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Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Top slugging prospect Gallo hits inside-the-park home run | MLB.com

As the proud owner of Joey Gallo in my main fantasy league, this article’s videos get me all misty eyed. Get the tissues out Rangers fans!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2015 at 11:11 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bruce Chen Announces Retirement

“Today, I would like to announce my retirement.  For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate”

Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: May 19, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, bruce chen, expos, indians, mets, orioles, phillies, rangers, red sox, reds

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Adrian Beltre blasts 400th home run of career

I know 400 isn’t a huge milestone any more, but it’s a number where if the player was good at other things you go “oh that guy could hit some home runs, too.”

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 17, 2015 at 10:35 PM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Josh Hamilton of Texas Rangers—Los Angeles Angels front office prevented me from talking to owner Arte Moreno

Actually, Josh, there is one person responsible for you…you.

“When you haven’t been yourself for a while, it’s not that easy to just flip back over and do it every time,” said Hamilton, who was 4-of-19 with two RBIs in Round Rock. “You need people around you that can remind you and help get you back to where you need to be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 10:56 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ROCKIES ANNOUNCERS TAKE TIME OUT OF THEIR BROADCAST TO SHAME JOSH HAMILTON

During Wednesday night’s Rockies-Angels game, Colorado’s Root Sports Rocky Mountain broadcast crew of Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson provided even more of those hot takes, dressing Hamilton down for not thanking the Angels for paying him tens of millions of dollars *and* for not apologizing to Angels fans for… not playing well? ...

Here’s a transcript of their comments.

“Howie Kendrick is gone. You can focus on that certainly. Also, the whole Josh Hamilton situation. A lot of guys around this club have said that they haven’t fully reconciled what went down in their minds. And a lot of players, not just at the top with Arte Moreno, are upset with Josh Hamilton that he never publicly thanked the Angels for paying him a ton of money. And he obviously didn’t hold up his end up the bargain, I understand he has demons, but he never publicly acknowledged his teammates or the Angels organization at all.”
 
“And the Angels are still on the hook for about $71 million of the $80 million still owed to him. So yeah, if you want to thank anybody, that’s who you should be thanking.”

“It became more about the Rangers bringing him back, and I don’t know if Josh Hamilton didn’t think it through or got poor advice, but in his situation, in my opinion, you need to spend some time apologizing to the Angels fans, to his teammates, and thanking the organization for what they ended up doing, not only initially, but sending him back to Texas”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 03:33 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, announcing, drug abuse, drugs, josh hamilton, rangers, rockies

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Elvis Andrus Stalks The Most Dangerous Game: Adrian Beltre

Funny.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 12:05 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, elvis andrus, rangers

Why muttering profanity is part of pitching routine for Rangers’ Keone Kela | | Dallas Morning News

I’d post what he says but the nanny wouldn’t like it.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: keone kela, rangers

Why Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor is headed to the minor leagues | | Dallas Morning News

I can see how this could be a problem.

Odor has seen 399 pitches this year, according to Brooksbaseball.net, 254 of them are outside the zone. He’s put swings on 90 of those pitches. Most troublesome is that he’s missed on 36 of those swings, a rate of 40 percent.

It’s one thing to be a bad ball hitter or a free swinger. But if you are going to do that, you have to make more contact. Both his swing rate on pitches outside the zone and his swing-and-miss rate on pitches on pitches outside the zone are up significantly from last year. He has swung at 35 percent of those pitches and, as mentioned, whiffed on them 40 percent of the time. A year ago, he put swings on 24 percent of the pitches outside the zone and whiffed only 23.5 percent of the time on those pitches.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, rougned odor

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hamilton Starts Rehab in Triple-A After ‘Long, Ugly Process’ - NYTimes.com

“It’s really a small miracle that I got back here because it was a whole, big, long, ugly process,” Hamilton said. “I feel like the Lord had his hand on it to get me back here. I feel like I’m in the place I’m supposed to be in now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 06:11 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Rangers release former first-round pick after DWI arrest

Left-hander Kevin Matthews, the Rangers’ first-round draft pick in 2011, was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired on Wednesday morning and today the team released him.

Matthews had been pitching at Single-A in his fourth pro season and had already lost whatever prospect status he had due to injuries and poor performances.

Drafted 33rd overall, he has a 4.56 ERA with 124 strikeouts and 110 walks in 132 pro innings

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 03:24 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dui, kevin matthews, police blotter, rangers

Monday, May 04, 2015

PBA.com: John Burkett Looking Forward to Career as PBA50 Tour Player

Burkett, an accomplished bowler for most of his life, is not a stranger to bowling in PBA competition, having bowled in a handful of Tour events since making his debut in 1990 in Pinole, Calif. He also competed in several regionals along the way, and most recently, he competed in PBA’s 2014 Oklahoma’s Grand Resort Summer Swing and the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI as part of the process to get ready for PBA50 competition.

On April 12 he will join a field of approximately 120 players 50 years of age and older in the Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla.

George Plimpton observed that the smaller the ball, the better the writing about a sport.  There is no great literature of bowling, but maybe this thread can be a start.

BDC Posted: May 04, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: bowling, braves, giants, marlins, rangers, red sox

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hamilton owes Angels an apology after relapse, subsequent trade

Heyman is taking over as editor of Halos Heaven.

It’s to the point where Hamilton is so convincing he doesn’t even have to try. And he hasn’t been trying.

In his Texas press conference, Hamilton never once took responsibility for causing the Angels a lot of heartache. Instead, what he said was Moreno should have known better. That strikes me as a very different message than the one he gave him when selling him on the $125 million deal, which is among the all-time worst from a team perspective.

Hamilton shouldn’t take big hits for his limp performance (31 home runs in two seasons in California). But it was more than a bit weird that the onetime 240-pound star showed up at his first Angels camp weighing 212 pounds. Maybe he was simply saddened to leave Texas, as others around the Angels say he seemed glum a lot of the time. Maybe he was homesick.

Whatever, he wasn’t the same player, almost from the moment he got to Orange County and donned Angels red. There once was an big Angels free agent, Lyman Bostock, so upset not to be living up to a big free-agent deal that he apologized and offered to give back part of the money.

Of course, people are different, times have changed and apologies are neither required nor expected for underperformance. But Hamilton created this year’s mess with his actions. When he relapsed, he might have shown more remorse. Or at least some.

Angels people suggested two things to Hamilton after the star admitted to the relapse. One was that he consider checking into rehab. The other was that he call Moreno to apologize.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, drugs, hot takes, jon heyman, josh hamilton, rangers

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dallas Observer: The 2015 Texas Rangers At-Bat Songs, Ranked

What has happened to music?

Well, anyways, we figured it might be fun to rank the Rangers’ batter ditties—known to commoners as “walk-up songs” or “at-bat songs”—and I’ll tell you what, most of them are bad and the Texas Rangers have bad taste in music. It’s mostly contemporary pop hits, reggaeton or otherwise. However there are a few gems in Metallica, gritty Daddy Yankee and an Al Green song, which almost wash away the sins of Christian rock, Chris Brown and Tyga. Almost.

Greg Franklin Posted: April 28, 2015 at 12:58 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: music, rangers

Rangers have support system in place to help Josh Hamilton; How it will work | Dallas Morning News

Although the Angels should have worked to give Hamilton as much support as they could, I can’t buy into the idea it was some type of moral responsibility for them. Hamilton’s sobriety was his responsibility. As such it was on him (and his representation) to make sure he had the support system he needed. I hope, for Hamilton’s sake, that his sobriety isn’t dependent on the Rangers because, no matter how well his battle goes while he is a Ranger, he’ll have a lot of life left to live when his playing days are over.

With Hamilton, an addict going through divorce, there are significant hurdles that must be cleared. The Rangers will once again put a support system in place for Hamilton. It is perhaps something that was lacking during his two-season stint with Los Angeles, which effectively ended when Hamilton self-reported a relapse in his substance-abuse battle this winter.

“Between my last relapse in 2012 and this last one, a lot of my support system was removed and other pieces added, not all by my doing,” Hamilton said. “I’m taking it back to 2012 and to pre-2012 to the support system that I want to have and that I feel is the best for me. I’ve put all those pieces back in place to help me not drink, use drugs and be the guy I want to be for the organization and for my family. I’ve tweaked my support system. It’s better.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2015 at 11:27 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamiltion, rangers

Bill Plaschke: Angels drop the ball in dumping Josh Hamilton - LA Times

I wonder how much other players with drug problems will be impacted by this whole mess.

“I worked my butt off to be that guy this year going into this season with the Angels,’’ Hamilton said Monday. “They just didn’t want that to happen for some reason.’‘

You think?

Hamilton also challenge Moreno’s assertion that he was not accountable, saying, “I have no clue what he’s talking about. I showed up every day and played hard when I was there.’‘

He added: “[Moreno] knew what the deal was when he signed me. Hands down, he knew what he was getting. He knew what the risks were. He knew all those things.’‘

Moreno made his bed, and then he dumped it when the sheets became itchy, and if that doesn’t scare away prospective Angels free-agent prospects, nothing will.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Monday, April 27, 2015

Fraley: Baseball history has plenty examples of why Josh Hamilton reunion won’t be as fruitful as before | Dallas Morning News

Gerry Fraley doesn’t believe in the Josh Hamilton acquisition.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 10:44 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: josh hamilton, rangers

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Source: Angels close to trading Josh Hamilton to Rangers | FOX Sports

This sounds workable.

Sources said Friday evening that the Angels and Rangers had yet to agree on all terms of the deal, meaning it could be several days before the full matter is resolved. But under the deal’s general parameters as of Friday, the Rangers will not send any players to the Angels, and the Rangers will take on less than $15 million in financial obligations to Hamilton. He is owed $83 million over the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons.

One key element of the trade is that Hamilton will relinquish some money to the Angels that had been due to him. Traditionally, the Major League Baseball Players Association has prevented proposed agreements under which players give up financial benefits in their guaranteed contracts. However, in this case the MLBPA apparently views playing in a state (Texas) with no state income tax as a benefit unto itself.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DallasNews: Why the Rangers should trade for Josh Hamilton

Alienated enough of their dwindling fan base yet?

It’s not out of the question. It’s not crazy. Certain aspects of a Hamilton-back-to-Texas deal make a lot of sense.

I feel like Hamilton would be on the field enough, motivated enough that he would bring some punch to this team. And he would at least provide entertainment. That’s more than you can expect from most of this current Rangers’ outfield.

Why should they trade for him?  Apparently Tim Cowlinshaw thinks the Rangers haven’t alienated enough of their dwindling fan base yet.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rise to top a family affair for Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant, Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo | MiLB.com

Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo have more in common than their prodigious power.

“The biggest piece of advice, especially as a kid, is just to enjoy it,” Gallo said. “I know it’s cliché, but just to have fun. Growing up—when you start getting that pressure that you’re going to get drafted and colleges—you kind of lose the fun in the game and why you played it in the first place. I’ve gotten it back now and I really enjoy playing it. But in high school, it was tough having scouts at every game. I think that’s one of the main things that I’d even tell young kids that are growing up right now—just have fun. Enjoy it and never take it for granted. I wish I could go back and play with some of my friends from high school again and play with Bryce Harper on the same team. We never really knew how special it was until it was over, until right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2015 at 02:13 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joey gallo, kris bryant, rangers

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Rangers’ Holland, Choo, Rua injured vs. Astros

Derek Holland never looked right on the mound for the Texas Rangers in their home opener. Now he won’t be back there for at least six weeks—and maybe more.

Outfielders Shin-Soo Choo (back spasms) and Ryan Rua (sprained right ankle) also made early exits because of injuries. Choo was feeling better afterward, but Rua had a protective boot on his foot and could be headed to the disabled list.

Tuque Posted: April 11, 2015 at 04:30 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, injury, rangers, texas, texas rangers

Derek Holland could miss two months with shoulder injury

The last thing the Texas Rangers needed was another injury in their starting rotation. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the hand they were dealt on Friday when left-hander Derek Holland exited the home opener against the Houston Astros with tightness in his left shoulder.

The diagnosis: A subscapular strain, which according to the Rangers means that Holland will be shut down completely for the next 4-6 weeks and may not be available again until late June or early July.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 11, 2015 at 01:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: derek holland, rangers

Friday, April 10, 2015

The tragic extent of Monique and Milton Bradley’s violent relationship

Victim said her husband grabbed her right hand and pushed her hand against her mouth, causing her to hit herself…. Victim said her husband grabbed her cellphone from a bedroom table and threw it towards the wall. Victim said her cellphone broke into several parts…. Victim said she followed him into the hallway. Victim said her husband turned around and used his right forearm and pushed her against the wall. Victim stated his forearm was against her throat and she was having a difficult time breathing…. Victim said her husband went around the house and picked up all the cellphones, house phones, her car keys and credit cards and left.

MIKE SNAKENBORG: She was upset and crying…. She indicated to me that she was pregnant…. She had a small cut on the inside of her lip that was bleeding.5

MILTON BRADLEY: She had a busted lip…. She was threatening, “Oh, I’m going to call the police” ... and I’m like, “I’m not staying here because I didn’t do nothing.”

HARLAND BRAUN: Did you ever throw the phone at a wall or anything like that?

MILTON BRADLEY: I never threw the phone.5

MICHELLE LIM: Has [Mr. Bradley prevented you from calling the police] in the past?

MONIQUE BRADLEY: He’ll take my cellphone and the house phones, and when he doesn’t do that he says, “Call the police. You’ll be dead by the time they get here anyway.“5

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office ... declined to press charges in the July 11 incident because of “insufficient evidence.” [Prosecutors’ documents] read: “Victim was interviewed a [second] time and changed her stories.” —L.A. Times

MICHELLE LIM: What kind of things would he yell at you?

MONIQUE BRADLEY: Tell me I was stupid, I was a #####, a whore, slut, idiot.5

Milton Bradley is the Dodgers’ nominee for this year’s Roberto Clemente Award ... which recognizes the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship and community involvement, and the individual’s contribution to his team. —Dodgers.com


Thursday, April 09, 2015

Prince Fielder does squats with teammate Rougned Odor on his back

Rangers’ second baseman Rougned Odor plays the role of the willing participant during the workout. Odor is listed at 190 pounds, according to Baseball-Reference.com. Personally, we think Fielder can handle more than that, but he doesn’t have to prove anything to us.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 09, 2015 at 03:46 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: it gets better, prince fielder, rangers, rougned odor

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