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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Texas Rangers: Nomar Mazara had best first month by a Rangers rookie—ever | SportsDay

He certainly looked good yesterday.

Watch the homer first, then the throw.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers

Monday, May 02, 2016

Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish breezes through his first rehab start since Tommy John surgery with Frisco RoughRiders | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Taking a cautious approach into his first outing in almost 21 months, Yu Darvish emerged with a sense of relief on Sunday.

“I hoped I’m not going to blow (out) my elbow,” the three-time American League All-Star told reporters through an interpreter. “That’s what I was thinking.”

Darvish had no trouble of the sort and breezed through a pair of hitless frames for Double-A Frisco in his first rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March. He fanned two, allowed one walk and threw 18 of 32 pitches for strikes to Corpus Christi hitters at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Ultimately, the Hooks edged the RoughRiders, 4-3.

“It’s been a while since I pitched in a game situation,’’ Darvish said. “I felt like I was pitching with the bases loaded in a big league game every pitch. I’m very happy about today’s outing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 11:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Astros, Rangers Exploring Carolina League Teams

Well, the cat is out of the bag: The Houston Astros are looking at placing a High A team at a new Fayetteville ballpark, while the Texas Rangers are still eying a team in Kinston, as work progresses on moving two teams from the California League to the Carolina League.

Astros owner Jim Crane was in Fayetteville today to look at ballpark sites, in a move originally scheduled for last Monday (the trip was delayed due to flooding in Houston). And while the whole Cal to Carolina move for the High Desert Mavericks and Bakersfield Blaze franchises — as well as a new downtown Fayetteville ballpark, something we discussed in the past, as well as a potential Astros High-A farm team at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches — has been hush-hush, it’s out in the open now after Crane’s rather public visit to Fayetteville, per the Fayetteville Observer:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, california league, carolina league, rangers

Friday, April 22, 2016

White Sox turn 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play

Worst TOOTBLAN ever?

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 22, 2016 at 11:54 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: fundamentals, rangers, tootblan, white sox

Texas Rangers: Grant: How will Jurickson Profar situation play out? I see two scenarios | SportsDay

How much trade value does Profar have at this point?

Question: How has Profar been playing in the minors? With the way Elvis and Odor are playing, do you you think we’ll see Profar before September?
Evan Grant: He enters Thursday hitting .293 with a .412 OBP. I’ve heard from some evaluators that there is still some concern about his arm strength, but ain’t nothing wrong with the bat. My gut tells me this: Either Profar will be part of a big trade for a starting pitcher this summer or, over the winter, the Rangers will pursue a deal with the New York Yankees that would send Andrus there and create a spot for Profar. I don’t see him playing a significant role on the 2016 big league team.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: jurickson profar, rangers

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Players Honor Prince by Changing Walkup Music.

Later in the evening, a handful of players changed their walk-up music to Prince songs, including the Reds’ Brandon Phillips, the Orioles’ Adam Jones, the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and the Rangers’ Bryan Holaday.

As a rule, I don’t get worked up over celebrity deaths. But this one hurts.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 21, 2016 at 10:59 PM | 670 comment(s)
  Beats: death, music, orioles, rangers, reds, twins, yankees

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Rise and Fall of Rafael Palmeiro

At the far end of the Mexican restaurant just off the highway in a Dallas suburb, he slides into a booth.

“I could still do it,” Rafael Palmeiro says. “If I had to play a full season, I could probably hit .270, with 25 home runs. It’s between the ears, man.”

The restaurant is half-full for lunch, and the pop music on the speakers drowns out any noise. A lanky, 30-something waiter comes by every five minutes, pauses and asks if he wants water, or if he’s OK. Each time the waiter leaves, he glances back at Palmeiro.

It’s awkward, but it’s not quite celebrity gawking—he doesn’t want a photo. His curiosity is more academic. He studies him. He knows this man, of course. We all do. He was once a sure-fire baseball Hall of Famer. Now the waiter is attempting to fold together the two defining points in this man’s life and make sense of it—the 500th home run followed by his name stamped onto the wall in what was then called the Ballpark in Arlington a few miles down the road, and the announcement he was a cheater two years later.

Palmeiro smiles politely. For nearly 11 years, besides the occasional phone interview and a documentary produced about his college baseball team, he’s disappeared from public life. But now he wants to empty his soul. When the waiter leaves he turns his shoulders to face me.

“This isn’t how I envisioned my life to be.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, peds, rafael palmeiro, rangers

Monday, April 18, 2016

The future is now as MLB pushes real-time data technology | The Star-Telegram

The guys in the control room need to get out and watch a ballgame once in a while.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, technology

Friday, April 15, 2016

Report: Adrian Beltre to stick with Rangers through 2018

The Texas Rangers and Adrian Beltre have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $18 million per year, according to MLB.com.

Beltre, 37, was set to become a free agent at the end of this season, when the six-year contract he signed in January 2011 expires.

Beltre has long been a priority for Texas.

“We would like Adrian to finish his career as a Ranger,” general manager Jon Daniels said last year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 15, 2016 at 09:52 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo slugs two more homers for Round Rock Express | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

What kind of hitter will Joey Gallo be? Following his track record of second year adjustments at each level, we might have to wait until 2008 to find out.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Rangers Shin-Soo Choo to DL; Mazara called up | MLB.com

The Mazara Era has begun.

The Rangers have called up outfielder Nomar Mazara and catcher Brett Nicholas from Triple-A Round Rock and placed Robinson Chirinos and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the disabled list.

Choo is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a strained right calf muscle, while Chirinos is expected to be out 10-12 weeks with a fractured right forearm. Chirinos was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Mazara, a left-handed hitter, is coming up to be the everyday right fielder while Choo is sidelined. He was in the lineup batting second on Sunday.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2016 at 04:04 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers, robinson chirinos, shin-soo choo

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Potential Rejuvenation of Matt Bush | FanGraphs Baseball

Hopefully, he keeps his life in order.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt bush, rangers

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Surprise Five: Thoughts from Monday at Rangers camp | The Star-Telegram

Some good Rangers news.

Ian Desmond was back on the highlight reel Monday with a sizzling one-hop throw to the plate to easily get Nolan Arenado early on. Arenado should have never been sent, but he was and Desmond’s throw was what manager Jeff Banister was talking about last week when he said that Desmond already has one of the best arms in left field in the game.

The Rangers continue to be infatuated with Desmond’s defense, which continues to be a work in progress. It seems as though the Rangers believe he has left field figured out, and Banister remains committed to giving him chances in center field.

Ryan Rua got a chance in right field against the Rockies, and Hanser Alberto got a chance at first base. A bench of Chris Gimenez, Alberto and Rua seems like a good bet if the Rangers go with an eight-man bullpen.

If they have a traditional seven-man bullpen, outfielder Drew Stubbs could be the fourth player over James Jones. The Rangers seem to like Stubbs’ defense a tad more. The Rangers would be without a left-handed hitter on the bench should Stubbs prevail over Jones, but that would be alleviated when/if Josh Hamilton comes off the disabled list in early May.

If.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Texas Rangers: Joey Gallo hits third home run in four games as Rangers beat Cleveland | SportsDay

Joey Gallo is making an impression.

At it again: Something appears to be working with Joey Gallo’s approach. He homered Tuesday over the right field berm and nearly clearing a party tent that sat behind it. It was his third homer in his last four games and a span of 10 at-bats. Perhaps more impressive: It came off funky lefty Tom Gorzelanny on the first pitch Gallo saw. Gallo singled in his next at-bat, too, and has reached base in 10 of his last 17 plate appearances.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Texas Rangers: Sources: Rangers are surveying catching market and Lucroy may not be top target | SportsDay

The Rangers are happy with Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, but they are thin behind him. It is one area in which general manager Jon Daniels recently acknowledged a lack of depth. The Rangers are currently deciding between Chris Gimenez, Michael McKenry and Bobby Wilson for the backup spot.

If the club were to add Norris, who started a career-high 116 games behind the plate last year, it would give them the ability to plan on keeping Chirinos in the 70-80 game range.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2016 at 07:56 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris., rangers

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Rangers’ Joey Gallo hits first spring homer | MLB.com

“I’m trying to be more patient than last year,” said Gallo, the Rangers’ top prospect. “That’s the biggest difference from last year. It wasn’t that I couldn’t hit, I just wasn’t patient. I’m going up there with a different feeling. Early in spring I was trying to see more pitches. Now I’m being more aggressive.”

Gallo, called to the big leagues when Adrian Beltre went on the disabled list in June, played in 36 games for the Rangers as a rookie last season and hit .204 with six home runs, 14 RBIs and 57 strikeouts in 108 at-bats.
He also struggled in the second half after being sent to Triple-A Round Rock, hitting .195 with 14 home runs, 32 RBIs and 90 strikeouts in 200 at-bats. That’s why the Rangers want Gallo to have a quietly productive spring and then go to Round Rock to re-establish his confidence.

“I liked his approach early on,” manager Jeff Banister said. “He was seeing pitches and staying patient. He’s seeing pitches and getting his timing down. I have not seen the [chasing of pitches]. Today he unlocked it and let the bat go. Eventually he is going to get to the point where he is swinging at pitches he can hit.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Friday, March 11, 2016

Texas Rangers: Signs from spring training; Mazara looks legit, Perez looks ready for big role, do these games actually matter? | SportsDay

Who has impressed you the most in spring training?

Grant: Nomar Mazara looks legit. Has great approach at the plate. Stinging the ball. It’s not surprising that he is performing well since he’s a top prospect, but maybe a bit surprising since this is his first major league spring training. Also: Martin Perez. He just looks ready for a big role. And seven ground balls in two innings in his first spring start is further evidence the Tommy John issues are a thing of the past.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Adrian Beltre Seeks Three-Year Deal From Rangers - MLB Trade Rumors

That’s a lot of money for a 37 year old, especially with Joey Gallo waiting. I guess we’ll see what the Rangers really think of Gallo.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is looking for a three-year deal in extension talks with the club, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports (Twitter links). He’s also hoping to out-earn Pablo Sandoval on an annual basis, per the report, which would suggest a deal with an average annual value in excess of $19MM. Presumably, that contract would kick in following the 2016 campaign, as Beltre is already guaranteed $18MM for the upcoming season.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2016 at 07:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Texas Rangers: The next step in Martin Perez’s path to becoming a top of the rotation starter is a simple one | SportsDay

“He seems to have intent to everything he does right now,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “He is a confident human being. He feels good, trusts his arm and knows he can definitely have an impact on this game.”
“Last year, my focus was probably more on my arm,” Perez acknowledged. “This year, I know where my focus us: We want to win. I want to win. I want to compete. We know that we can do what we want to do: Win the World Series. This is a time for me to focus and be better every day. I feel comfortable with that. And I know that they trust me. A lot.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: martin perez, rangers

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Texas Rangers: Jon Daniels: How Josh Hamilton and Ian Desmond will co-exist if and when Hamilton is healthy | SportsDay

Will Hamilton really contribute much this season? I’m not feeling it.

I hope Ian’s playing well and come May, Josh is healthy and ready to roll. Even before the last few weeks where Josh’s knee acted up again, internally we were all discussing what is the right number of games for Josh and I don’t think anyone felt like it was 150. At 34, going to be 35, he’s had multiple knee surgeries, he’s 240-plus pounds, a big man on a knee that’s had some issues.

Even before the last few weeks, all off-season we’ve been of the mindset that we were going to have to monitor his playing time. What we’ve talked to Josh about is let’s really focus on getting healthy. If you’re healthy and you come back and you’re playing the way you’re capable of playing, I’m very confident we’ll sort it out. I’m very confident that we’ll find spots where Josh can play and contribute to the club and at the same time still protect his body.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ian desmond, jon daniels, josh hamilton, jurickson profar, rangers, royals

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Texas Rangers: Grant: The inside story of how Ian Desmond ended up playing outfield for the Rangers | SportsDay

I hope Ian Desmond has a great year after firing his agent.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2016 at 11:50 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: ian desmond, rangers

Lebreton: Ian Desmond humbled, ready to turn page with Texas Rangers

The statistics page. The free agent’s remorse page. The What-the-Heck-Happened-to-Me-in-2015 page.

With apologies to Repoz … I haven’t seen so much page-turning up on the stage … since I was in the audience for the taping of Bob Seger’s “Live Bullet”!

BDC Posted: March 01, 2016 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, rangers

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Ian Desmond, Rangers agree to 1 year deal | MLB.com

Did Desmond already fire his agent?

Update:

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: ian desmond, rangers

Friday, February 26, 2016

Rangers’ Big Three prospects not worried about big league roadblocks

Joey Gallo … will play third base this spring, even though it looks as if, assuming Beltre’s stay is extended, another position is in his future.  “I’ll play wherever,” Gallo said Thursday morning.

Lewis Brinson, rated as the Rangers’ No. 2 prospect, wants to be a center fielder, but like Gallo, will move around the outfield to accommodate his first big-league stint. Delino DeShields currently occupies center field.

Next on the prospect list is Nomar Mazara, who can play both corner outfield spots. But right and left field are to be held down by Shin-Soo Choo and Josh Hamilton through 2017.

Something tells me that if Brinson and Mazara are any good, they won’t be blocked for long.  Third base is different as Beltre continues to shine and Gallo offers a lot of question marks.

BDC Posted: February 26, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, spring training

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