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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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Rivalries and respect

Fans don’t boo nobodies. – Reggie Jackson “I hate Houston.” I can’t recall how many times I’ve said that in my life as a Dallas sports fan. I can’t recall how many times I’ve made fun of mosquitoes as big as airplanes, or said something about their city literally stinking (as if I’d never been in the Trinity basin). I […]

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A deal at The Crossroads

“Yes. We spoke and educated three or four players there. Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez. I injected them. Absolutely.” – Jose Canseco, 60 Minutes, August 7, 2005 The above story may have never taken place. Rafael, sadly, has lost the credibility to deny anything. He infamously made an unequivocal denial before Congress, then tested positive.* Juan’s never bothered to […]

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Into the West

“He might be the best catcher I’ve ever seen. He could retire right now and go into the Hall of Fame. Johnny Bench had more power, but Bench never had this guy’s quickness.” – Blue Jays manager Jim Fregosi, on Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez after the 1999 season “He was the complete catcher, incredibly durable and intimidating behind the plate but […]

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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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Best First-Round Picks – #8

A reminder, here’s our methodology. Best First-round Picks — #8 1981 – Ron Darling Everyone has that girl (or guy—but I can’t keep changing pronouns, so I’m going with that girl, and just saying I believe you can be and love anyone who fulfills you. So anyways.). Anyways, everyone has that girl. Probably the first one. The one that you […]

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Worst First-Round Picks – #8

A reminder, here’s our methodology. Worst First-Round Picks — #8 2005 – John Mayberry, Jr. This week, we celebrate the 241st birthday of a nation founded on the backs of fathers and mothers, sons and daughters. We celebrate the strength of that nation, built, as with all great nations, on the proverbial shoulders of those founding fathers and mothers who […]

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