn this free agent into their own version of Shohei Ohtani

Last offseason, the Texas Rangers were among the seven finalists for Japanese two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani. But despite having the most money to offer, Ohtani chose to sign with their division rival Los Angeles Angels.

One year later, the Rangers are trying again to add another two-way player, although this one comes with much less upside: former Chicago White Sox third baseman Matt Davidson, who they reportedly signed to a minor league deal Friday.

Davidson may not be a household name since being a first-round pick in 2009, but he’s shown flashes of potential. Although he crossed the 20-homer mark each of the last two seasons, his lack of defense and high strikeout rate have led to him producing -0.1 WAR.

Something to follow in the years to come- it will be rather interesting to see how many experiments of this nature that we get.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 02, 2019 at 04:09 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: matt davidson, rangers, two-way players

Friday, February 01, 2019

Rangers’ new stadium will have synthetic turf, not grass

ARLINGTON, Texas—The Texas Rangers will use specially designed synthetic playing surface rather than grass in their new retractable-roof stadium that opens in 2020.

Texas’ decision will make it the fourth of the 30 major league teams to use artificial turf. Toronto’s Rogers Centre and Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field have had artificial turf since they opened, and Arizona’s Chase Field is switching from grass to turf this season.

MLB has a high of 10 artificial surfaces, in 1977-78 and again from 1982-94.

Somewhere, Tug McGraw is deeply disappointed.

 

QLE Posted: February 01, 2019 at 04:32 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, stadium issues, turf

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Rangers sign lefty after 99-mph video ‘blew up’

So was Nunn’s baseball career, especially after he sat out the entire 2016 season while pursuing a master’s degree in business at Lipscomb University in Nashville. He was also doing some modeling on the side, appearing in photo shoots and music videos.

That’s not how you get rediscovered by Major League scouts.

“I’m just thankful that I persevered and never gave up,” Nunn said.

You get discovered by throwing a fastball 97-99 mph, even if you are just doing it on video in a winter throwing session back in Nashville. But @PitchingNinja and Flatground App kept Nunn from “falling through the cracks.”


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Asdrubal Cabrera agrees with Rangers

The Rangers have reached an agreement with free-agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera on a one-year contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network.

The deal is for less than $5 million and is pending a physical, according to Rosenthal, who added that the Rangers will use Cabrera at third base.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2019 at 12:07 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, rangers

Monday, January 07, 2019

Rangers get former manager’s son on waiver claim from Angels

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell on a waiver claim from the Los Angeles Angels.

Texas also Friday signed right-handers Adrian Sampson and Rafael Montero to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training

So, if he’s formerly a manager’s son, whose son is he now?

QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, luke farrell, rangers, waivers

Saturday, December 22, 2018


Friday, December 21, 2018

Athletics acquire Jurickson Profar from Rangers in three-team trade with Rays

All three teams have announced the trade. Here are the details:

Athletics get: IF Jurickson Profar
Rangers get: LHP Kyle Bird, LHP Brock Burke, RHP Yoel Espinal, IF Eli White, international bonus money
Rays get: RHP Emilio Pagan, RHP Rollie Lacy, Competitive Balance Round A draft pick

Bored Posted: December 21, 2018 at 04:36 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rangers, rays, trades

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Texas Rangers: A familiar face is gone, but value for the future remains. Here’s where the Rangers stand after MLB winter meetings | SportsDay

This is a few days old but has a nice assessment of the Alex Claudio trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2018 at 08:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex claudio, rangers

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