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4 Texas Rangers Make All Star Team

Michael Young is going back for the 5th straight year.  Josh Hamilton will start in center.  Milton Bradley will start at DH.  Ian Kinsler will make his first trip as a reserve second baseman.

Here’s more a more indepth take about their All Star selection and why players think more of the Rangers fantastic four than baseball fans.  This is from Jamey Newberg of www.newbergreport.com.

The Rangers will be represented by four players in the All-Star Game: Josh
Hamilton — the only one voted in as a starter — and Ian Kinsler, Michael
Young, and Milton Bradley, each of whom led the player vote.  Notably, it’s
the first time the Rangers will have four position players go.

The significant thing about the player vote with regard to Kinsler, Young,
and Bradley is that they actually received more votes from their peers than
the players who will start received.  Kinsler earned 389 player votes,
Dustin Pedroia 215; Young 470, Derek Jeter 463; Bradley 481, nobody else
listed.

Stated another way, if the players voted for the lineups rather than the
fans, Texas would have four players in the starting nine.

Manager Terry Francona has already said that Bradley will start at DH in
place of the injured David Ortiz. 

It’s the first All-Star Game for all but Young, who will make his fifth
straight trip.
 

Hamilton outdistanced Manny Ramirez late to end up with the lead in the
outfielders’ vote, and only Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter received more
votes than Hamilton among American League players.

As for Kinsler, he finished a very slim 34,243 votes behind Pedroia.
Kinsler received 98.6 percent as many fan votes as Pedroia. 

Rangers medical director and head trainer Jamie Reed will go to the All-Star
Game as well.  It will be his second appearance.

Jamey

www.newdawg.com

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Sidney Ponson Faces Rangers Today

Sir Drink A Lot, Sidney Ponson, pitches for the Yankees tonight against the Texas Rangers.

Ponson was told to leave town after being a first class jerk according to Rangers GM Jon Daniels.  Now he takes the ball tonight against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

This is from the the New York Daily News:

Less than a month after being cut by Texas, Sidney Ponson will have a chance to get a little payback Wednesday, when he takes the mound against the Rangers.

Although Ponson didn’t speak to New York media Tuesday – claiming that he doesn’t talk the day before he pitches – he did offer these comments to the Dallas Morning News:

“Look, they are just another team,” Ponson said. “I’ve got to try to get them out, and they are going to try to beat my brains in. I have no problem. If there is any problem, it’s for (Rangers GM) Jon Daniels or (Rangers manager) Ron Washington to answer. I’m not going to sit here and talk about what happened in Texas. That’s the past.”

I hope the Rangers light him up tonight.

A No Hitter For Rangers Minor Leaguer

For the second time this year a Texas Rangers minor league pitcher has thrown a no hitter.

Dustin Nippert threw a seven-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Oklahoma today. Nippert walked two and struck out five. He is now 6-2 on the season with a 3.98 ERA.

Maybe they really do have some arms down on the farm.  I hope they don’t trade them away.

 

Chris Davis Is One Great Rangers Prospect

My man Jamey Newberg sent out his Newberg Report today and it focused on Chris Davis.  This kid is knocking the cover off the ball. 

THE NEWBERG REPORT 

Hank Blalock didn’t play first base for Oklahoma tonight, but Chris Davis did.   

He homered again, off of former Tampa Bay hurler Brian Stokes. 

In his last 162 games, dating back to mid-May 2007 in Bakersfield , Davis has hit .327/.378/.636.

With 42 doubles.

And 49 home runs. 

And 156 RBI. 

The left-handed-hitting Davis against left-handed AA pitchers in 2007: .229/.308/.543. 

Davis against left-handed AA pitchers in 2008: .276/.276/.379. 

Davis against left-handed AAA pitchers in 2008: .286/.348/.667

The only place Davis has worn blue since high school has been in Surprise, Arizona .

The 22-year-old from Longview is playing like he misses the blue.

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Richie Whitt’s Theory On How The Rangers Will Replace Ron Washington

Richie Whitt of the Dallas Observer has a new sports blog called Sportatorium.   He comes out swinging.

Whitt says the Rangers have a plan in place to ax skipper Ron Washington and replace him:

“The Dallas Observer– via this here The Sportatorium sports blog – has learned from separate sources that the Rangers have held preliminary – if not more serious – talks with Don Baylor, Mike Hargrove, Jim Tracy and Jackie Moore about being Washington’s successor. At least one version of the inevitable overhaul, temporarily put on pause by the team’s recent uptick, includes the firing of all assistant coaches other than hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo and third base coach Matt Walbeck.”

Roger Clemens Is A Real Playboy

Man, the New York Daily News is on Roger Clemens.  They have tracked down ol boys affairs, and more than the one with country singer Mindy McCready.

This story is…..wow.  “He had chicks stashed in every city – like every athlete, you play golf, you go get drunk and [have sex],” says one source close to Clemens. “In some ways, it’s a lonely life.”

I’d hate to be him right now.  Trying explaining this stuff to your kids and wife Debbie.

Can The Rangers Please Get Her To Throw Out The 1st Pitch

Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover gal, Marissa Miller, threw out the 1st pitch at a Cubs game recently. She makes pinstripes look very good.

Since the Rangers are living in last place again, it’s time to give hard working folks a reason to come out to the Ballpark.  

Dollar hot dog days are nice, but I’d say having Ms. Miller throw out the first pitch would be a very nice gesture to the long suffering Ranger fans.


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