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Elvis Andrus bats leadoff for a very good lineup. Even though he doesn’t have serious gap power, his on-base ability (career .342) and speed (30.75 steals per season) help him wind up in scoring position often. Last year Andrus hit 31 doubles and nine triples and stole 21 bases. Assuming most of those thefts were of second (off singles, walks, or errors), Andrus put himself in scoring position about 60 times last year. That’s pretty darn good.For comparison, Austin Jackson combined for just 51 doubles, triples, and steals. Derek Jeter combined for just 41. Jackson scored 103 runs with a .377 OBP and 16 homers (i.e. where he scores on his own hit). Jeter scored 99 runs with a .362 OBP and 15 homers. Andrus, Jackson, and Jeter all play for great offenses, but compared Jackson and Jeter, Andrus loses almost 10 runs per year due to his inability to hit the long ball and costs himself around 15-20 times on base due to his good-but-not-great walk rate (and thus, OBP).The point is this: An...
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Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan believes his club can still contend for the American League West crown without slugger Josh Hamilton.
Hamilton signed a five-year, $125 million deal in the
We have had to deal with a lot of speculation about the Rangers’ infield this off-season. It is not as if the Rangers are in trouble, they have the “problem” of a looming logjam. Shortstop super-prospect Jurickson Profar is knocking on the door. The Rangers also have Ian Kinsler at second and under contract through 2017, and Elvis Andrus, who is only 24, at shortstop and under...
Kyle McClellan is trying quickly to win over what he hopes is his new fan base with the Texas Rangers.
While McClellan played a role in St. Louis getting to the postseason in 2011, he's quick to point out that his right arm played no role in the crushing blow to the Rangers that was the 2011 World Series.
McClellan is hoping to ease some of that pain this year by being a key...
The aging Lance Berkman, who suffered a knee injury last year and contemplated retirement this offseason, has already suffered his first injury of the spring. Berkman has what's being called a mild calf strain. He is listed as day-to-day, but there is a chance he won't play over the weekend as games ramp up.
The calf tightened up during drills on Tuesday, and Berkman...
Joe Nathan was shut down yesterday and not allowed to participate in intrasquad games, but Nathan and the Texas Rangers said it was no big deal. Nathan said he was sidelined for precautionary reasons. Even if that's the case, it's concerning that players are only a week into spring since very one reported and Nathan is already being given rest.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports...
The Texas Rangers have a void at the back of their starting
rotation entering the season, but they are still not interested in free agent
Kyle Lohse, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
Sullivan notes that the Rangers have not changed their
stance on Lohse, and at this time it doesn’t appear they will pursue the
Texas is poised to enter the season...
With A.J. Pierzynski’s days in Chicago over, it figures the new Rangers catcher would unload his Lincoln Park Chicago brownstone for $1,750,000. This place is only two miles from Wrigley Field. If you’re familiar with Chicago, you’d understand why A.J. would live closer to Wrigley than Comiskey or whatever the Sox call that stadium.
According to the realtor:
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Gold Glove third baseman Adrian Beltre made a throw across the diamond during a fielding drill for the Texas Rangers that was high and beyond the reach of Lance Berkman.
"I thought you were taller. Sorry," Beltre shouted out with a smile to the first baseman.
The veteran Rangers, who both have dealt with right calf issues early in an extended spring...
Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez has officially rejoined the organization as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels.
Rodriguez will also serve as a team ambassador and an instructor.
He's expected to join the organization in Surprise, Ariz.late next week and will also likely help the team in March.
Rodriguez is expected to work with players at both...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Nolan Ryan laughs when he hears people describe the Texas Rangers offseason as a disaster and the worst in team history.
While the Rangers were unable to re-sign five-time All-Star slugger Josh Hamilton, failed to lure pitcher Zack Greinke to Texas and traded Michael Young, Ryan still expects the team to be very competitive this season because of how they...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- As a rookie, Mitch Moreland was the Texas Rangers' best hitter in their first World Series.
In the two seasons since then, he has dealt with injuries and split time at first base. But with Michael Young and Mike Napoli no longer in Texas, manager Ron Washington wants Moreland to have some fun.
"He's my first baseman," Washington said. ...
SURPRISE, Ariz. – The health of Lance Berkman is certainly something to watch during the Texas Rangers' 2013 season. The veteran slugger suffered a minor calf injury early in camp, and he's currently listed as day-to-day.
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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Brandon Wood believes he can still fulfill his potential, and the Kansas City Royals are willing to give him that chance.
Wood hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Kansas City a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
When he was 20, Wood set California League records with 43 home runs and 101 extra-base hits in 2005. That...