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Best First-Round Picks – #10

A reminder, here’s our methodology. Best First-round Picks — #10 1985 – Oddibe McDowell This is probably biased on my part. I was a five-year-old, and my earliest baseball memory was seeing a guy on a bad baseball team do something remarkable—indeed, something that had never been done before. But we’ll get to that. The Golden child Oddibe McDowell was […]

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Only In Baseball

Over the weekend, the Texas Rangers took two out of three against the Yankees in the Bronx. In reality, the Rangers probably should have won all three games, but a series win on the road against one of the surprise teams in baseball this year will always go down as a positive. Especially when that surprise team is a Yankees […]

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Worst first-round picks: Honorable Mention

Worst First-round Picks—Honorable mention 1971 (A reminder, here’s our method of ranking.) So much of the failure in this series won’t be about true failure. It’ll be about failure of timing, or failure of health—or, most often, failure of clairvoyance, which, in truth, isn’t failure at all. With the #7 overall pick in ‘71, the Senators took a high schooler named Roger […]

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For one night, you almost forgot…

The Texas Rangers went into Nationals Park on Friday and thoroughly outplayed their far-superior opponent, winning 5-2. They played so well that, for one night, you almost forgot that this team’s reality is far different from what was happening between the lines in Washington. You almost forgot that the Rangers offense has failed miserably at the worst times this season. […]

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Choo-se Your Own Adventure

If you’re reading this, then you’re most likely a Rangers fan. And if you are a Rangers fan, then I’m sure you are well aware of the swirling drain that many believe this season is circling. I do have my opinions on the path this team should take, but at fifty-nine games into the season, I’ll wait to have that […]

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Beltre day-to-day after awkward clip of first base

Adrian Beltre‘s ever-present hustle was costly Tuesday. Charging down the line on the back-end of a potential double play grounder in the first, Beltre beat the throw—for the Rangers first run of the game—but hit first base awkwardly with his troublesome left leg. Despite the injury, Beltre hung in for a few innings after the first-inning tweak.  He played through six […]

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Bring on the pain

This isn’t about pennant races, or Wild Card spots, or rebuilding years, or fire sales. This isn’t even really about this particular Rangers team, or any particular Rangers team for that matter. The Rangers won a roller-coaster against the Mets on Tuesday. They gave up long-balls, hit a couple of their own via Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, and manufactured […]

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