Found August 17, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Ryan Dempster
TEAMS: Texas Rangers


Ryan Dempster has struggled with the Rangers since coming over from the Cubs, but his latest problem adjusting to playing in the American League is a little more bizarre.

The Rangers announced that Dempster will miss his scheduled start against the Blue Jays this weekend due to personal reasons, but the fine print in this one is what's fun.

Dempster reportedly doesn't have his passport, according to the Dallas Morning News, and may have lost it some time in the last few years.

Ergo, Dempster won't be allowed through customs at the airport and can't even travel with the team to the Rogers Centre. Dempster, who hasn't pitched in Canada since 2004, never had to worry about playing the Jays in his time with the Cubbies.

What's even more interesting about this already odd story, though, is that Dempster is actually Canadian. The right-hander was born in Sechelt, B.C., Canada, and played baseball in his native country until he graduated from secondary school in 1995.

In any event, Roy Oswalt will start in Dempster's place and hopefully the former Cub can enjoy the bureaucracy of renewing a passport.


Also from NESN:

Video: Giancarlo Stanton blasts incredibly long home run

Ronda Rousey said she plans to choke opponent until she's "actually dead"

Fred McGriff rips Melky Cabrera, wants stiffer drug policy


Ryan Dempster to Miss Start Against Jays Because of Lost Passport

Texas Rangers pitcher Ryan Dempster announced earlier that he would miss his next start due to personal reasons. It wasn't known what exactly was the reason for the missed start. Now we know why. Dempster will not make the trip with the Rangers to Toronto because he lost his passport. According to the Dallas Morning News, he may have lost it years ago since he hasn't pitched...

Perspective sometimes lost with Rangers

One thing that may have gotten lost over the past couple of years of success by the Texas Rangers is perspective. So much has gone right for Texas since 2010 that it's now easier to find out what's wrong than to focus on what's right. A lost series in New York is a good example. The Rangers dropped three of four games against the Yankees, who figure to stand between...

Rangers avoid a sweep in New York

Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz were on the bench. Michael Young was at second base. Mike Olt was in right field. Weird lineup, right?  Well, it kind of worked.   Well played, Ron Washington. Or something like that. I’d like to say the defensive replacements didn’t hurt us.  But … well … Mike Olt dropped a fly ball in the 6th that would have been the final out.  And Michael...

MLB players 'audition' for 'Expendables 3'

With the hot new action flick, "The Expandables 2" set to be released today, the folks over at the MLB Fan Cave decided to audition some of the players who dropped by for the next edition of the movie. The clear winner of this Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland:

Rangers 10, Yankees 6

Craig Gentry turned a spot start into a tiebreaking hit and the Texas Rangers avoided a four-game sweep in a matchup of AL division leaders, rallying past the New York Yankees 10-6 Thursday. Texas had lost eight straight at Yankee Stadium overall. The hard-hitting Rangers had done little in this series, too, totaling only four runs before the finale. Gentry started for the first...

Rangers Minor League Roundup – 8/17

The Texas Rangers got solid pitching performances from top to bottom in their minor league system on Friday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

VIDEO: Andruw Jones loses Josh Hamilton fly ball in sun, nearly gets smashed

Your browser does not support iframes. During Thursday afternoon's Rangers-Yankees game, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers hit a deep fly ball to left field. Yankees left fielder Andruw Jones, a ten-time Gold Glover in center field for the Braves, settled under the ball, but apparently lost it in the sun. Crippled by the sunlight in his eyes, Jones fell onto his butt while...

Rangers-Blue Jays Preview

One victory apparently can do a lot to change a mindset. Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers try to further some new-found momentum Friday night when the AL West leaders open a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Darvish (12-8, 4.54 ERA) has his first opportunity to set a Rangers rookie record for victories. The right-hander has been uneven since the All-Star break but grinded...

Derek Holland Is Hilarious and Franklin Morales Is Awkward With 'The Expendables' Impressions (Video)

We already knew that Derek Holland is pretty good with impressions. We now know that Franklin Morales kind of isn't. They were among a group of MLB players who were featured in a MLB Fan Cave video in which the guys took their turns doing impressions of the cast of The Expendables. No further explanation is needed. Check it out in the video below with big ups to Deadspin for...

Blue Jays 3, Rangers 2

Edwin Encarnacion hit his 31st home run, J.A. Happ won his second straight start and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Yu Darvish and the Rangers 3-2 Friday night, handing Texas its fourth loss in five games. Darvish (12-9) lost for the second time in three starts, allowing three runs and three hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out 10. For Darvish, it was the seventh time...

Andruw Jones and Mike Adams have problems standing during Yankees/Rangers

Yesterday's New York Yankees/Texas Rangers gave saw not one but two players take tumbles during the game.The first fall came courtesy of outfielder Andruw Jones who misplayed a fly ball hit by Josh Hamilton and lost it in the sun: Your browser does not support iframes. The second came courtesy of Rangers pitcher Michael Adams who lost his balance while trying to throw a pitch...

Rangers salavage a win in series finale against Yankees

NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers had been humbled in the first three games, the New York Yankees turning the matchup between the American League's top two teams into a Yankee showcase with three straight wins. Now the Rangers had just absorbed another blow in the bottom of the sixth inning of the four-game series finale Thursday, and the fans at Yankee Stadium were roaring yet...

Garcia Shines in Win Over Rangers

Yankees vs. Rangers Post Game Recap 8/15 The Yankees were able overcome a long rain delay to get their third straight win over the Texas Rangers beating them 3-2. Freddy Garcia was very good against the frightening Texas lineup in earning his 7th win of the season. Garcia went 6.2 innings allowing four hits, one walk, two runs, and had six strikeouts. The only runs Texas was able...
Rangers 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.