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    October 16, 2014

    The Rangers Should Not Trade Elvis Andrus

    With the Orioles re-signing shortstop JJ Hardy, what was already thin free agent market at the position became threadbare. Beyond Hanley Ramirez, Asdrubal Cabrera and Stephen Drew the cupboard is largely empty, leaving big-market clubs like the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers and Tigers -- all of which will ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Divorcing Josh Hamilton Was Exactly What the Rangers Needed to Do

    Shortly after Rangers general manager Jon Daniels swapped erratic right-hander Edinson Volquez and reliever Danny Herrera for Josh Hamilton five years ago, I placed seemingly unrealistic expectations on the troubled outfielder. "He has the potential to be the best center fielder in Rangers' history ... More >>

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    October 22, 2011

    Stealing the Mojo: Rangers-Cardinals World Series Game 3 Preview and Open Thread

    Texas RangersIan Kinsler completes the best defensive play I've seen in my 25 years watching the Fall Classic -- a diving stop by Elvis Andrus and flip to Kinsler with his glove to end the fifth inning of Game 2. Just spectacular athleticism displayed by Andrus.​If you've read my piece about S ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Whitt's End: 9.23.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Doomsday scenario for Monday Night Football: Quarterback Jon Kitna. Running back DeMarco Murray. Receivers Kevin Ogletree, Jesse Holley and Dwayne Harris. Center Kevin Kowalski. Left guard ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Rangers-Angels Take Baseball's Center Stage. Or at Least They Should.

    ​There are only two division races in baseball. And only one with playoff implications. As we play the regular season's final month the Tigers, Phillies, Brewers and Braves each have leads of at least 7 games with only 20 remaining. In the AL East the Yankees lead the Red Sox by 2.5, bu ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Michael Young Whiffs; Texas Rangers Lose

    ​Not saying by any means that it was an easy or routine play. As Rangers' manager Ron Washington said, the ball was "smoked." But it's a ball that third baseman Michael Young could've stopped, right?When Young did the ole on Casper Wells' hot shot in the 7th inning Wednesday night, I was remi ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Mike Adams Flops in His Rangers Debut. Even Worse Than Cliff Lee Flopped.

    Welcome to Texas?​The Titanic. Waterworld. Joey Galloway as a Cowboy. The Dallas Wave. And now, finding his sheepish spot among the worst debuts in the history of ever: Mike Adams, Texas Ranger. Ugliest opening act on our baseball team since waaay back, well, actually, since Cliff Lee stunk ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Rangers: 2 Losses 2 Trades = Better Team

    Newest Ranger Mike Adams​Your Rangers lost two of three in Toronto over the weekend, and came out of it a distinctly better team. How's that? Texas was handcuffed by (again) Brett Cecil Friday night and by Brandon Morrow Sunday afternoon. But more importantly, GM Jon Daniels pulled off ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Rangers Partying Like it's, well, June 2010

    ​Your Rangers have done what good, potentially great teams do: Beat shitty opponents. When the Rangers begin their series in Anaheim against the second-place Angels Tuesday night, it will be their first opponent with a winning record in a month. Amazing. Since playing the Brav ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Triumph Over Tragedy: Rangers Roll Into All-Star Break

    ​Thursday: The lowest point in the history of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Sunday: The high point of Texas' baseball season. Was sitting at a blackjack table in Las Vegas when I looked up and saw Nolan Ryan in front of a microphone on TV. As the closed caption scrolled "Josh is very di ... 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 >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    March 24, 2011
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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 >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Ten Items Worth a Look-See: Mavs, Stars, Cowboys, Rangers and Fox News Pundit Says Michael Vick "Should Have Been Executed"

    The fans gave him a break, and even President Obama applauded Vick's return to the NFL. Tucker Carlson of Fox News? Not so much.​10. Mark Teixeira says teammate Andy Pettitte's "probably leaning toward retirement," which is good news for the Texas Rangers and everyone else aiming to win the AL pen ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    2010 World Series - Rangers vs. Giants: GAME 5 Preview

    Cliff Lee vs. Tim Lincecum: Do or Dead. Nolan Ryan has seven no-hitters. Fergie Jenkins is a Hall of Famer who produced a 25-win season in Arlington. Kenny Rogers hurled a perfect game at Rangers Ballpark. But if I could pick any pitcher to be on the mound for the Texas Rangers in an eli ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Colby Lewis: Another One of JD's Genius Moves

    Sam MertenJon Daniels​Back on July 11, I spent a couple innings with Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels inside a luxury suite at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as the team finished a lousy four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles. His team would lose that day and limped into the All-S ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Nolan Ryan's Latest Rangers' Prediction: "I'll Take the World Series in Seven."

    Photos by Sam MertenNolan Ryan bites his lip after predicting that the Rangers will win the franchise's first World Series Championship this year.​Team president Nolan Ryan predicted a World Series victory for the Texas Rangers during a rally held this afternoon at the home plate gate outside ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Can Neftali Feliz Save Your Texas Rangers?

    ​He's converted 31 of 34 save chances. He struck out the side in Sunday's important 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. He's even gone to the dominating dreadlocks wrapped in a bandana. But when push comes to shove and the Texas Rangers need a crucial inning, do we trust Neftali ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    July 22, 2010

    Okay Cliff Lee, Show Us Your Stuff

    ​The Texas Rangers have a five-game lead in the American League West. Tonight they begin a four-game series with the second-place Anaheim Angels in Arlington. (And over the next 11 days they'll face the Angels seven times. How the West was won, anyone?) In other words, time for new pitching a ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Whitt's End: 7.9.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Hope last night doesn't come back to haunt the Texas Rangers down the road. Despite leading 4-0 with undefeated pitcher Tommy Hunter on the mound in Arlington, the Rangers imploded late and lost t ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010
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    July 8, 2010

    Are the Texas Rangers Good Enough to Dare Get Better?

    ​Let's don't talk too loud - might wake them up - but your Texas Rangers are suddenly 5.5 games ahead of the Anaheim Angels in the American League West. Another good start by Colby Lewis, another pivotal hit by Michael Young, another save by Neftali Feliz and, presto, a 4-3 win over ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    As Rangers Look to Add Another Game to Division Lead Tonight, a Reminder of the Architect of This Surprising Bunch

    Photos by Sam MertenAll-Stars Josh Hamilton and Elvis Andrus​As Richie mentions in this week's paper version of Unfair Park, the Texas Rangers could be headed toward their winningest season in franchise history, as they nabbed their 50th win of the season last night and increased their lead to ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    The Top 10 Most Underrated Players in the History of Dallas-Fort Worth

    ​Michael Young is crushing the ball. That's nothing new. He's also playing flawlessly in the field. Again, nothing new. And last night he sparked a Texas Rangers' 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles with first his bat, then his hustle. Want something else not so new? We underappreciate him ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Moves by Rangers at Winter Meetings Has Our Baseball Weenie Harden-ing

    Meet the Rangers' new ace: Rich Harden​Despite the financial restraints stemming from the team's unresolved ownership situation, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels skillfully inked the most dominant free-agent starter at this week's Winter Meetings in Indianapolis without adding payroll ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    American Baseball, the European Way

    ​Even if European soccer owner Tom Hicks convinced Major League Baseball to inject the same screwy tables that govern soccer into America's pasttime your Texas Rangers wouldn't be a playoff team. But, alas, they wouldn't be relegated, either. If baseball were run according to European soccer ... More >>

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    September 8, 2009

    The Texas Rangers and Their Holland Tunnel

    Now isn't the time for potential. It's the time for production. Right?​The Rangers' past is sucky and their future is murky. There are frightening skeletons in the closet and financial potholes down the road. The present, however, smells delicious. That's why Derek Holland should be taken o ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    Did Mike Jacobs Save Ron Washington's Job?

    Because the Kansas City Royals couldn't catch the ball, the Texas Rangers hung on to their manager. For now. After a 3-0 start that feels like months ago, the Rangers are 5-7. Not good, especially considering nine of those 12 have been at home and half against the lowly Orioles and Royals. But ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    One Kosher Statistic About Ian Kinsler's Hitting for the Cycle We'd Hate to Pass Over

    Now, Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler doesn't necessarily identify himself as Jewish -- his dad is, his mom ain't, and the guy was never bar mitzvahed. Though, as he told last August, he knows he's beloved in the Jewish community: "If you have any kind of Jewish ancestry attached to ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    The Rangers Are Losing Games, but Not Tom Hicks. So Sorry.

    Just when some of you - okay, and most of me - blamed the Texas Rangers' weekend sweep in Detroit on the lack of a certain rosy-hued sartorial splendor, we've got a new scapegoat. The Rangers wore red again last night. But they also handed the ball to a left-handed reliever. After C.J. Wilson u ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008

    Hatin' On Pinstripes

    See Damn Yankees in Fort Worth

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    July 3, 2008

    Past the Halfway Mark, the Texas Rangers Look Like Contenders and Pretenders

    While the All-Star Game is two weeks away, Your Texas Rangers are officially past the halfway point in the season and sit seven and a half games back of Los Angeles in the American League West following last night's drubbing at the hands of the New York Yankees. Which means it's that time of year wh ... More >>

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    April 8, 2008

    Tom Hicks Choose Arlington Over Anfield. Rangers Fans ... Um ... Rejoice?

    Note to Tom Hicks, surely a reader of blogs: Really, it's totally fine. You could have stayed in England today, for Liverpool FC's Champions League match against Arsenal. No need to rush home for the Texas Rangers' 1:05 p.m. first-pitch home-opener against the Baltimore Orioles. Sure, it's nice of y ... More >>

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    November 13, 2007

    Texas Rangers '08 Schedule Released -- We'll Be In Last By April 7!

    Because it totally makes sense to announce the schedule for the 2008 baseball season on November 13, the Texas Rangers today released next season's schedule and game times -- so, really, no pushing or shoving as you line up for season tix. For them's so interested, the first regular season game take ... More >>

  • News

    October 4, 2007

    Rangers: The Texas Treadmills

    Your Rangers yet again perfect the art of going nowhere fast

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    August 23, 2007
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    August 23, 2007

    30-3: Only the Eighth-Greatest Beatdown Ever?

    In honor of the Ranger’s 30-3 ass-whupping last night of the Baltimore Orioles, ESPN has compiled a list of the “greatest beatdowns” in sports history. The Ranger’s epic win last night (which left the network’s resident seamhead, Tim Kurkijian, so giddy his voice was cracking as he broke i ... More >>

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    March 29, 2007

    Play It Again, Sammy

    Can the Rangers' oldest rookie leave his diva days behind and deliver?

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    June 30, 2006

    Where Did You Go, Raffy Palmeiro?

    The Rafael Palmeiro most of us remember, before the steroid test that ruined his career. This morning's Baltimore Sun contains the first interview with former Texas Rangers first baseman Rafael Palmeiro since Congress cleared him of lying under oath. The paper's reporting that a year after failing a ... More >>

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    March 18, 2004

    Rained Out

    No refunds, Rangers fans, even though the dark clouds of the A-Rod trade threaten the entire season

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    September 26, 2002

    Enough to Make You Sick

    In the struggle for a shrinking pot of money from asbestos litigation, the sickest victims are getting nickels and dimes while lawyers get their millions

  • Music

    May 30, 2002

    Ain't Enough

    Terry Allen on everything, including baseball, passion and the art of epic lying

  • Culture

    July 13, 2000

    Unlucky Luis

    All-Star Tuesday should have been a great one for Rangers second baseman Alicea

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    May 27, 1999

    Texas ex

    Former Rangers manager Whitey Herzog loves baseball enough to hate it

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    May 21, 1998

    A bush league of their own

    Long before the Texas Rangers, major-league baseball was played in Dallas by a minor-league team called the Dallas Eagles

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    April 2, 1998

    Senor baseball

    Luis Mayoral's job with the Rangers isn't all brown and white

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    November 6, 1997

    Here's the pitch

    The Texas Rangers can't buy a win unless you pay up

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