Before Beltre was Beltre

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 dawned much like it’s counterpart seven years hence over the Ballpark. Warmer in terms of climate (46 degrees) but cooler in the hearts of Rangers fans. Rangers’ fans simmering spirits of October—which had ended in an unprecedented World Series appearance – albeit a loss in 5 games to the dawn of the “Even-Year Giants”—were cooling faster […]

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Dodger Blue Bye-Yu – Part 3

As the cornerstone of the Darvish trade, the Rangers got (according to Baseball America’s John Manuel) the fourth-best overall prospect traded across all teams at the deadline or leading up to it; here’s Manuel on Willie Calhoun, who immediately slots in as the Rangers #2 prospect, right behind fellow 2020 likely arrival Leody Taveras: “A deal to an American League […]

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SDI Side Notes: April 26th-On Nolan, Dominance, and the Fastest-Ever Fastballs

April 26, 1990—27 years ago today—Nolan Ryan tied Bob Feller’s major league record of 12 one-hitters as the Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0. Ryan struck out 16 batters as he allowed only Ron Kittle’s check-swing single to right field in the second inning. The most impressive game about that April 26th start against the White Sox? Nolan threw a 1-hitter, struck out 16, […]

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A Cornerstone Up the Middle

I could write a great deal about what Rougned Odor is, and what I think he’ll be. In fact, just over a year ago, I did. The title of the piece was, “Watching an All-Timer Emerge.” High praise? Yes. Did he do anything last year to make me want to hedge my bet? No. All that said, let’s get out-of-the-way […]

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