RIP: Aaron Mathews

Editors note: Aaron Mathews, the author of several “throwback” pieces here at SDI, has gone on to that great keyboard in the sky. While he will be sorely missed, SDI already has secured his replacement, one who shares a similar background with Aaron, owns many of the same skills and even looks like him a little bit. His name is […]

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BUDDY BELL: JUST THE FACTS

A few days ago, Texas Rangers Hall of Famer Buddy Bell was honored with the “Chief Bender Award,” given annually by Minor League Baseball to honor someone “with distinguished service who has been instrumental in player development.” Bell is currently an assistant GM for player development with the White Sox. He will receive the award Dec. 6 during the Winter […]

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THAT T-SHIRT!

There was quite a stink over the design of Major League Baseball’s commemorative T-shirt celebrating the Rangers AL West title. People were yelling at each other on talk radio, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and all the other available social media channels, and it even made the local TV station newscasts. All of them. I read or heard lots of discussion about […]

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Rage in the Clubhouse!

The first piece I wrote for SDI was the sad story of promising outfield prospect George Wright, who was basically hounded out of the game by mercurial Rangers manager Doug Rader. While my sympathies lie with Wright, Rader is a far more interesting story. His tenure in the Rangers clubhouse was highlighted by temper tantrums, verbal abuse, contempt for respected […]

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Relevant At Last

The circus-like 1973 debut of bonus-baby David Clyde made national news and finally got the Metroplex talking about Texas Rangers baseball, but attendance that season depended almost entirely on Clyde’s being on the mound, because the rest of the team was terrible. The best players were pitcher Jim Bibby and slugging outfielder Jeff Burroughs, each with bWAR of 4.0. The talent […]

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June 27: A Night To Remember

The Rangers’ early years were full of weirdness. You could spend an entire SDI Night listening to players from those teams telling stories that would make you laugh out loud, except you wouldn’t believe most of them. One story you definitely should believe, though, is the one about David Eugene Clyde. Full disclosure: The David Clyde saga is already familiar […]

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Boy Mayor, First Hero

In an earlier post, we looked at the end of the Washington Senators – which was also, of course, the beginning of the Texas Rangers – from the Washington fans’ point of view. So today, I thought it might be fun to look at things from the Arlington point of view. Full disclosure: This piece is not, strictly, about the […]

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So long, D.C., Hello Anthill

The Texas Rangers came to be when Washington Senators owner Robert E. Short received, after several years of trying, permission to move his franchise to Dallas-Fort Worth. Short, who owned a trucking company and had been the Democratic National Committee treasurer, had bought a majority interest in the team (outbidding Bob Hope) at the 1968 winter meetings. It was an […]

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Promise Unfulfilled

One of the saddest Rangers stories I know anything about was what happened to George Wright. In 1982, Wright was supposed to finally be the home-grown, long-term answer for the Rangers in center field. A raw but legitimate four-tool player when the Rangers drafted him out of high school in Oklahoma City, Wright spent five years in the minors and, […]

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