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Improving Pace of Play: MLB Looking for Time in All the Wrong Places

This is not a rebuttal to Leddy Foster’s excellent article on the MLB’s changes to the intentional base on balls (take a gander at this before reading further.)  I agree with my man Leddy.  It’s more of a companion piece.  I’ve long been a proponent of baseball improving the pace and duration of games.  The MLB’s current sentiment and motivation are coming from the right […]

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SDI Side Notes – February 21

1969 – In his return to baseball, three years after being inducted into Cooperstown and nine after his historic last-at-bat home run, Ted Williams agrees to manage the Washington Senators. Some of the best stories from Ted Williams’ time as Rangers manager can be found in Mike Shropshire’s brilliant book Seasons in Hell, about those early Rangers teams. But my favorite was […]

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SDI Side Notes – February 10

SDI Side Notes – February 10 1920-The spitball, shineball, and emeryball are outlawed by the American and National League Joint Rules Committee. Seventeen pitchers, including Burleigh Grimes—the last player to legally throw a doctored pitch—can keep throwing pitches until they retire. Rick Vaughn: [Seeing Harris take off his shirt, revealing white stuff on his chest] “What’s that s**t on your […]

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Chatting with the Voice of the Ballpark

An Interview with The Voice of The Ballpark, Chuck Morgan Rangers Executive Vice President, Ballpark Entertainment & Productions – the great Chuck Morgan – answered some of SDI’s most frequently asked questions about music and entertainment at the Ballpark: What’s the origin of Cotton-Eyed Joe in the 7th-inning stretch? I wish I knew the exact origin of the Cotton-Eyed Joe at Rangers games, but […]

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SDI Side Notes – February 8

This is the debut of a new feature at SDI. Every day or so, we’ll feature an interesting piece about baseball or Rangers history. Some of the feedback we’ve gotten is that people want more frequent content in more digestible bites. This is just the first of many ways we’ll answer that. 1956- former A’s Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack dies at age […]

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Nap’s back! According to, the Texas Rangers and Mike Napoli have agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical. Details and terms were not immediately available. Who is Napoli?  Few are the Texas Rangers fans who don’t know who Nap is, and those who don’t are poorer for it. This is his third stint with the Rangers. He’s shown an […]

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A pair apart

 “He led America by example. He reminded our people of what was right and he reminded them of what was wrong. I think it can be safely said today that Jackie Robinson made the United States a better nation.” – former American League President Gene Budig, on Jackie Robinson’s legacy “He gave the term ‘complete’ a new meaning. He made […]

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David Rollins, Brady Dragmire, and the Carousel That Never Ends

Off-season waiver claims rarely matter. Sure, there’s a Shawn Tolleson every now and then. But for the most part the guys we’re talking about here are the guys no one really knows and no one really will know. For instance, last off-season the Rangers claimed only Andy Wilkins. They lost through waivers Lisalverto Bonilla and Wilkins. In the 2014-15 off-season, […]

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