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Monday, December 10, 2018

Texas Rangers: Could the Rangers’ Jurickson Profar be somebody’s consolation prize for missing on Manny Machado? | SportsDay

They’d better trade him before he gets hurt again.

The Rangers were thrilled with Profar’s progress in 2018. He became the team’s primary third baseman because of injuries to Adrian Beltre. He finished the season with a slash line of .254/.335/.458/.793 but hit .264/.348/.478/.826 over the final four months of the season.

Among the 17 shortstops/third basemen who began the offseason as free agents, only four players—Machado, Eduardo Escobar, Jose Iglesias and Mike Moustakas—had higher WARs than Profar’s 2.0 figure. Escobar has already re-signed with Arizona.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2018 at 12:22 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jurickson profar, rangers

Friday, December 07, 2018


Saturday, December 01, 2018

For one final time, Adrian Beltre stayed true to himself in his goodbye to the Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON - Retirement press conferences are the worst.

They are stilted and manufactured and, these days, often feature a player who already retired signing a meaningless one-day contract to retire all over again. The retiree usually reads something prepared that sounds nothing like himself. At some point, there is a pause during which the athlete either chokes up or breaks down.

When questions come, they are often tinged with pity for a broken-down player trying to place his just-ended career in context.

A great player says goodbye in his own sweet way.

QLE Posted: December 01, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers, retirement

Friday, November 30, 2018

Report: Rangers sign Edinson Volquez to one-year, $2 million deal

I assume this is the epitome of buying a lotto ticket in terms of free-agent signings….

QLE Posted: November 30, 2018 at 06:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, rangers

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Texas Rangers: Woodward dines with Andrus, others | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

They aren’t going to win without much improved starters.

“These guys are eager, man,” Woodward said during the first full day of the general managers meetings. “I don’t know how many games we’re going to win next year. Nobody does, but they don’t like the fact that people have low expectations for us. I think that’s important.

“They want to win. They’re not looking at this thing as we’re expected to lose 100 games or 90 games. They were mad. They weren’t happy about that. That meant a lot to me, especially Andrus.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 10:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Sources: Los Angeles Dodgers third-base coach Chris Woodward hired as next Rangers manager

Finally, the Rangers apparently have a manager.

More than six weeks after firing Jeff Banister and after interviewing more than a dozen candidates near and far, the Rangers have chosen Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward, according to three industry sources.

General manager Jon Daniels, who earlier in the day addressed the team’s roster manipulations, did not respond to text requests for comment. Woodward is the third manager Daniels has hired in his 13 years with the Rangers; all of them are first-time managers.

So, any thoughts on the merits of this hire?

 

QLE Posted: November 03, 2018 at 09:36 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris woodward, managers, rangers

Friday, November 02, 2018

Texas Rangers reportedly hire Matt Blood as farm director

From director of the U18 National Team to farm director- wondering if there is any broader meaning to consider….

QLE Posted: November 02, 2018 at 04:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: farm system, matt blood, rangers

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Texas Rangers: The next Rangers GM? Meet the man with a World Series ring who could one day replace Jon Daniels | SportsDay

The Rangers, too, are trying to expand their scope. Daniels’ master stroke remains the trade of Mark Teixeira in 2007, in which he read the market perfectly, maximized trade value and gave the organization the foundation for a long-term window of contention. It just so happened to coincide with the time that the use of advanced metrics—analytics—were warping to hyper speed. While the Rangers tried to prop their window open, other clubs invested more time and effort in advanced window-opening technology.
The Cubs were among them.

“In 2012-13, we invested bigger in research and development than we did in the major league team, I think,” Rehman said somewhat metaphorically. “I think we saw some real return on that in scouting, player development areas. Teams are seeing that. I think there is some real low-hanging fruit, especially in player development, where we will make an investment, too.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2018 at 08:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Thursday, October 25, 2018

World Series glory has never felt so far away for the Texas Rangers

After two nights (and a solid seven hours) of World Series viewing, several realizations come to mind. But, first and foremost, there is this one:

The Rangers aren’t going to win this.

Maybe ever.

Tim Cowlishaw looks at the sky and gets increasingly concerned that it is falling.

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:35 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: playoff implications, rangers

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Rangers’ manager search still has no end in sight, and that might be the best thing for the organization

SURPRISE, Ariz.—The Rangers’ managerial search marched into its second month over the weekend. There is no end in sight.

This is likely to take at least another week, since Major League Baseball all but forbids teams from making major announcements during the World Series so as not to divert attention from the game’s diamond event.

Besides, what’s the hurry?

If need be, I’ll take the job- can I manage in suit and tie?

QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, rangers

Rangers don’t plan to make qualifying offer to Adrián Beltré

Something to follow for the coming off-season, with regards to both Beltre and the Rangers.

QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, qualifying offers, rangers

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Texas Rangers: Decline in single-game ticket sales has cost the Rangers an estimated $54 million in revenue since 2012 | SportsDay

Some people should NOT be allowed anywhere near a calculator.

In 2012, coming off a second consecutive World Series appearance, the Rangers set a club record with 3,460,280 tickets sold. They followed that with 3,178,273 tickets sold in 2013.

The drop from 2012 to this season is 1,353,173. That is the 10th-largest decrease within a seven-season window in baseball history.

Using the $40-per-ticket estimate, that also translates to a revenue shortfall of $54 million.

Edited by Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2018 at 10:56 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, rangers

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Decline in single-game ticket sales has cost the Rangers an estimated $54 million in revenue since 2012

In May, when fan interest had gone into a nosedive, the Rangers issued a statement to The Dallas Morning News in which the club said another decline in attendance would not impact the long-term payroll and baseball-operations budget.

That resolve is about to be tested.

The final numbers have been posted. For the Rangers, it was a bloodbath that will put a strain on finances and raise a question as to whether a disenchanted segment of the fan base can be retrieved.

Some interesting information, for those curious about the financial aspects of the game.

QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, revenues, tickets

Sources: Rangers have done significant due diligence on at least 7 managerial candidates, including Sandy Alomar Jr. and Mark DeRosa

The Rangers have yet to finalize their list of interviews for their vacant managerial spot, but have done significant due diligence on at least five external candidates, two sources confirmed Wednesday.

The Rangers are also giving strong consideration to internal candidates Don Wakamatsu, who finished the season as the interim manager, and assistant general manager Jayce Tingler, who finished the season as the bench coach, the sources confirmed.

From outside the organization, the Rangers have discussed two coaches for teams still in the playoffs, Los Angeles Dodgers’ third base coach Chris Woodward and Houston bench coach Joe Espada. Three others all played for the Rangers and were teammates in 2005: Cleveland first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa and San Diego Triple-A manager Rod Barajas.

Isn’t there a rule that says they aren’t supposed to discuss this while the playoffs are ongoing?

QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 11:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: don wakamatsu, jayce tingler, managerial search, mark derosa, rangers, sandy alomar jr.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Texas Rangers: Why the remaking of the Rangers’ pitching staff has to start by trading Nomar Mazara | SportsDay

Development is not linear. Trading Mazara doesn’t sound like a good idea. Putting Choo at DH, moving Mazara to left, and installing Gallo in right seems like good moves to me. I have no idea what to do with Calhoun. Neither did the Dodgers, of course, which is why they dumped him on the Rangers.

What the Rangers have to hope is that someone else agrees with James and believes in the potential of a hitter who has three years in the bigs, yet doesn’t turn 24 until April.

Daniels needs to make a bold move because the Rangers are out of options. No matter which Rangers administration you cite, practically, they’ve been behind the curve in developing pitchers. Even if you have faith in the prospects they brag about now, those kids are a long way from pitching in the bigs. Daniels says they won’t push them.

Can’t wait on them, either.

“To line things up with this group of position players, players that are 24, 25 years old,” Daniels said, “we’re gonna have to look outside.”

Edit: Some additional info on Mazara. He hit .272/.332/.450 with 15 homers in the first half. He then suffered a thumb injury which put him on the DL and bothered him the rest of the season. Just today…

 

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 02:16 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers

Friday, September 28, 2018

After trading away much of their bullpen, the Rangers have experienced a few exceptional game-ending developments

SEATTLE - First, the disclaimer: Objects seen through a September lens can be deceiving.

With that in mind, the best development of the month may be that the seedlings in the Rangers’ bullpen may be starting to sprout. On Thursday, the Rangers shutout Seattle 2-0 with Connor Sadzeck and Jose Leclerc finishing off the final two innings of the three-hit shutout.

Rookie Ariel Jurado pitched the first six innings, allowing two hits, for his best outing in the majors.

And now, the Mutual Broadcasting System presents presents The Adventures Of Relief Pitching Isn’t That Hard To Find, as he rides on his noble steed, Small Sample Size!

QLE Posted: September 28, 2018 at 04:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, relief pitching

Friday, September 21, 2018

Jeff Banister fired as Texas Rangers manager

The managerial merry-go-round strikes again.

In the span of four years, Jeff Banister went from first to worst.

He will not get a chance to reverse the club’s course again.

With the Rangers headed for a last-place finish and the team’s second consecutive losing season, the Rangers decided to make a change, the team announced Friday. Banister, 54, will not return for a fifth season in 2019. Banister is due $950,000 for 2019, according to a salary survey from USA Today earlier this season.

This will be the first time since 2007-08 the Rangers have had consecutive losing seasons. The Rangers will finish out the season with bench coach Don Wakamatsu as interim manager. He will presumably be a candidate for the full-time job.

ajnrules Posted: September 21, 2018 at 02:35 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff banister, managers, rangers

Monday, September 17, 2018

Rangers’ Adrian Beltre remains undecided about playing next season. Here’s what he is certain of regarding the end.

SAN DIEGO—He does not want cowboy boots.

As he prepares for the final homestand of the season, Adrian Beltre remains undecided about whether this will be it for him or if he will play again in 2019. What he is certain of: Whatever the decision, he doesn’t want a fuss. Not now. Or, if he plays again, not next year.

He doesn’t want farewell tours and gifts like the boots the Rangers gave to New York Yankees legends Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter on their announced final trips to Arlington.

Given some of what we’ve seen in the last few years, there’s something to be said for someone willing to retire with dignity.

QLE Posted: September 17, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, dignity, rangers, retirement

Sunday, August 12, 2018

10 Yrs Later - Reflecting on maybe the Craziest Red Sox Game Of All

Consider the basics:

- In the bottom of the first inning, the Red Sox took a 10-0 lead over the Texas Rangers, sparked by two 3-run home runs by David Ortiz.

- The Rangers rallied to take a 16-14 lead.

- The Sox responded, ultimately prevailing on a Kevin Youkilis 3-run home run with two outs in the 8thinning for a 19-17 win.

- The 36 runs scored tied a 58 (now 68)-year-old record for most runs scored in an American League game.

But what made this night truly bizarre, singularly weird under the baseball zodiac, Zany with a capital Z?

That would be the Red Sox starting pitcher.

The guy named Zink.

Charlie Zink.

This is a really cool piece that touches on the crazy game and Zink’s life since the game (he is a car salesman and seems content and happy).

 

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: August 12, 2018 at 02:17 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: knuckleball, rangers, red sox

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Questions linger after Rangers ship out DeShields

The Rangers have sent regular center-fielder Delino DeShields, who has been stellar in the field and lousy at the plate, to AAA Round Rock – and brought up, you guessed it, another relief pitcher.

The main question is not so much “Why did you demote the guy batting .204?” as “Why are you keeping the guys batting .195 (Ryan Rua) and .143 (Carlos Tocci)?”

Manager Jeff Banister, who wasn’t the only voice in the decision-making process, was the messenger of the news. The message opened him up to a bevy of questions.

“We’re taking a guy that we want to be able to give an opportunity to work in an environment that isn’t a major-league environment,” Banister said. “We treat every situation not necessarily on a comparable basis. There are different circumstances when guys get sent down. Was the optimum? No, but it’s part of the process that we feel is best for us at this point.”

BDC Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, rangers, rosters

Monday, July 23, 2018

108 degrees? Pfft.

On Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park, about 15,000 fans braved a first-pitch temperature of 102. And that kept going up, topping out at 108 before the game ended around 4:40 p.m.

Clint Whitaker, his two sons and nephew, drove in from Fruitvale (about 60 miles east of Dallas) to celebrate son Cash’s 10th birthday. They were sitting in the seats they bought, in the sun behind home plate on the lower level.

Cannon, 4, was handling the heat just fine in the second inning, but didn’t hold back about the heat of his stadium seat.

“My butt is on fire,” he said.

Help is coming in the form of the new BDC Dome going up across the street, of course.  But meanwhile, there is no natural imperative to play day games when it’s 43 degrees Celsius.  Teams in the hotter outdoor parks need to be able to play Sunday night baseball.

BDC Posted: July 23, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: air conditioning, heat exhaustion, rangers

Monday, July 16, 2018

Texas Rangers: ‘When that happens, I’m going to be nasty again’: Why Rangers’ Joey Gallo says banning shifts would get him back on track | SportsDay

I’m a fan of Gallo but this is just lame. (Not as lame as the start of Home Run Derby but lame nonetheless.)

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2018 at 08:02 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers, shifts

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Dodgers, Rangers Brawl After Matt Kemp Runs Over Robinson Chirinos

The scuffle began when Kike Hernandez hit a base hit to the opposite field in the bottom of the third, sending Matt Kemp home for the Dodgers. But Kemp ran over Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos. 

The two nudged each other as they got up and soon Kemp pushed Chirinos who then tried throwing a punch back. The benches cleared as players tried to hold the two apart from each other.


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

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