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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rangers’ Nomar Mazara shares his life story | MLB.com

Good stuff here.

It didn’t take me long to realize I needed to learn English, too. I remember sitting in the middle of meetings during my first year in the U.S. not knowing what any of the coaches were saying. I was so lost, so I started asking my teammates for help.

Joey Gallo was my guy. I would tell him things like, “Every day, you’re going to tell me one word so I can repeat it and repeat it, over and over, so I can learn. And then the next day, you’re going to teach me another one. So like it or not, you’re going be my teacher from now on.”

Joey is still there for me, and other guys have helped me, too. Mike Napoli is like my dad. He’s always there for me. If I need anything—anything—I’m telling you, whatever I want, he’s there for me. It’s huge to have him in my life.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers

Ruben and Jon, v.5. | Texas Rangers Blog | The Newberg Report

Ruben Amaro?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2017 at 09:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Sunday, May 21, 2017

OTP 22 May 2017: George W. Bush photobombs a sports reporter

Former president George W. Bush attended a Texas Rangers baseball game Wednesday evening, and happened to be heading to his seat with drink in hand right when sideline reporter Emily Jones was live on TV.

So Bush did what any normal person would do — seize the opportunity to be on TV and make a funny face.

Mark my words, the Donald will be doing this a couple of decades from now, and we’ll all be nostalgic for the innocent, rosy days of 2017.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

BDC Posted: May 21, 2017 at 08:10 PM | 1730 comment(s)
  Beats: journalism, politics, rangers, television

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Cole Hamels Reportedly Will Miss 8 Weeks with Oblique Injury

The struggling Texas Rangers have been dealt another blow with Cole Hamels reportedly expected to miss eight weeks due to an oblique injury.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 03:55 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, rangers

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Bregman apologizes for Tweet about Rangers

Astros third baseman Alex Bregman apologized Monday night for sending out a tweet prior to the start the Lone Star Series that served as bulletin-board material in the Rangers clubhouse before Monday’s game, which the Astros won, 6-2.

The tweet said “opperation (sic) BTSOOTR”

“I made a rookie mistake,” said Bregman, who went 1-for-3 with a run scored. “I shouldn’t have tweeted that out. It was more of just trying to fire up our team. I shouldn’t have put it on social media at all. They have a great team over there. I didn’t mean to offend anybody over there.

“As you can see, it’s a fun game any time you play them. They had our number last year. This year is a new year. Just a rookie mistake. I didn’t mean to offend anybody over there. It was more of just trying to motivate our team. Poorly-worded, obviously. I misspelled a word—another rookie mistake there.”

The Rangers noticed.

“Somebody get the guy a dictionary,” pitcher Keone Kela said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 11:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, astros, bulletin board, rangers, social media

Monday, May 01, 2017

Jon Daniels on why Rangers demoted Jurickson Profar to Triple-A

In the space of a week, Jurickson Profar has gone from losing a role to losing a job.

Before the start of their 5-2 loss to Los Angeles Sunday, the Rangers claimed infielder Pete Kozma off waivers from the New York Yankees, then sent Profar to Triple-A Round Rock after the game. Kozma, 29, is a middle infielder and dyed-in-the wool bench guy. The Rangers still believe Profar’s ceiling is higher than that, so they are sending him to play every day.

“The way the rotation is in left field and the infield right now, with the lack of regular playing time, we felt the time was better spent at Triple-A playing every day,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “We believe he’s capable of more, but he’s just not going to get better sitting on the bench. We’d prefer to get him going and for him to get hot and be ready when we have a need.”

Profar’s role had been reduced to bench guy earlier in the week when he lost playing time to Ryan Rua and Delino DeShields.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: jon daniels, jurickson profar, peter kozma, rangers

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Rangers’ Joey Gallo hits hardest homer of 2017 | MLB.com

He doesn’t get cheated.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2017 at 09:06 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Friday, April 21, 2017

Rangers release Josh Hamilton following another knee injury

It appears the baseball career of Josh Hamilton is, once and for all, done.
Hamilton, rehabbing from a left knee surgery, injured his right knee during rehab and will undergo surgery to repair it. The Rangers on Friday released him from his minor league contract.
Hamilton did not say he definitively planned to retire, but the reality is he will be a free agent at the end of this year, 36 years old and without a major league at-bat for two full seasons.
“I am disappointed but not discouraged that my knee problems have not allowed me to play this season,” Hamilton said in a statement. “I plan to have surgery on my right knee and then evaluate the situation. I want to thank the Rangers and all of the great fans for the support and encouragement. I really appreciate it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2017 at 03:58 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Q&A: Daniels on meteoric rise with Rangers

A lot of good stuff in this one.

MLB.com: You let Josh Hamilton leave as a free agent and traded both Mark Teixeira and Michael Young, all three very popular players. Is it difficult—yet necessary—in your job to not let emotion get in the way of making what you feel is the right baseball move?

Daniels: Absolutely. Anybody would agree with that; every team would have to agree with that. It is hard, man, especially when you’ve had success as a group and you want to keep the team together. John Hart always used to say, “Don’t let a star fall on you.” The most dangerous thing that can happen in the game from an organization standpoint long-term is you get old and you get expensive. You lose the flexibility to do the things that you want to accomplish. You make some of those tough calls.

Sometimes you let it play out like with Josh. We weren’t going to trade Josh, because every year we felt we had a chance to win that year. His value was to play for us. Teixeira, the team wasn’t ready yet, so we traded him. Nellie Cruz was a unique situation coming off the whole Biogenesis deal; we missed on that. He’s been a better player the last four years.
Sometimes they work out, sometimes not. As much as you love these guys and have all these great, shared experiences, the risk of signing everybody is we’re all human, we all get older and our bodies break down. The club can’t win that way.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2017 at 02:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, jon daniels, rangers

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Complete Reinvention of Elvis Andrus | FanGraphs Baseball

These days everyone’s looking for new-age-y Statcast evidence, so I can tell you this much: In 2015, Andrus ranked in the 36th percentile in average exit velocity. That, obviously, combines his first three months and his last three months. In 2016, Andrus ranked in the 56th percentile in average exit velocity. He was right there tied with Jose Altuve, Mike Napoli, and Aledmys Diaz, so there’s enough strength there to be threatening. Andrus is never going to top any of these Statcast leaderboards, but you don’t need to be particularly strong to justify a more air-based approach. There has to be a cutoff somewhere, maybe around the Ben Revere level, but Andrus is above it, a better hitter than ever because he’s trying to muscle up.

For all I know, Andrus is still improving. Relatively speaking, this adjusted approach is fairly new to him. Maybe he’s still getting accustomed to the ins and outs of being a hitter worth worrying about. Yet if Andrus is simply what he is, it’s still been a remarkable surge, and the planned reinvention has been a runaway success. Andrus isn’t just an acceptable hitter for a shortstop. He’s an acceptable hitter, period. And that still undersells him. He’s a better hitter now than most other hitters.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2017 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: elvis andrus, rangers

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Angels rally for another late victory

In the aftermath of the Angels’ previous mind-boggling comeback victory, Cliff Pennington suggested that it could carry over. The next time they’re a few downs run, he said, they’ll be confident they can win.
His theory was proven correct in the very next game.

The Angels scored three runs in the ninth and the winner on Carlos Perez’s safety squeeze in the 10th, beating the Texas Rangers, 6-5, on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.

On the heels of Sunday’s seven-run rally to win in the ninth, the Angels became the first team since the 1971 Detroit Tigers to win back-to-back games when trailing by at least three in the ninth.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 12, 2017 at 10:28 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, awesome sauce, rangers

Sunday, April 09, 2017

OTP 10 April 2017: More sports teams want in on 50-50 raffles

[Texas] lawmakers in 2015 approved a plan to let 10 professional sports teams in Texas hold … 50-50 raffles during sporting events, and voters also approved the plan.

[Team] officials said they were “very pleased” with the support they saw from Rangers fans during the first year of the Texas Two Split.

“We were able to raise significant funds to support Rangers Foundation programs, including the construction of the new Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, presented by Toyota, as well as to support community initiatives like the Line of Duty Fund that supported the families of the Fallen Officers from July’s tragedy in Dallas,” said Karin Morris, executive director of the foundation.

I am never sure how much good these multiple layers of foundations and sponsored projects do for anybody.  And I’m not fond of that much vigorish.  But some aren’t as choosy, because even on a weeknight the Rangers tend to take in $15-$18K in this raffle, or about a dollar for every fan in the park. What does the BBTF collective think of 50-50 raffles, as public policy?

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

BDC Posted: April 09, 2017 at 08:34 PM | 1484 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, gambling, politics, rangers

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Joey Gallo’s monster homer gave a faraway Rangers fan an unexpected souvenir | MLB.com

This is a home run.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Report: Rangers demoted Keone Kela because of a clubhouse incident

On Friday, Rangers’ right-hander Keone Kela was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock to start the season. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the demotion wasn’t because of roster overcrowding or poor performance during camp. Instead, it appeared to stem from an undisclosed incident during one of the Rangers’ “B” games on Wednesday.

Rosenthal’s sources said that Kela exhibited less-than-acceptable behavior during the game, which provoked “a series of heated discussions” among veteran players on the team. The team has not elaborated on the events that led to Kela’s demotion, nor have they released a timetable during which the reliever will return to the major league roster. They did, however, mention that the incident has no bearing on the right-hander’s trade value should interested teams make any offers this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 01, 2017 at 07:21 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: keone kela, rangers

Thursday, March 30, 2017

How two horses helped the Rangers seal a 6-year deal with Rougned Odor ... no, seriously

It may have taken a dog-and-pony show, but the Rangers have their second baseman of the future officially locked up.
Scratch that. It just took ponies.
Rougned Odor has signed a six-year contract extension, the club announced Thursday.
And according to SportsDay’s Evan Grant, a pair of horses helped the Rangers seal the deal with Odor.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2017 at 04:50 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, rougned odor

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gammons: Daniel Bard Is Willing To Endure The Frustration

The Cardinals last spring signed Bard to a two year deal which his agent Mike Milchin thought would give the organization time to see if they could ground him. His initial numbers with Palm Beach in the Florida State League (3 3 8 9 13 1) were not successful, but Director of Player Development Gary LaRocque and his minor league pitching staff decided to have him try a lower arm slot.

“In some ways, it’s a lot like what Andrew did—simply everything,” says Bard. In 2012, when struggling with his delivery, Miller, with the help of pitching coach Bob McClure, tried a delivery that was part slidestep, part of fire-the-ball-at-the-backyard wall step and fire.” Which, as we saw in October, helped him develop into one of the best relievers in the game.

Bard now just loads and fires from his low ¾ slot. On this video, shot by Woodard, one can see him registering 96 on the radar gun.

I’d love to see him return to his top form. Maybe not with the Cardinals…

villageidiom Posted: March 26, 2017 at 05:01 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, comebacks, control issues, cubs, daniel bard, pirates, rangers, red sox

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sources: Rougned Odor expected to sign multi-year extension with Rangers

Two MLB sources said the Rangers were growing increasingly optimistic they would complete a contract extension for Odor before the end of spring training. The expected six-year deal in the $50-52 million range may only be lacking formalities. It comes on the heels of a much smaller deal for Chirinos, who signed a one-year extension with a club option earlier in the week.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, citing his long-held policy of not commenting on contract negotiations, declined to comment. Daniels has maintained the Rangers are in contact with the agents for a number of their players on conversations about the future.
Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the six-year extension for Odor would total $49.5 million with an option for a seventh year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2017 at 12:09 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, roughned odor

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pay attention to Rangers catching prospect Jose Trevino - Minor League Ball

How do their shoe sizes compare?

Further offensive development is not impossible at all. The parallel that comes to mind is Yadier Molina, who like Trevino was a defensive specialist without a strong bat at first, but who maintained low strikeout rates as he moved up, got a major league job with his defense, and eventually developed as a hitter.

They even have the same height/weight data, both 5-11; Trevino is at 195 and Molina is 205 pounds, but when Molina was Trevino’s age he was also 195 pounds. Molina did have an age advantage in his profile; he was already in the majors at 23, though he hit just .216/.274/.321 (.595 OPS) that year.

But funny enough, the ZIPS projection for Trevino if he were promoted to the majors this year is .229/.260/.341, .601 OPS, which is almost exactly the same as Molina at the same age.

Hmm. . .

That doesn’t mean Trevino will turn out as well as Molina did, but there are parallels, enough that we cannot dismiss the idea that he will hit eventually.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex trevino, prospects, rangers

Monday, March 06, 2017

Engel: Rangers insulting Elvis Andrus with batting slot

Elvis Andrus should not be some bottom-two hitter.

It borders on insulting and demeaning.

Move him up. Elvis is good with it, and so is Daniels, who says the lineup is entirely up to the discretion of manager Jeff Banister.

The slots Andrus called home last season are for a defensive catcher or infielder. It’s not for a two-time All-Star shortstop whose price tag is $15 million per year. No “defense only” shortstop makes that much.

Andrus batted mostly 7th and 8th last season because he’d been terrible the two seasons before.  And moving him to 1st or 2nd because he makes $15M and deserves respect is not much of an argument.

That said, Engel has a point: in 2016 Andrus posted not only the best OBP of his career, but the best on the ballclub.  They might want to get him more plate appearances.

BDC Posted: March 06, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: on-base percentage, rangers

Is time running out for Texas’ top talents?

“Don’t hold it against these players,” Daniels said. “That’s on us. We promoted them aggressively because they were advanced in a lot of ways, and when you get to Triple-A at age 19 or 20 years old and reach the big leagues at 20 or 21, that’s unusual. The guys that hit and perform immediately are on the fast track to the Hall of Fame discussion.

“We’ve asked these guys to play out of position and in less-than-everyday roles, and that’s a challenge. The talent and the instincts haven’t gone anywhere.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 06:54 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, jurickson profar, rangers

Friday, March 03, 2017

Texas Rangers: The Rangers are creating an advantage over every team in baseball—and they’re doing it in the kitchen | SportsDay

We take you now to a moist, crisp spot at the very front of the Rangers battle to create a competitive edge on the field.
It is called: “The produce aisle.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2017 at 10:45 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mike Napoli, other MLB sluggers struggle in free agency | SI.com

Ben Reiter has some idea.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2017 at 07:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, rangers

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hamilton has left knee surgery, out 2-3 months

Hurt again.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 27, 2017 at 05:59 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: josh hamilton, rangers

Friday, February 17, 2017


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