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Author: Andrew SwansonThe 2010 Rangers capped off an excellent 90 win season by winning the franchises first AL pennant, beating the dreaded New York Yankees in the ALCS. Although the Rangers eventually lost the World Series to the San Francisco Giants, their record setting season is one that will not be forgotten by Ranger Fans for quite some time.GM Jon Daniels and Nolan Ryan built their club around a collection of talented young players, including AL batting champ Josh Hamilton, and fellow offensive studs Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz. To help strengthen an already powerful offense and fill in a gap from the departure of Vlad Guererro, Daniels signed free agent Adrian Beltre to a six year, $96 million deal to become the team’s new third baseman and designated hitter. Some believe that Daniels and Ryan overpaid for Beltre, and it should be noted that Beltre’s two best seasons came in contract years, only to be followed by disastrous results after moving to a new club. The Ranger...
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Left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz, who the Texas Rangers acquired from Cleveland last month for cash considerations, was traded back to the Indians Thursday for cash considerations.
Earlier Thursday the club had reassigned De La Cruz to their Double-A spring training camp in Surprise, Ariz.
De La Cruz, who was a starter while with the Cleveland organization, had been working as a reliever...
The gang over at the Kult of Mets Personalities scored a great guest, Hall of Famer and current owner of the Texas Rangers, Nolan Ryan.
Of course, we all know that Ryan started his career with the Mets. In five seasons he was 29-38 with a 3.58 ERA. The deal that sent Ryan to California for Jim Fregosi is undoubtedly the worst trade in franchise history.
So what did the Mets do...
I don’t consider myself a sportswriter. That shouldn’t be taken as a statement of superiority over actual sportswriters; rather, it’s separation, because I don’t feel what I contribute should be compared to what they do. I consider myself a scout first and a writer second, and I’m liberal with the definition of the latter, making the following story all the more difficult...
Prospect followers, please stop panicking over the demise of Texas Rangers pitching prospect Martin Perez. He will be fine. After seeing him face off against arguably the best pitcher on the planet in Dodgers Clayton Kershaw, my first in person look at Perez was an impressive one. Yes, he needs more seasoning at the Minor League level, but he should. As he approaches legal age, Perez...
The American League West certainly boasts some of the most versatile designated hitters in the game.
Texas has Michael Young, who has started at all four infield positions. Los Angeles designated hitter Bobby Abreu was an All-Star outfielder and Seattle will use its catcher of the future Jesus Montero at designated hitter.
Then there's Oakland, where Manny Ramirez and his Hall...
The Rangers are headed to Las Vegas this weekend for a two-game series against the White Sox. Naturally, people are wondering how Josh Hamilton and Sin City are going to mix. As we were reminded just over a month ago, Hamilton continues to struggle along his path to recovery. With that in mind, one might think Las Vegas is the last place on earth he would want to be. However, The...
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A split-squad game meant Julio Borbon got a chance to prove what he can do.
Borbon batted second for the Texas Rangers on Saturday while Elvis Andrus was moved up to leadoff. With regular leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler with the other half of the Rangers in Surprise, Ariz., Borbon was able to thrive at the top of the order between Andrus and Josh Hamilton during a 12...
Key Stats: Despite playing in only 133 and 121 games each of the last two years, Hamilton has been able to put up numbers that rival the best players in the game. He has a 12.7 WAR over that two year span and a .329 AVG, those numbers are 5th and 2nd best in baseball. Last year in only 121 games he was tied for 9th in OF homers and 8th in RBI. He is without question one of the best...
Yesterday, Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux spent some extra time in the bullpen with Yu Darvish. The reason is that Maddux has learned that Darvish has thrown primarily out of the stretch over the years so the team would like to get him throwing from the windup. Good thing is the team’s not making it mandatory as Maddux believes pitching from the stretch is most important...
The Texas Rangers have traded Kelvin De La Cruz back to Cleveland, less than a month after acquiring the left-handed minor league pitcher from the Indians.
De La Cruz was sent back to Cleveland on Thursday for cash considerations, the same way he had been acquired Feb. 21 by the Rangers.
Cleveland had designated the 23-year-old De La Cruz for assignment on Feb. 14 to make room...
With Spring Training well underway, it's time for one of our favorite things in all the world: Season Previews. Five years ago, they began as a semi-serious analysis and ended up as half-assed haiku. We're just gonna go with what we know. We'll begin our preview of the American League West (and the American League in general) by taking a nice long look at the 2012 Texas...
((HT: KARE-TV))Some of us at the HQ wish we could have been part of the "Show..."Had we stuck with it, who knows...???Mark Hamburger spent one year in JuCo ball, attended a Minnesota Twins tryout camp, and the story picks up from there...Dave Berggren catches up with the pitcher and his dad...There are so many jokes, and the pitcher is all in for them...But, rest assured...
Derek Holland allowed one hit in four scoreless innings, and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago Cubs 12-7 Saturday in a split-squad game at Cashman Field.
Holland struck out two and walked none, and Mike Adams struck out the side in the fifth.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija retired his first nine batters before Elvis Andrus singled leading off the fourth and scored on Josh Hamilton...
Game 6 of the 2011 World Series…The Texas Rangers needed one out, one strike, one pitch made by Neftali Feliz, and one defensive play by right fielder Nelson Cruz to bring home the first World Series Championship in Texas Rangers history. The pitch the Rangers were looking for and the play they needed were not
SURPRISE, Ariz. – When left-hander Martin Perez entered spring training this year, he didn't have any experience against major league competition. But the Texas Rangers are giving their top pitching prospect at least two Cactus League starts this March. Lone Star Dugout caught up with the 20-year-old hurler.