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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 | 7 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

Rangers re-sign Matt Bush on minor league deal

ARLINGTON, Texas—The Texas Rangers are bringing back reliever Matt Bush with a minor league contract as the right-hander recovers from elbow surgery.

Texas said Monday that it has agreed to minor league deals with Bush, pitchers Zac Curtis and Tim Dillard, and infielder Chase d’Arnaud. They will report to major league spring training.

Would that I had as many chances as Matt Bush has had….

 

QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt bush, rangers

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

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