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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Ringer: How Lance Lynn Became the Best Pitcher in the AL

Like all great bits, my effusive adoration for Lynn was grounded partially in the truth—two truths, to be exact. The first is that Lynn specifically was underrated. From 2010 to 2018, 24 starting pitchers had at least three seasons with enough innings to qualify for the ERA title and an ERA+ of 120 or better. Ten of them have won at least one Cy Young Award, and another eight have finished third or better. But of those 24 starting pitchers, only Lynn and Hiroki Kuroda have never earned a single Cy Young vote.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 14, 2019 at 08:56 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: lance lynn, pitching, rangers, war

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Transformation of Alex Rodriguez (SI)

This January, Rodriguez spent two weeks as a guest speaker in lecturer Allison Kluger’s class on strategic pivoting and reputation management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. “From crisis comes a decisive moment,” says Kluger. “You can make the moment work for you, or you can crawl into a hole and wait for something else to come. Alex didn’t wait.”

Rodriguez did SoulCycle with the class’s 25 students, and ordered them all a Chipotle dinner (although, as a health nut, he didn’t himself eat a burrito). The highlight of the course, most agreed, was when he narrated his own crisis, though he didn’t get into exactly what substances he ingested or injected, or when or why; he’s never done that, publicly. Even so, all 25 course evaluations offered raves. “Alex’s superpower is his storytelling,” wrote one student. “He was able to engage and connect with every student.”

 


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Texas Rangers: With less than three weeks until the MLB trade deadline, the Rangers will ‘evaluate opportunities’ on both buying and selling | SportsDay

“We are going to evaluate opportunities and see what makes sense,” Daniels said, haltingly. “Sometimes it’s clear cut [on buyer or seller], but I don’t think we necessarily fit either of those categories. We have to figure out what makes the most sense. I’m slow to answer because it’s not black and white. There may be certain situations that don’t fit the buyer or seller characterization.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2019 at 11:49 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hunter Pence is mashing for the Rangers

Hunter Pence was thought to be on his way to retirement after a lackluster 2018 season with the Giants. As he entered his mid-30’s, Pence spent a considerable amount of time on the injured list, playing in 389 out of 648 possible regular season games with the Giants from 2015-18.

Pence, however, kept his career going, inking a minor league deal with the Rangers in February. He performed very well in spring training, earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. Pence hasn’t stopped hitting.

Entering Monday night’s game against the Mariners, Pence was batting .299/.358/.619 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 109 plate appearances, mostly as a DH. Statcast agrees that Pence has been mashing the ball. He has an average exit velocity of 93.3 MPH this season, which would obliterate his marks in each of the previous four seasons since Statcast became a thing. His career average exit velocity is 89.8 MPH. He has “barreled” the ball 10.4 percent of the time, well above his 6.2 percent average.

So, Small Sample Size Theatre at play- or a sign that the Giants curse those who play on them?

 

QLE Posted: May 21, 2019 at 04:41 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: comeback, hunter pence, rangers

Monday, May 20, 2019

Texas Rangers: How Willie Calhoun’s renewed mindset after starting season in minors has given Rangers a much-needed offensive injection | SportsDay

“It’s hard to put into words how proud I am of him,” manager Chris Woodward said. “It’s pretty special to see a kid who obviously wasn’t happy, but basically accepted what was going on and said ‘I’m going to be better because of the circumstances I’ve been put in.’ It didn’t affect him. He did everything he needed to do. It’s just a testament that he embraced our conversations. Hopefully, he knows that regardless of what happens moving forward, he’s done everything to belong here. I can’t make any promises to any player, but he’s made an impact in every game we’ve played.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2019 at 10:05 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, willie calhoun

Saturday, May 11, 2019

MLB roundup: Verlander, Astros stifle Rangers

Justin Verlander allowed one hit over seven strong innings, and the Houston Astros belted three solo homers while overcoming an injury to star Jose Altuve to beat the visiting Texas Rangers 3-0 on Friday night for their third consecutive victory.

Verlander, who improved to 6-1 with a 2.51 ERA, struck out eight and yielded only Asdrubal Cabrera’s single to lead off the fifth inning as the Astros won for the sixth time in seven games. It’s the third time in Verlander’s career that he has allowed just one hit in a start against the Rangers.

However, Houston’s latest victory might have come with a price as Altuve exited with left hamstring discomfort in the bottom of the first after beating out an infield hit. The team listed him as day-to-day.

For the rest of the night, the Astros were just fine without Altuve. Jake Marisnick clubbed his third homer of the season, a deep shot to right-center in the third inning. In the seventh, with two outs and Texas starter Lance Lynn in a nice groove, Yuli Gurriel and Robinson Chirinos delivered back-to-back home runs to pad the Astros’ advantage.

So, any subjects of interest that we’ve missed?

QLE Posted: May 11, 2019 at 04:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose altuve, justin verlander, rangers

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

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.


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

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