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    March 28, 2013

    Major League Baseball's Screwball Economics

    As another season begins, MLB faces an unsustainable future -- and you’re picking up the tab.

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    August 23, 2012
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    September 28, 2011

    Begin 2011's Post-Season Play By Reliving Texas Rangers' 2010 World Series Run in MLB Spot

    ​Thanks to my 8-year-old son's intense but not at all unpleasant love affair with baseball, I've spent way too many evenings in recent days glued to the MLB Network watching Tampa Bay and/or Boston slug it out to see which team lands the American League wild-card spot. Because if the Rangers beat ... More >>

  • News

    September 22, 2011

    Michael Young: Half Man, Half Hitting Machine

    Though slumps and stardom, all Michael Young does is hit.

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    September 13, 2011

    Rangers Closer to Raising AL West Pennant, Funds for Shannon Stone

    ​Yep, the Angels somehow lost to this laughable outfit again last night -- Anaheim has given up the division by going 5-9 against the A's -- shoving the Rangers' lead in the AL West up to 3 with 15 remaining and trimming their magic number to 13. Nelson Cruz should be off the DL and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Last Chance to Get in Line for Rangers Playoff Tickets, Fingers Crossed, and Other Game Notes

    It's Colby v. McCarthy tonight. Hang on.​Nice to see our sports columnist thinks the race for the AL West is "over." Still, though, coulda sworn the Rangers have 18 games left on the schedule, including three against the Angels at season's end; the magic number remains a far-from-over 17. Guess th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 10, 2011

    The Rangers Keep Walking Off to Hold Off the Angels

    ​Driving back from San Antonio last night I was re-introduced to the Rangers. Hello, drama! After overcoming deficits of 7-2 and 3-0 in the 8th inning in wins over the Indians last weekend, the Rangers -- thanks to a bad, postpartum outing by Alexi Ogando -- spotted the lowly Mariners a 6-3 l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2011

    Upon His Return to Arlington, David Clyde on His Bittersweet Legacy as a Texas Ranger

    Via historicimages-store on eBayThe 18-year-old David Clyde being informed he's now a Texas Ranger in June 1973​We began talking at 11:55 Thursday night and wrapped up some time after 1 Friday morning. But, what else did he have to do? "I'm just drivin'," he said, "somewhere on I-45, a little clos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Whitt's Merten's End: 12.31.10

    One of Sports Pickle's best photos of 2010​It's been a fun two weeks, sports fans. Richie's back on Monday, but before I give him back his blog, here are some week-end thoughts before I go. *Sunday's Cowboys-Eagles game looks like it might be the first NFL start for Stephen McGee as Jon Kitna ... 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 >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    July 8, 2010
  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Future Headline: Rangers Fan Seriously Injured Scrambling for Homer on Greene's Hill

    Greene's Hill​The Texas Rangers - and the fan who tumbled over the railing and fell 30 feet into a lower deck while chasing a foul ball - were lucky last night at the ballpark in Arlington. As Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said, "A fatality could have happened there." The adult male fan wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Sorry, But Michael Young Isn't an All-Star in 2010

    ​While June begat nothing but good news and great play for your Texas Rangers, July so far is about as much fun as a Roman Candle to the belly button. They were thumped by the lowly Cleveland Indians Monday night and have now lost five of seven after that 13-1 stretch. Out of n ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010
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    September 9, 2009

    The Resilient Rangers: Episode XLV

    This Rangers' playoff run has had more twists and turns than a ... well, you know.​At this point don't fear the valleys, just enjoy the roller-coaster. Just when - yet again - it seemed your Texas Rangers were going to fall out of playoff contention by not scoring a single run in their last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Texas Rangers: Soar, Then Stoop

    Some days the Rangers seem legit; others full of saline.​Got this "friend" named Newy Scruggs. He has his theory that the Texas Rangers "play well against the big boys." Hogwash I'd tell him, until the Rangers took two of three against the Angels last weekend. Then I watch Texas last night ... More >>

  • News

    April 9, 2009

    After a Dynamic Season Opener, Rangers Fans are Seeing Red

    The Rangers' debut was shockingly accessorized by pitching, defense and, don't look now, relevance.

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Steeeeerrrrriiiiiiiiike One!

    Minutes after two jets shook our loins with a flyover, the 43rd President of the United States strode to the mound - the mound, not the rubber - and fired a ceremonial first-pitch strike to Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton. The Prez, who somehow received nary a boo, then autographed the ball f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    The 2009 Starting Pitcher for Your Texas Rangers: Dubya

      This is not the time to talk politics. It's the time to talk baseball. I'll put my liberal left leaning on hold today because the Texas Rangers have announced - no surprise - that former Prez and former co-owner George W. Bush will throw out the first pitch before next Monday's season op ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Rangers Spring Training Grades

    Only 19 days until the Texas Rangers open the 2009 regular season at home against the Cleveland Indians. In other words, time for some mid-spring training grades. So far, so good I'd have to say. No major injuries. Josh Hamilton is pounding the ball. Michael Young is flawlessly fielding grounde ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    So ... Will the Sheets Hit The Fan?

    With the New York Mets signing Oliver Perez, the Texas Rangers' chances of landing free-agent pitcher Ben Sheets just got stronger. Likewise, their radio signal for 2009 is also beefed up. The announcement that Rangers' weekday games will be broadcast on 105.3 The Fan means that 110 of Texas' 162 wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    A Christmas List for Jon Daniels

    Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, who spent most of last week his colleagues in Las Vegas for baseball's Winter Meetings, has been relatively quiet as the offseason reaches the halfway point. Thus far, he has dealt Gerald Laird to the Detroit Tigers and Wes Littleton to the Boston Red Sox f ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008
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    September 17, 2008

    Hey, Look Over Here. It's Next Year!

    While slumbering along toward the finish line of a disappointing 2008, your Texas Rangers today are providing a distraction: Their 2009 schedule, otherwise known as next year's map to failure. The Rangers open 2009 on Monday, April 6 at home against the Cleveland Indians. Here's betting they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2008

    The Texas Rangers' Milton Bradley, the Hot-Head with a Hot Bat, Has Gotta Go

    When the Texas Rangers signed Milton Bradley this offseason, I was elated; Richie Whitt, not so much. At the time, I said Bradley could be an interesting trade chip, much like Eric Gagne and Kenny Lofton were last year. And now that Bradley's having an all-star caliber season -- and another all-star ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2008

    The Rangers are Sending a Pitcher to the Mound Tonight. Duck!

    Come for the offense. Stay for the fireworks. Leave when the pitching commences. The Texas Rangers’ offense is stunning. Josh Hamilton leads the planet in everything, will likely be an All-Star starter and is the American League’s first player to win consecutive Player of the Month awar ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • News

    May 22, 2008

    Ask A Mexican

    Laughter is a universal language; comedy isn't

  • 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

    April 3, 2008

    Ask A Mexican

    There is no fool like an April Fool.

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    December 13, 2007
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    September 6, 2007

    Chief Beef, Joey Kendall, Veloura

    Thursday, September 6, at Andy's, Denton

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    April 5, 2007
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    September 28, 2006

    Déjà Boo

    Another Rangers season ends in a familiar Hunt for Dead October

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    September 25, 2006

    The Hunt for Dead October

    The Rangers will probaby finish the season below .500. For that, you have these two men to thank, among many. And, no, that's Jon Daniels at left, not Tom Hicks' bat boy. Alas, another fall without baseball has arrived in the metroplex. I took a masochistic field trip to the Texas Rangers' home fina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2006

    Juan Long Island

    Juan Gonzalez ain't no Roy Tarpley, but it's gotta be a very close second. Looks like today is a sportsy day in Unfair Park. So, on that note... On Saturday, the New York Daily News ran a story about a mysterious bag found at Pearson International Airport in Toronto three weeks after September 11, 2 ... More >>

  • News

    March 27, 2003

    Ay Caramba!

    Catcher Einar Diaz must take over for Pudge and educate our columnist

  • Culture

    August 24, 2000

    Break a Leg

    For injured star rookie Ruben Mateo, the only certainty is his comeback isn't a sure thing

  • Culture

    August 19, 1999

    Journeymen of summer

    Root, root, root for the home team -- whoever they are

  • News

    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

  • Culture

    November 6, 1997

    Here's the pitch

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

  • Culture

    November 2, 1995

    The making of Mike Hargrove

    It took a tender Texan to get the Cleveland Indians into the World Series

  • Culture

    May 4, 1995

    Bad start

    Everything seems different at the Ballpark--except on the field

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