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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Back It Up: The State of Catching in Arlington

Rangers won’t survive having Holaday and Nicolas as their catchers — jamie (@JamieLanders10) April 26, 2016 @Friar_Faithful so why you keep trying to send him to texas. The Rangers already have enough bad catchers — Brooks⚾ (@brooksy__d) April 14, 2016   There were calls throughout the offseason for the Rangers’ brass to acquire a front-line backstop. Fans seemed to tire […]

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2016 Position Preview – Left Field

Schadenfreude. The word means pleasure derived from another person’s misfortune. In baseball, it tends to take on a much more personal level at various times during the season: star players underperforming, losses during the stretch run of the season, bone-headed game management, etc. For your Texas Rangers there are 182 opportunities to experience schadenfreude, depending on how many times they […]

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2016 Position Preview – Catcher

We continue with our position preview with the backstop. Catcher has been something of a rotating door over the years for the Rangers, seeing the likes of A.J. Pierzynski, Geovany Soto, J.P. Arencibia, Tomas Telis and others squat behind the plate since the departure of the recently-returned-and-since-departed Mike Napoli. At one point in Rangers’ lore, Jorge Alfaro was slated to be the next Texas backstop stud. Such high hopes […]

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For the Rangers to move forward, they need to move on – quickly

With teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs reeling in the big fish of free agency, the smaller dominoes are undoubtedly ready to begin falling into place – and with the return of the MLB’s annual Winter Meetings to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville Tennessee, those dominoes are likely to start falling rather quickly. However, […]

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ALDS preview: INFIELD

TEXAS RANGERS (88-74) We know what the Rangers have in the infield. There is a future MLB Hall of Famer at third in Adrian Beltre, a suddenly rejuvenated, and refocused Elvis Andrus at short, a dirt bad, hardnosed, “Dustin Pedroia-like” second baseman that goes by the name of Rougned Odor, and a sure-handed first baseman having a career year in […]

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Own Bonus Time

This isn’t the game for which we acquired Cole Hamels. Make no mistake. Those games don’t start until 2016. Anything he gets this team, this season – is a bonus. Well, it’s bonus time. This is the time for which the Rangers signed Yovani Gallardo, too – because there might come a time, in an unforeseeable future, where we needed hearts ahead […]

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Lunar Phases

The young Astros landed Monday in Arlington in first place, and coming off a gutsy ninth inning victory. They strolled in still confident, bright-eyed explorers; young and naïve to what pennant race baseball really is, the mission not quite clear. And they leave, grounded, wings held on with duct tape, sputtering rockets, and mission command looking for answers. As this […]

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Savor September

After this season, I’m done with predictions. In April, I wrote a series of articles about why this season still mattered, despite having no chance of a postseason birth. I gave four. The fifth, apparently, was to develop a taste for crow. I wrote a series in May on how to enjoy watching bad baseball. I was sure this was […]

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