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  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Live Blog - Phillies 14 Rangers 10

    Hello everybody, from The Ballpark With the New Name. We're here at Rangers Opening Day, and will be documenting the thrills, the spills, and the silliness. Apologies for any mistakes - your live blogger is British, and thus totally unfit to document America's national pastime, no matter how much he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    May 24, 2012

    How Jimmy's Conquered Dallas

    How did a humble neighborhood bodega become the city's sausage king? With a recipe restaurants couldn't resist.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    If Signing Yu Darvish and Prince Fielder Are Mutually Exclusive, The Texas Rangers Might Be Better Off If Darvish Returns to Japan

    As Wednesday's 4 p.m. deadline nears in the negotiations between the Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish, the most significant hang-up is reportedly the 25-year-old's request for a five-year contract and the team's preference for a six-year deal, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. Understandably, Dar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Leaving on a High Note: Rangers-Cardinals World Series Game 5 Preview and Open Thread

    Texas RangersSouthpaw Derek Holland exits last night's masterpiece in style -- something C.J. Wilson and the Texas Rangers hope to emulate tonight.​I expected Derek Holland to finally realize his potential as a top-of-the-rotation arm in the American League Championship Series. That, of course ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Forever Young: Texas Rangers-Detroit Tigers ALCS Game 4 Preview and Open Thread

    Photo by Sam MertenElvis Andrus and a beardless Michael Young haven't hit their strides yet at the plate, but that's about to change. ​As depressing as it was, I believe Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was an anomaly, much like Game 1 of the ALDS. Nothing seemed right. And w ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Let's Get This DH Situation Addressed: Rangers Should Re-Sign Vladdy or Risk Getting Worse

    Sam MertenVladimir Guerrero​While the Texas Rangers waited for Cliff Lee to make up his mind, the best options to fill the team's hole at designated hitter flew off the board. The Chicago White Sox snatched up the two best fits, re-signing Paul Konerko for three years at $12.5 million per season a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Pending Brandon Webb Signing Shouldn't End Rangers' Pursuit of Starting Pitching

    Webb is a nice addition, but Texas should continue looking for another starter.​As expected, the Texas Rangers inked Brandon Webb to a one-year, incentive-laden contract reportedly worth around $3 million guaranteed with a potential for the veteran right-hander to earn between $8 million and $10 m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    My (Fausto) Carmona: Plan B Now That Cliff Lee and Zack Greinke Are Headed Elsewhere

    Trading for Fausto Carmona would help ease the pain of losing out on Lee and Greinke.​Since we can all feel OK about losing out on the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, it's fair to evaluate Jon Daniels' Plan B, especially with the trade of Zack Greinke -- easily the best pitcher to be had on the marke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Rangers vs. Giants: Grilled Crab at a Ballpark Instead of Nachos? This is America, Dammit.

    See you for Game Three.​Since City of Ate readers are the sort who might hesitate upon being offered a World Series ticket, taking a much-needed moment to wonder what they might find to eat at the game, we offer here a cheat sheet to the leading concessions at Rangers Ballpark and AT&T Park. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Whitt's End: 8.6.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Since you guys salivate over local radio news, here's a zesty taste: Starting August 16 the new program director at 105.3 The Fan will be Bruce Gilbert. Yep, the same Bruce Gilbert who helped buil ... More >>

  • News

    July 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Mark Cuban, Owner ... Texas Rangers?

    ​Say it is so. And, I'll be damned, it is. Taking three of four at Fenway for the first time in 15 years is impressive and acquiring Cliff Lee is intriguing, but the Texas Rangers luring Mark Cuban as a potential new owner is down right life-changing. (All I had to do was go on vacation and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Lore Bader of the Dallas Giants, Known to Put "Quite Some Vapor on the Baseball"

    Lore Bader of the Dallas Giants​Thanks to Friend of Unfair Park PeterK, I spent a good hour this morning boning up on the professional (and personal) life of Lore Verne Bader -- or "King" Bader or "Two Pairs" Bader, as the right-handed pitcher was known during a stint in the majors and minors that ... More >>

  • News

    February 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Yeah, But What If Baseball Went To The European Football Table?

    I know the Texas Rangers swept the previously mighty Boston Red Sox and we're all atwitter about the American League West division race heading into August ... September ... maybe even October? But what if baseball were governed according to, say, European football standards? You know, the top ... More >>

  • News

    February 5, 2009
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    January 22, 2009

    Meddling Maverick

    Mark Cuban aims his hands-on approach at Dallas' downtrodden southern sector.

  • News

    July 10, 2008

    The Fab 50

    Half a hundred power brokers who sculpt our local sports landscape

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2008

    Just How Did Josh Hamilton Wind Up the Texas Rangers' Savior, Anyway?

    Among the group of baseball jerseys in my closet -- behind Pudge's and A-Rod's Rangers ones -- there's an old, unworn Tampa Bay Devil Rays jersey with no name or number on it. When Tampa took Josh Hamilton with the No. 1 overall pick in 1999, I bought the jersey and waited to have Hamilton's name an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008

    Texas Rangers Making Contingency Plans In Case This Uptick is a Mirage

    On deck? According to two baseball sources I trust way farther than I could throw them, your Texas Rangers are making plans for when – not if – manager Ron Washington is fired this season. The Dallas Observer – via this here The Sportatorium sports blog – has learned from separate s ... More >>

  • News

    March 13, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 28, 2008

    The Resurrection of Josh Hamilton (And, Just Maybe, Your Texas Rangers?)

    Back in 1999, Josh Hamilton was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with the No. 1 pick in the draft. He was fresh out of high school, where he dominated at the plate, and on the mound Hamilton had all the tools, including a mid-90s fastball. All I ever read and heard about Hamilton was that he was ... More >>

  • News

    September 13, 2007

    Oh, My Papa

    Women want their daddies; men just want to be merry

  • News

    July 19, 2007

    The Fab Fifty

    Or, half a hundred folks with way better seats than you

  • News

    June 28, 2007

    Rangers Redux

    Desperate for an assist from Dallas, the Rangers implement yet another rebuilding plan

  • News

    June 7, 2007

    Cheaters Never Win?

    Don't whisper a word to the children, but hell yeah, of course they do

  • News

    April 5, 2007

    Mood Swings

    The Rangers' hitting coach is remarkable, resilient and really good at his job

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2007

    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

    Is it us, or does Eric Gagne look like Seth Rogen from The 40-Year-Old Virgin? SURPRISE, ARIZONA -- No, this guy didn't show up and go dumb yesterday afternoon here at Texas Rangers spring training. But this guy went deep. Twice. Which, for a team in desperate need of some thump from its outfield, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2006
  • News

    February 2, 2006

    Play It Forward

    Sports' smallest acts often come laced with giant implications

  • News

    February 10, 2005

    Good Grief

    Our columnist is a loser--again--which is more fun for us than him

  • News

    August 12, 2004

    All the Rage

    A year after Taylor Hootons suicide, Plano West Senior High is still in denial about steroid abuse

  • Film

    December 18, 2003

    Lucky in Love

    The Cooler, somewhat unbelievably, asks us to swallow a Las Vegas fairy tale

  • News

    May 8, 2003

    Life's a Pitch

    David Clyde was supposed to save the Texas Rangers. Thirty years later, he just wants 27 days of his old life back.

  • Dining

    December 5, 2002

    Creatures of Bad Habit

    Have we lost the art of drinking?

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    Green Giant

    Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug is credited with saving the lives of 1 billion people. So why is a small cadre of activists bent on tarnishing his legacy?

  • Music

    February 28, 2002

    The Other Side

    You could call The Dismemberment Plan boring. But you won't.

  • Film

    September 13, 2001

    Covering the Bases

    Hardball hits a few foul, but it's not all bad news

  • News

    May 3, 2001

    From Russia, with Love

    Just $25,000 gets you a bundle of hot Russian babes from one Dallas matchmaking firm. What more could a rich American geek ever ask for?

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Sleeping with the enemy

    Channel 11 and the Star-Telegram join forces against Channel 8 and the Morning News

  • News

    August 12, 1999

    Buzz

    The official word from the DMN on its arena investment

  • News

    March 25, 1999

    The spring of our discontent

    Raphael Palmeiro is hurt. Johnny Oates is grumpy. Pudge Rodriguez is acting like a spoiled brat. Lee Stevens just wants to play baseball. Welcome to Texas Rangers spring training.

  • News

    November 26, 1998

    Math wars

    Plano parents lay siege to enthusiasts of the "New New Math" in a fight over how to fix the sorry state of math instruction in the public schools

  • News

    September 17, 1998

    Bleeding arts

    When an alcoholic, a schizophrenic, and a homeless man get together and draw, the Stewpot calls it group therapy. Christina Rees calls it art.

  • News

    March 12, 1998

    Getting to first base

    Everyone's a contender during spring training, but can Will Clark and the Texas Rangers come back from last season's disappointments?

  • Culture

    February 5, 1998

    Stealing home

    Tom Hicks bought a baseball team, but he'll own an empire

  • Culture

    November 6, 1997

    Here's the pitch

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

  • Dining

    August 7, 1997

    A French toast

    La Mirabelle serves up fine French fare and holds the snootiness

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