Found March 27, 2012 on Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest:
A reunion with Wally Backman might be just what Conor Jackson’s career needs. Worth a shot. — Gotham Baseball (@GothamBaseball) March 26, 2012

Interesting point brought up by Gotham Baseball. Jackson was released by the Texas Rangers this week. Although they needed a right handed hitting outfielder, Jackson struggled with the bat going 3 for 33 in Cactus League action. Ron Washington told ”We just don’t have room for him. He needs to get at-bats and play. It’s getting down to the nitty-gritty and we didn’t have a spot for him.” Jackson has never been the same since he contracted Valley Fever, the same illness that afflicts Ike Davis , in 2009. It took a toll as Jackson admitted to losing 35 pounds and sleeping 12-13 hours a day. Despite the struggles the last three seasons, Jackson has a career .283 batting average and .818 OPS against LH. He can play both the infield and outfield corner positions. Two of the Mets best hitters (Davis, Duda) are left handed. I don’t get the sense the team is committed to either Adam Loewen or Mike Baxter as the fifth outfielder. The major point is Jackson could be re-united with his former minor league manager, Wally Backman, in Buffalo. Perhaps Wally could turn a career around that appears to be on life support. It’s a union that makes sense for both sides. Jackson is still young (29), and the Mets lack of depth makes it worth bringing in anyone who has some sort of upside on their resume. From 2006-2008 Jackson hit .292 and averaged 14 HRs and 71 RBI a season with the Diamondbacks.

Rangers release lefties Stetter, Beimel

The Texas Rangers trimmed their roster to 35 players Monday by making decisions on five players. Two pitchers vying for a left-handed relief spot in the bullpen Mitch Stetter and Joe Beimel were released. Outfielderfirst baseman Conor Jackson was also released. The club also assigned right-hander Mark Hamburger to their Triple A camp and reassigned right-hander Sean Green to...

Josh Hamilton is a Douchebag

I don't really remember what I was looking for on YouTube when I found it, but, man...I sure am glad I stumbled on this Josh Hamilton video.We already know that the Texas Rangers superstar is a stud on the field but off of it?  BAM!  Dude's a little bit of a douchebag.Then again, this is the same cat who apologized for his "relapse" wearing a backwards cap and...

Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish strikes out 11 in exhibition game

High priced acquisition SP Yu Darvish pitched five innings at a Texas Rangers intra-squad games and came away striking out 11 batters that he faced. Darvish has just one remaining start in the Spring Training rotation for the Rangers but pitching coach Mike Maddux believes Darvish is ready for the start of the season. After his performance on Sunday, Maddux told reporters...

Andrus leaves Rangers game with hip tightness

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Shortstop Elvis Andrus has left the Texas Rangers' game against the San Diego Padres with tightness in his right hip flexor muscle. Andrus had a run-scoring groundout in the first on Tuesday and played in the field both of the first two innings, recording an assist and a putout. Andrus is 9 for 32 this spring with two RBIs and a stolen base.

Eat the Texas Rangers' One Pound "Champion Dog"

You're probably like me, eager to cram as much meat down your throat as possible; when it comes to meat there's nothing wrong with being a size queen. As I understand it, Texas only has two things and, of course, everything is BIGGER in Texas, so the Rangers' newest ballpark creation shouldn't surprise us. The Champion Dog will debut on April 6 at the Rangers'...

Texas Rangers Unveil Massive Wieners

Sorry, perverts. This isn’t some Deadspin-style expose where we hid in Mike Napoli’s locker with a camera and a tape measure. This is a story about hot dogs. Specifically, the one-pound hot dogs that will be offered at Rangers Ballpark this season. Yes, you read correctly. Because the one thing America doesn’t have enough of is fat people, the Rangers announced that they will...

Rangers SS Andrus exits with hip tightness

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was forced to leave Tuesday's game with the San Diego Padres in the second inning because of a tight right hip flexor.Manager Ron Washington said Andrus complained of tightness in the muscle after grounding out in his only at-bat.Andrus will be evaluated further on Wednesday.The 23-year-old is batting .369 this spring with four RBIs.

Napoli homers twice, Rangers beat Padres

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Rangers manager Ron Washington wasn't going to take any chances with his starting shortstop. Elvis Andrus left Tuesday's game against a San Diego Padres split squad after the second inning, but Texas went on to a 10-9 victory behind Mike Napoli's two homers. "Once he said he felt a little tightness in his quad we took him out," Washington...

Finding Keepers:Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers have been to two straight World Series.  They came within one strike of winning it last year.  They have never won a World Series and are getting closer.  They right now are the class of the American League and they have another strong team to make a run this season.  Here is a look at some of their team to see who you could keep as a finding keeper. C Mike...

Francis, Reds hammered by Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Ian Kinsler hit his fourth home run and Scott Feldman threw six scoreless innings to help lead the Texas Rangers past the Cincinnati Reds 12-0 on Monday night. Nelson Cruz, David Murphy and Josh Hamilton had two-run doubles, Mitch Moreland added a two-run single and Michael Young had three hits and scored three runs for the Rangers, who won for only the second...

Rangers 10, Padres 9

Rangers manager Ron Washington wasn't going to take any chances with his starting shortstop. Elvis Andrus left Tuesday's game against a San Diego Padres split squad after the second inning, but Texas went on to a 10-9 victory behind Mike Napoli's two homers. ''Once he said he felt a little tightness in his quad we took him out,'' Washington said. '...

Spring Talk: Rangers Preview

The Rangers' addition of Yu Darvish has been a hot topic this spring. National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere discusses Darvish and also gives us the latest on Texas players who have impressed during spring training. This is your video preview of the 2012 season. Check it out for all the information you need!

Small Sample Size And Spring Training

In a perfect world, every prospect piece would be written after multiple looks at a player including batting practice, infield and in game performance. Unfortunately, everyday life makes it nearly impossible to make that goal a reality as career, family and budget restraints limit the ability for a prospect writer to keep the same schedule as an affiliated scout. And while small...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.