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What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams.
After falling short in 2010, falling short in 2011, and falling even shorter still in 2012, the Texas Rangers finally reached the pinnacle in 2013: World Champions. It wasn't an easy road. It wasn't a drama-free road. But at the end of the season, none of that matters, because the Rangers are champions.
Expectations for Texas were tempered coming into the season after the losses of Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli, and Ryan Dempster this winter. Despite losing those superstars, the Rangers still had a solid team overall, though perhaps not as good as the teams that graced the Ballpark of Arlington diamond over the past three seasons. Sure enough, the 2013 Rangers delivered in spades on both sides of the ball. The team's pitching staff was led by AL Cy Young winner Yu Darvish, ...
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Written By, Clifford Santa Monica Trading Elvis Andrus for any reason is just plain stupid. You’re talking about a player just now entering his athletic prime who has “PERRENIAL ALL-STAR” written all over him. The Rangers, potentially, have two such players under one roof–the other being Jurickson Profar, a player who most scouts feel has what it takes to be a great player...
Written By Clifford Santa Monica, When I see a statement made like this, “…if they simply provide production around what they did in 2012 while Kinsler and Cruz tick their production up a notch, the Rangers offense won’t miss a beat without Hamitlon and Napoli in the lineup….” It just drives me crazy. Here is what I say about that….. Dude, if you think the two players...
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...
SURPRISE, Ariz. The media tent is still in place for Yu Darvish press conferences at the Surprise Recreation Complex.
The circus that accompanied Darvish everywhere he went last year in Arizona has dwindled though. That has nothing to do with Darvish, who lived up to expectations in his 16 win rookie season with the Rangers in 2012.
But now Darvish isn't the story of spring...
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...
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.
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...
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...
Jose Canseco. You may remember him from such things as playing on the Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers. But if you’re under 25, you may know him better for his post baseball career. Jose Canseco is the motivational poster you wish you could write. He’s the one who will stand up to the ruthless enemies [...]