Posts Tagged 'Rangers'

Rangers Top 2008 Draft According To Baseball America

The Rangers had the best draft in baseball according to a note sent to me by my man Jamey Newberg from his newbergreport.com:

A year after Baseball America tabbed the Rangers’ deep 2007 draft class as the second best in baseball, the publication has just published an article anointing Texas as having had the number one draft in baseball in 2008, ahead of the Royals, Giants, Twins, and Red Sox.   

First baseman Justin Smoak was named the number two power hitter in the draft (behind only Pittsburgh ’s Pedro Alvarez).  Righthander Joe Wieland, the club’s fourth-round pick, was recognized as having the fourth-best pro debut of any high school player drafted in 2008, trailing three players who went in the first round. 

BA will review the Rangers’ draft in detail on Monday. 

Jamey

6PM Sports Live From Arlington

I will be at the Parks Mall for the 6PM sportscast.   I will be at the Barnes and Noble where Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton will be signing copies of his book Beyond Belief.

I have read the book and Josh goes into serious and disturbing detail of his cocaine use and his comeback to baseball and finding Jesus Christ.

The title is perfect and his story is very inspiring.

Josh Hamiliton Voted American League’s Best

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was voted by his peers as the American League Outstanding Player in 2008 in the Players Choice Awards.

This could be a lead up to Hamilton possibly winning the A.L. MVP after the season.

2008 Season Might Be Jon Daniels Last In Texas

Armando Gallaraga is on the hill for the Tigers tonight.  He was a Texas Ranger.   Did I mention he enters tonights game with an 11-4 record and a 3.14 ERA.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels traded him for an A-ball outfielder.  Bad deal.  One of too many for Daniels when it comes to pitching. 

I think new team president Nolan Ryan will find a new GM this winter.  The Rangers have not made the right moves when it comes to pitching and Ryan has had the 2008 season to see what’s been going on.  I just see Nolan going in different direction and Daniels won’t be making the calls.

This damning article on mlb.com highlights how Daniels screwed up:

While the Tigers were preparing for Spring Training with their big-name additions, they pulled off a Minor League deal in early February to acquire Galarraga from the Rangers for Class A outfielder Michael Hernandez. The rest is history. While Galarraga rebounded from one of the first cuts of camp to stick with the Tigers after a mid-April callup, Hernandez is out of the Rangers organization.

As he points out, he isn’t the only pitcher that the Rangers have traded to have had success elsewhere. That’s why he finds it ironic when he hears talk about the Rangers’ need for pitching.

“They had pitchers,” he said. “They had Edinson Volquez in Cincinnati. They had [John] Danks from Chicago. They’ve had pitchers, but they traded them. They traded Nick Masset [now in Cincinnati]. Good pitchers. They’ve had good pitchers, but I don’t know, at some point they get traded.”

Matt Harrison Throws A Gem For Texas

Rookie pitcher Matt Harrison was dealing tonight in Arlington.  The kid mowed down 8 Tampa Bay Rays in 8 innings and only gave up 3 hits Saturday night.

Outstanding.

Harrison did it on 109 pitches.  The Rangers needed that.

Everyday Eddie Guardado closed it out and Harrison improved his record to 5-2.

Here’s the take on his night from the Newberg Report:

Tonight Matt Harrison:

a. Struck out more batters (eight) than he had in his other seven big league
starts combined (seven).

b. Allowed three singles — two of which came in the first inning — and no
walks.

c. Retired the final 18 batters he faced.

d. Threw one of the best games any Rangers pitcher has thrown this season.

e. Threw one of the best games of his pro career, at any level.

f. Earned his fifth win in eight starts, one victory less than Kevin
Millwood
has in 21 starts.

g. Became just the sixth Rangers starter this season to complete at least
eight innings (and the first Rangers rookie to do so in more than two
years).

h. Needed only 109 pitches — 72 percent of which were strikes and a greater
percentage of which looked absolutely aggressive — to get his 24 outs.

i. Gave the bullpen a badly, badly, badly needed break.

j. Got an eighth-inning hug in the dugout from Ron Washington . . .

Only The Rangers Can Score 17 Runs And Lose

The Rangers were down 10-zip in the 1st inning thanks to Scott Feldman in Boston.  He gave up 12 runs and did not get the loss.

So what, the Rangers banged out 20 hits and scored 17 runs…and lost.

Frankie Francisco gave up a 3-run bomb to Kevin Youkilius in the 8th inning.  The Rangers choked away what would have been a great comeback win.

Poor Ron Washington.  His bullpen is not very good.

Hank Blalock On The Disabled List…Again

This dude stays hurt.  You can’t  spell “hurt” or “Hank” without the “H”.

The Rangers put their 3rd baseman on the 15-day D-L with inflammation in his right shoulder.

Let’s break it down for ya….Hank can’t make that throw from 3rd base to 1st base anymore.

That is why he wanted to switch his position to first base. 

Blalock has a club option for 2009.  It’s worth 6 million.  He won’t have it picked up.  Can’t see the Rangers doing it.  Chris Davis is their first baseman so I don’t see Blalock being a Ranger after the season.

BTW, shortstop Michael Young is playing tonight.  He’s got a broken ring finger.

Josh Hamilton Is The Man

I wanted to be apart of the dogpile at home plate last night when Josh Hamilton hit a 2-run walk off homer last night to beat the 1st place Angels.

I have never cared that much about Rangers baseball.  I like Josh personally and I marvel at his talent.

I was watching him battle K-Rod of the Angels and holding my kid.  Josh got a hold of it and and I was yelling “Go…go.  He did.  Home run.”    Hey, this is what you do on staycation…watch lots of TV.

I have said it before, Hamilton makes me want to watch Rangers baseball and I never felt that way when Pudge, Igor, or A-Rod played in Arlington.

The Rangers need a guy fans can cheer for who also mashes home runs.  Hamliton fits the bill.  Last night he was electrifying.

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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.

 


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