First off, Break Up The Rangers!
The trip to the northeast coast that usually serves as a treacherous part of a team’s schedule has seen the Rangers win the latter two of a three game sit in Boston with the Red Sox, and have now taken the first two of three in the Big Apple against the rival Yankees.
If you play MLB The Show Franchise Mode and bother to check your inbox feature, you’re aware that each organization hands out Minor League Player Awards at the end of each month. The video game format is a little loose, but as for the reality we live in, the Texas Rangers recently handed out four different awards.
Josh Hamilton has a bad reputation.
A reputation that you thought couldn’t get any worse than the one that had blossomed in Texas in 2012. Well, now it’s worse in Los Angeles in 2015.
In the first inning of last night’s series opener against the San Antonio Missions, the RoughRiders exploded for a five run first inning. Back to back RBI triples from Nomar Mazara and Jorge Alfaro sparked the big inning. Missions starter Zach Segovia had previously put together five innings of run-less baseball in 2015. The Riders jumped out 7-2 but a grand slam for Padres prospect Jason Hagerty in the 6th inning cut a the lead down to 7-6 and it was soon tied.
Chad Bell has started a game in Frisco before as a member of the RoughRiders, it’s just been a while. Almost three years, in fact. Before being promoted to AAA Round Rock, the then-22 year old southpaw threw four innings on June 16, 2012. He wasn’t stellar, giving up three runs while striking out two to three walks in an abbreviated outing.
In one of my favorite movies there’s a scene at the beginning where the good guy reveals his name.
One of the antagonists hears him out, and then says…
2015 Major League Baseball Opening Day has come and gone. The Red Sox hit five homers, the Astros beat a Cy Young Award Winner, the new looking Padres lost to the also new looking Los Angeles Dodgers and hey, Mike Trout homered and Felix Hernandez was dominant.
Our pals over at GameSided used the amazing MLB The Show video game to create a simulation for the 2015 Major League Baseball season.
As an avid baseball fan and The Show gamer –just like the author of this post– this idea is intriguing, entertaining and a whole lot of fun. It’s also…a video game. Stay tuned for reminders of that in the form of a Clayton Kershaw trade.
In sports, you want to win.
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No, seriously. In sports, the goal is to be the last team standing. As the saying goes, “If you’re not in first, you’re in last.” This statement is untrue in so, so many ways.
Texas Rangers starting second baseman Rougned Odor exited today’s game with a bruised left shin. It appears to be a minor injury but *knock* you never know *on wood* with this team.
Since the Rangers made that curious swap with Oakland in December 2013 of Craig Gentry for Michael Choice, there were high hopes for the Mansfield High School and University of Texas at Arlington product.
The Texas Rangers regular season kicks off on April 6th in Oakland, California against their rival and American League West companion Oakland Athletics.
With Yu Darvish likely headed toward a season-ending Tommy John surgery, the call for Opening Day is currently up for grabs for the Rangers.
This was originally going to be an “Expectations” rather than an “Underdog” piece but then elbow soreness for Yu Darvish turned out to be oh so bad and oh so 2015 season missing.
As I sit here watching the very first nationally televised Spring Training game of the 2015 Major League Baseball season –the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Toronto Blue Jays– it has me excited on so many levels.
One level of that excitement is my adoration and obsession with the “next wave,” if you will.
This isn’t about Jurickson Profar's limitless potential as an everyday shortstop for the Texas Rangers. That’s a whole ‘nother sad, sad situation entirely.
This is about Jon Daniels not trading Profar for David Price.