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 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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NA-PO-LI! NA-PO-LI!

Nap’s back! According to MLB.com, 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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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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Why the Rangers need to sign Edwin Encarnación

With the Rangers’ longtime first baseman, Mitch Moreland, departing earlier in the offseason for the Boston Red Sox, Texas is left with a hole in its lineup. Moreland’s bat was average during his seven years with Texas, as he posted a .254 average with a .754 OPS and never hit more than 23 home runs in a season. Nevertheless, Moreland has headed for Fenway, and […]

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Hot Stove Week 2: Qualifying Offers and GM Meetings

The Hot Stove season started off with a flurry of activity in the first two weeks, as it does every week following the World Series. We saw new managers named to Colorado and Arizona in Bud Black and Torey Lovullo. More notably for the Rangers, we saw the official promotion of long-time Texas Assistant General Manager Thad Levine to the position of General […]

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