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Day four of our season preview series continues, featuring the Texas Rangers today. The Rangers are coming off of three straight 90-win playoff appearances, and look to make it four in a row in the always tough AL West. We'll be rolling out our six part Rangers series in the same order and timeframe as we have been all week, with a new piece going live every 75 minutes.
Yesterdy at TOC, we celebrated Angels day. Here are the links for all of our Angels coverage yesterday.
Angels on TOC
End of Season Post-Mortem
2013 Season Preview
You May Say I'm A Dreamer
2013 Burning Question
This Is My Nightmare
Top Ten Prospects
Also yesterday, we branched out a bit from team previews and touched on Pete Rose being scrubbed from history by Topps, the best Las Vegas over/under bets, and another strange injury, this time afflicting Joel Peralta of the Rays.
Welcome to Rangers day, and enjoy your Spring Training, everyone.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Texas Rangers have arguably the top prospect in all of baseball in Jurickson Profar. The super talented shortstop/second baseman is consistently found at the top of all prospect lists and for good reason. He is a five tool player who at such a young age has shown the plate discipline of a ten year veteran, and he is just about to turn twenty years old. Here are his numbers...
SURPRISE, Ariz. Lance Berkman is taking his role as the new designated hitter for the Texas Rangers seriously.
He showed up to spring training Friday without a glove.
"For 12 years I never had to worry about it because the equipment guy in Houston just packed up my locker and it showed up in spring training," Berkman said. "I forget, this is an oversight on my...
Continuing from our season preview of the Rangers earlier today...
Are the Rangers going to be able to adequately replace the offense that Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli provided to the team in 2012?
Hamilton and Napoli provided a ton of offense for the Rangers during their careers in Texas. In just over 1050 plate appearances last season, the duo combined for 67 homers, an...
While the Rangers led the AL West from nearly wire to wire, they never dominated the division like many expected. On September 1st, their lead over the A's was just three games. On September 27th, with just six games remaining in the regular series, Texas was four up on Oakland. Then...they collapsed. The Rangers went 1-5 in the last two series of the year, including a three...
In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series.
For a team that lost two consecutive World Series, including one where they were one strike away from winning it...
The Rangers have their share of star players. Guys like Berkman, Kinsler, Beltre, Andrus, Cruz, and Darvish may not be household names on the level of Pujols and Verlander, but they're pretty close. Obviously, none of these guys can really be an x-factor, since everyone is focusing on them. What an x-factor is for a club like Texas is a player who might not make or break their...
Pete Rose is no longer the all-time hits leader. Well, according to Topps. It doesn’t seem that like the baseball card company was only printing the biggest baseball card in the world to get a little pub, as they are actually changing history as well. ChicagoSideSports.com’s Rob Harris has a keen eye to go along with his avid love of baseball cards. He was looking at the back...
With two of the top prospects in all of baseball, and a few high-ceiling projects in the works, Texas' system remains strong.
My Top 10
1. Jurickson Profar SS
2. Mike Olt 3B/1B
3. Martin Perez SP
4. Lewis Brinson OF
5. Leonys Martin OF
6. Cody Buckel SP
7. Luke Jackson SP
8. Joey Gallo 3B/1B/OF
9. Justin Grimm SP
10. Luis Sardinas SS...
It took almost no time at all for Marlins Park to develop a pitcher-friendly reputation. Its debut saw a number of long fly balls drop dead in the outfield, and of course, plenty of people were watching. Among those watching were the players participating in the game, and here’s Lance Berkman:
“It’s the biggest ballpark in the game,” Berkman said. “It’s huge. If they...
FIRST THE GUM, NOW THIS
Topps, as the exclusive rights-holder to produce MLB-licensed trading cards, has removed from its trading cards any mention of Pete Rose as the all-time hits leader.
According to Topps baseball cards this year the all time record holder for most base hits in baseball is simply known as "all-time record holder." Or at least that is likely how Pete Rose would be listed on the back of a baseball card printed today.
As Chicago Side Sports points out, the baseball card company is not using Pete Rose by name on their baseball cards, but...
The Outside Corner ran down this bit of ********: Topps has removed Pete Rose's name when it mentions the all time hit record on its cards. 4,296 sits alone.
Ryan O’Hara ladies and gentlmen....
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
Forget the Hall of Fame. If a player disappears from the back of baseball cards, does he still exist?
A little investigating by chicagosidesports.com, followed by some further poking by Yahoo!’s Big League Stew, seems to show that one baseball card company may be trying to give Major League Baseball a hand in forgetting Pete Rose.
Rose, who holds many MLB records but has been shunned...