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    June 17, 2011

    Whitt's End: 6.17.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Jason Terry's voice is still hoarse from all the partying and cigars, but yet we're already peeking at 2012. Problem: The Mavs aren't a team built for the future, but rather the here-'n-now ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Texas Rangers Got Themselves an All-Star Pitcher, a Controversial Hall of Famer, Lots of Draft Picks, a New Hitting Coach and Another Player on Baby Leave. Whew.

    The real deal?​Lots of Texas Rangers' catch-up to spread around today ... *Back in spring training we all watched how Neftali Feliz would react to being stretched out as a potential starter. While Feliz wound up back in the bullpen, Alexi Ogando became the team's oh-by-the-way No. 5 starter. ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Meanwhile, Your Texas Rangers are Suddenly Back Where They Started

    ​Been a little concerned obsessed with the Mavs. But I did catch some Rangers' baseball Saturday afternoon. Saw enough of Derek Holland to say "Wow!" And apparently he isn't alone. After swooning without Josh Hamilton, the Rangers tumbled from their 9-1 start into mediocrity. Don't look now, ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Well, That Didn't Take Long: Welcome Back, Josh and Nelson

    ​Yesterday I surmised that the Rangers' offense would suddenly improve with the returns of sluggers Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. But not me -- nor even Texas -- thought it would happen that fast. Or that far. Fresh off the disabled list, Hamilton homered in his first at-bat and Cruz ad ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    For the First Time in a Long Time, We'll Recognize the Texas Rangers

    Together again​A day short of six weeks after breaking his arm, Josh Hamilton is back. So is Nelson Cruz. And with them, will the Rangers welcome the return of their offense? After a weekend in Philly in which they were outscored only 5-4 over 27 innings of, let's face it, boring base ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Whitt's End: 5.20.11

    ​ Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Mavs got outplayed last night, plain and simple. The Rangers' loss to the Royals was more painful. Texas was one pitch from winning until .230-hitting Mike Aviles capped a gutsy 11-pitch at ... More >>

  • News

    May 19, 2011

    Leonys Martin's Long Ride to Center

    The Rangers' newest prospect fled communism in Cuba for center field in Frisco. He won't be there for long.

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    May 19, 2011

    With Josh Hamilton and Cliff Lee Looming, the Rangers are Somehow Surviving

    ​Adrian Beltre got the big hit. Ian Kinsler made the defensive play. And, in a first, Mark Lowe salvaged what Neftali Feliz ruined. The Rangers beat the Royals in extras last night and -- pending a weekend visit through Cliff Lee and the formidable Phillies' pitching staff -- might avoid ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Texas Rangers Win a Series. But Is John Rhadigan Winning?

    ​As I've said before, new Rangers' TV play-by-play voice John Rhadigan is one of the nicest people I've ever met. Love him as a friend. Be honored to have him as a neighbor. Or a role model. Whatever. Great dude. But as the voice of my baseball? Um, let's see how he's doing 1/4th into his fir ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Of Baseball's Litany of Dumb Rules, the Wet Dream Tops the List. Right Mitch Moreland?

    ​Going to Frisco tonight for the debut of Cuban defector/Texas Rangers' stud prospect Leonys Martin. Or am I? Maybe I'll go and sit in traffic and have a hot dog and two cold ones and Martin will dazzle with a two hits and a stolen base and ... then it will rain and I'll drive home like i ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Give Ron Washington Credit for His Desperation Flip-Flop

    ​Rangers' manager Ron Washington loves status quo. Likes the same ol' routine of it all. When something extraordinary happens in the game he delivers his pet philosophical phrase: "That's the way baseball go." But in the midst of watching his team lose seven of nine games and seven of eight ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    The Rangers Aren't Winning, and Now C.J. Wilson is ... Whining?

    ​Hello, win column! third place.The Rangers started 9-1. But since Josh Hamilton broke his arm on that daring/dumb dash for home plate in Detroit on April 12, they're 9-17.That equals 18-18. That equals -- for the first time since April 30, 2010 -- third place in the AL West behind the Angels ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Say, Matthew McConaughey, You Got a Rangers Jersey? It'd Be a Lot Cooler If You Did.

    Photos by Patrick MichelsTurns out, Matthew McConaughey's got a pretty good arm.If you'd been in one particular basement in Arlington a little more than an hour ago, you would've stood square in the middle of a fairly strange scene: Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa standing around, cheerfu ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    My Top 21 Texas Rangers in the History of Ever

    ​C.J. Wilson was superb in last night's much-needed win over Seattle. Pedro Strop is gone. Mark Lowe is back (uh-oh). Tommy Hunter and Nefali Feliz are getting close. And dazzling Cuban defector Leonys Martin is fast-tracking our way.In the middle of a very transitory Rangers season I was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    While the Bullpen Further Implodes and the Losses Mount, There is Good Texas Rangers News

    ​Watched Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler totally half-ass and boot a grounder Sunday afternoon in Oakland. On Monday Elvis Andrus made his seventh error of the season. Thought to myself, This team is getting lazy. Suddenly the laziness is compounded by the losing. Last night the beleaguer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    All Right, All Right, All Right: McConaughey To Throw Out First Pitch at Rangers Game Friday

    ​Your Texas Rangers play the New York Yankees on Friday night, first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Got tickets? It'd be a lot cooler if you did.Because, see, the Rangers just sent word that Matthew McConaughey will toss out the ceremonial first pitch, right before he heads to Houston to pick up Aerosmith tic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Texas Rangers, Tom Hicks Settle Dispute Over Ballpark Parking. For This Season, Anyway.

    Photo by Sam Merten​Two weeks back it came to light that the current owners of the Texas Rangers were feuding with the former owner of the Texas Rangers over some 12,000 parking spots around the Ballpark in Arlington. To recap, quickly: Ray Davis and Bob Simpson's Rangers Baseball Express, LLC too ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    On Second Thought, Colby Lewis Still Shouldn't Have Missed That Start

    The vengeance hath been raining down like a motherfucker.​"Earring-wearing Gay wad." "Goddamned Moron." "Ignoramus." "Troll." "Idiot." "Devil's spawn." "A product of cousins breeding with cousins." And my personal favorite: "Jackass." In the past 24 hours, this bouquet of compliments has be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Rangers' Games Have Gotten Really Interesting ... in the Stands

    Either reporter Jim Knox deserves a couple Emmys or else his office -- otherwise known as the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington -- has become baseball's most fertile field for intriguing off-the-field story lines. Colby Lewis' post-paternity-leave return to the mound stunk like a bin full of dirty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Welcome Back to Earth, Texas Rangers. Welcome Back, Colby Lewis?

    So Alexi Ogando is human. The Rangers' bullpen is shaky. Julio Borbon's center-to-home throws look like Mat McBriar's punts. And Nos. 1-2 hitters are cooler than a New York night. Admit it, right now Texas' 10-5 feels more like 5-10. After Ogando gave up three homers last night, A ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Someone Explain to Me What I'm Missing in Mark Lowe

    ​I know, technically, he's all the Texas Rangers have to show for the Cliff Lee trade -- assuming the $2 million in cash has long since been spent -- but what the what am I supposed to be seeing in reliever Mark Lowe? Because I think know I see a guy who gets behind the count, throws 97 ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Past, Present Texas Rangers Owner In Legal Spat Over Use of 11,679 Ballpark Parking Spots

    Photo by Sam MertenNo doubt the very same look Hicks gave Greenberg when he let him know he was terminating the land use agreement​Speaking of disputes between Texas Rangers ownership past and present ...Courthouse News has the lengthy lawsuit filed Monday in Tarrant County District Court, in whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Even Ron Washington is Making the Right Calls During Rangers' 9-1 Start

    ​The Rangers are 9-1, their best start in franchise history. They've outscored their opponents a ridiculous 60-26. They've beaten the aces of Boston (Jon Lester), Seattle (Felix Hernandez) and now Detroit (Justin Verlander). They're hitting homers, getting immaculate starting pitching and winn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    If the Rangers Can Beat Justin Verlander in Detroit, Watch Out

    ​Two more homers. Another win, this one 3-0 over the Baltimore Orioles. Three consecutive series victories. Everything, it seems, is going boffo for the Rangers. With 18 dingers, 58 runs, splendid starting pitching and an 8-1 record, they are both the talk of baseball and the best team in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Rangers Finish Perfect Homestand, With Help From Their Shiny New Toy

    ​The weather. The ring ceremony. The attendance. And, oh by the way, the results.When the Rangers beat reigning AL Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez 7-3 yesterday, it capped the perfect start to their encore season.They're now 6-0, joining the Cincinnati Reds as the only undefeated teams in base ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    If the Texas Rangers Pitch Like This They'll Go 162-0

    Alexi Ogando: Another quality start. Another win. Ho-hum.​I don't trust Mark Lowe. Mason Tobin doesn't yet belong on a Major League mound. And Julio Borbon makes me a little nervous in center field.But that's it, the extent of my minuscule Texas Rangers concerns through five games. 5-0, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Eric Nadel Really Loves His Job This Season (And Has a Musical Recommendation Too)

    Courtesy the Texas RangersThe great Eric Nadel, baseball broadcaster and music aficionado​Long ago I used to run into Eric Nadel -- The Voice of Your Texas Rangers -- all the time in the music section of the Borders in Preston Royal, which should tell you how long ago that was. First time I saw hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Your Texas Rangers Are the Best Slow-Pitch Softball Team in the Majors

    ​Well, it seems like it. If you're counting at home -- and I know you are -- after last night's 6-4 win over the Seattle Mariners, that's 13 homers in 32 innings for the Rangers. At this rate they'll ... man I'm really bad at math be really hard to beat. You know things are going right when I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Rangers 26, Red Sox 11: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. That, my friends, was about as thorough a three-game sweep as you can produce. The Rangers out-scored Boston by 15 runs and slugged 11 homers. And that wasn't the Royals, remember -- it came against the team most experts predict will represent the AL in the 2011 World Series. 9. Mos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Whitt's End: 4.1.11

    Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: Plaaaaaay baaalllllll! My prediction: Your Texas Rangers will finish second to the Anaheim Angels in the AL West and miss the playoffs. Hey, repeatin' ain't easy. For most teams in baseball lo ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    March 31, 2011
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    March 31, 2011

    Nolan Ryan Believes in the Rangers; Curt Schilling Doesn't. You?

    The new video scoreboard in Arlington​Saw former playoff standout pitcher Curt Schilling on some ESPN baseball preview this morning and he said -- I'm paraphrasing -- no way in hell the Texas Rangers repeat as American League West Division champs, much less AL champs.Repeating is tough, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Texas Rangers Set Opening Day Pitching Staff and Who the Heck is Mason Tobin?

    Don't laugh, we'll actually see this jersey on the mound for the Rangers this season​A year ago today we were dissecting the depth of a Texas Rangers' pitching staff anchored by No. 1 and 2 starters named Scott Feldman and Rich Harden. Hopefully that perspective will soften the blow of ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Ex-Rangers Jeff Burroughs and Charlie Hough Return to Arlington For Opening Day

    Via.Here too is a sneak peek at the ballpark's new videoboard.​Nice to see the reigning American League champs haven't forgotten about those Texas Rangers associated with all those seasons in hell -- chief among them Jeff Burroughs, the top draft pick in '69 (for the Washington Senators) and my fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Former Texas Rangers' Co-Owner Chuck Greenberg Talks

    ​Talked to former Texas Rangers' CEO and managing general partner Chuck Greenberg yesterday. You know, the guy who helped usher Tom Hicks out of the franchise, who dragged the team out of bankruptcy, who spearheaded the out-bidding of Mark Cuban in court and who hand-picked Nolan Ryan as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Whitt's End: 3.25.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Like me, do you think the Texas Rangers are kinda getting caught with their pants on the ground with their pitching staff exposed? The time to go get a reliable closer is not next year, it' ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011
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    March 23, 2011

    Rangers Re-Do: Frankie Francisco for Mike Napoli

    ​Mike Napoli may help the Texas Rangers win some games this season, but right now he's a big pain in the butt. How's that? Because think of the team's landscape had general manager Jon Daniels not acquired Napoli from the Toronto Blue Jays on January 25 for reliever Frankie Francisco. If tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Whitt's End: 3.18.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Couple weeks ago I circled tonight's Mavs-Spurs game at American Airlines Center in anticipation. Now? No biggie. After dropping games it should've won to Memphis, New Orleans and Portland, ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Rockies 11, Rangers 10: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Crowd last night was around 8,000, just a couple days after a record 12,000 for Rangers-Giants. As opposed to the Royals-A's on Tuesday, when I swear there weren't 1,000 people here. Nothing like a World Series to crowd the bandwagon. 9. I've said it before and I'll say it again: N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Michael Young: Still Here. Still Hitting.

    ​Don't know what else to call it, I'm just getting a weird vibe here in Surprise, Arizona. The defending American League champion Texas Rangers somehow only have two starters (C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis) inked into the rotation. Their elite closer (Neftali Feliz) might be a starter but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Surprise, Surprise. Chuck Greenberg is ... Poof.

    ​And just like that, the man who saved Nolan Ryan's job with the Texas Rangers has been replaced. By Nolan Ryan. I heard rumblings about this a couple weeks ago. Even hinted in a Whitt's End and on 105.3 The Fan that there were - seemingly out of nowhere - cracks in the foundation of the re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    "With a Heavy Heart," Chuck Greenberg On Why He's No Longer a Texas Ranger: He and Nolan Ryan Have "Somewhat Different Styles."

    Sam MertenChuck Greenberg at a press conference at the ballpark last August​Odd news to wake up to this morning: After being the man leading the charge to take control of the Texas Rangers last summer, and having been very much the public face of the franchise in the months since, Chuck Greenberg' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Whitt's Merten's End 3.11.11

    Photo by Sam MertenChuck Greenberg and Texas Rangers co-chair Bob Simpson celebrate after outbidding Mark Cuban in an auction to own the club​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's Merten's End: *Well, that was quick. Chuck Greenberg formed ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Jon Daniels To Be Rangers GM Through 2015

    Sam Merten​The Texas Rangers just sent word: General manager Jon Daniels, who was only under contract through this season, today signed a four-year extension -- the financial terms of which were not announced. Hard to believe, but should Daniels stick around through the 2015 season, that would mar ... More >>

  • News

    February 17, 2011
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    February 16, 2011

    Texas Rangers Spring Training: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Pitchers and catchers report today. Means backyard pool parties and bikinis can't be far behind. 9. Whatever happens the first week of camp, it can't be more shocking than a year ago when manager Ron Washington announced that he had snorted cocaine the previous season. 8. Last year' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Eye on Surprise: The Texas Rangers' 2011 Bullpen

    ​Forget missing out on Cliff Lee and Zach Greinke at the front end of the rotation, a huge factor in how the Texas Rangers will defend their American League championship will be who pitches and how they perform out of the back end of the bullpen. I think the Rangers have voluntarily ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Whitt's End: 2.11.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Finally some good news for Texas Rangers fans. After whiffing on Cliff Lee and having face-of-the-franchise Michael Young demand a trade, locking up Josh Hamilton for two years relieves some ... More >>

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