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American League's top up and comers in 2017

While the established stars such as Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw need no introduction and the big-name prospects have their names made by the plethora of "top 100" lists that make minor league hype the machine that it is, there is a middle ground of young players spread around the game that provides the true building blocks of the game. Each team has them and the...
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Rougned Odor’s 2016 Performance Was Awfully Unique

The 2016 season was a fascinating one for Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, and contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with punching Jose Bautista. What actually made it fascinating was the connection between his power production and plate discipline (or lack thereof). Through 632 plate appearances last season, Odor hit 33 home runs while drawing just 19 walks...
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February 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers minor leaguers investigated for sexual assault on teammate during hazing

Eight Texas Rangers prospects were questioned by police in the Dominican Republic after video had emerged of a group of players sexually assaulting a teammate during a hazing incident, according to Yahoo Sports. Prosecutors in the Dominican Republic have yet to press any charges, however they intend to charge at least four of the players who were involved. The players who were targeted...
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November 21, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Josh Donaldson's mad dash in extras sweeps Rangers

The Toronto Blue Jays won their 2016 war with the Texas Rangers. The Blue Jays defeated the Rangers in 10 innings in Game 3 of their American League Division Series on Sunday night at Rogers Centre to complete a sweep and punch their ticket to the ALCS. Toronto walked off with the victory after Texas second baseman Rougned Odor committed a throwing error while trying to complete...
October 09, 2016  |  Discuss

They Don’t Make Many Like Rougned Odor

The other day, I was reading a profile of Rougned Odor, the person. As shouldn’t come as any surprise, the public doesn’t have a real nuanced understanding of the guy — he’s just the little dude who clobbered Jose Bautista, and that makes him either likable or detestable. Like everyone else, the real Odor is a human being, something far more complicated than the single most...
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September 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Remembering Rougned Odor’s Big Adjustment

After the scrum was gone, after he’d answered all the difficult questions about his punch heard around the baseball world, after he’d deflected and postponed and shrugged, after he slumped into his seat and sighed, Rougned Odor looked up and saw me coming. To his credit, he raised his eyebrows for the coming question, ready for another round. He was relieved when I asked him...
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May 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Rougned Odor is the new bad guy of the MLB

You know what is outrageously stupid about the brawl between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays? The media and public are completely botching the player in the wrong. Ten years ago today, Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett became a notorious bad boy of the MLB when he threw knuckles at White Sox catcher AJ Pierzynski, similar to what Rougned Odor did to Jose Bautista...
May 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Odor gets free BBQ for life thanks to Bautista punch

Rougned Odor will never go hungry again — as long as he does not mind Texas barbecue. The Fort Worth restaurant Heim Barbecue is promising the Rangers second baseman free food for life in recognition of his nasty right hook to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista’s face. The restaurant’s owner, Travis Heim, told the local NBC affiliate his restaurant is embracing Odor. They...
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May 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Rangers affiliate to sell drink in honor of Rougned Odor’s punch

Major League Baseball suspended Rougned Odor eight games for rearranging Jose Bautista’s face with his fist, but that’s not going to stop one Texas Rangers minor league affiliate from capitalizing on the punch. The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders introduced an alcoholic energy drink in honor of the Rangers second baseman’s right hook called “Rougie’s Red Punch.” The drink...
May 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Rougned Odor suspended eight games for punching Bautista

Texas Rangers infielder Rougned Odor has reportedly been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for his role in a brawl with the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Odor has already decided to appeal. source: rougned odor got 8 games — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 17, 2016 odor plans to appeal his 8-game penalty #rangers ...
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May 17, 2016  |  Discuss

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