Derek Holland

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    July 18, 2014

    Dallas' Sports Teams Are Staffed By Idiots

    Ahh, the post All-Star Break, post World Cup, post LeBron, post everything doldrums. The Wednesday and Thursday after the Midsummer Classic have been proven -- by science! -- to be, along with Christmas Eve, the deadest days on the American sports calender. Clearly, local athletes are just as bored ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    TxDOT Believes This 700-Pound Smashed Smartphone Will Make You a Safer Driver

    The Texas Department of Transportation really, like seriously this time, thinks it's time for you to stop using your phone while you drive. They would also like all of us to stop eating, grooming and reading -- although presumably not road signs -- while operating our various means of conveyance. T ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Can the Rangers' Season Be Saved?

    Derek Holland. Matt Harrison. Martin Perez. Geovany Soto. Prince Fielder. Jurickson Profar. Engel Beltre. Three-fifths of the rotation, the starting catcher, the starting first baseman, the starting second baseman and the backup outfielder are currently not playing. This doesn't include players who ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Your 2014 Texas Rangers Nicknames

    Our 2013 Best of Dallas award winner, and Observer writer, Michael "Grubes" Gruber, is renowned for nicknaming Rangers players. In fact, if you follow him on Twitter (@tweetgrubes) like thousands of other people do, then his Diamond Tweets covering the Rangers games are largely incomprehensible with ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Baseball Jesus Has Forsaken the Texas Rangers

    O Baseball Jesus, why hast thou forsaken us? Just since yesterday, we have learned that Jurickson Profar will be out 10-12 weeks, Geovany Soto will be out 10-12 weeks and Yu Darvish, the projected Opening Day starter ... might not be available Opening Day.

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    October 24, 2013

    Derek Holland's Vow of Seriousness Was Remarkably Short-Lived

    Let's step back in time for a moment and revisit one of the key story lines going into the Texas Rangers' ultimately disappointing 2013 season. Here's how ESPN put it: And The Dallas Morning News:

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    September 23, 2013

    The Texas Rangers Just Saved an Arlington Little League Shut Down by $20,000 Theft

    Claudia Yamell Castillo may not come out atop North Texas' (unofficial) Most Hated Person list for September. With a week to go, that Balch Springs teen who beat a puppy's eye out with a tree branch has to be the current favorite. But Castillo is a strong contender for runner up. According to polic ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    Five Key Holes the Rangers Need to Fill This Winter, and How They Should Fill Them

    Just a few days after the 2012 MLB season kicked off in Japan, one of the elite players scheduled to become a free agent in the coming offseason took himself off the market. The Giants enticed Matt Cain to stay in San Francisco, signing him to a six-year, $127.5 million contract extension -- the mos ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    A Texas Rangers Midseason Report: It's Time to Go All In

    With the baseball season at the symbolic halfway point, we asked former Unfair Parker Sam Merten to root around in his beard and see if he could come up with anything to say. He obliged ... and obliged ... and ... Sports are unpredictable. That's why we watch. And there's no greater evidence than t ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012
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    February 20, 2012

    A Strange Derek Holland Photo I Would Frame

    Photo by Mike Brooks​Whilst awaiting some return calls on this slow Presidents Day I was flipping through Mike Brooks's two TicketStock slideshows, taken over the weekend at the Irving Convention Center. Toward the end of the first was this one, featuring Rangers lefty Derek Holland and ... I have ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Breaking Down the Texas Rangers Offseason Plans in the Wake of Coming So Close

    Photos courtesy Texas RangersNo need to place all of the blame on Nellie. There are plenty of other folks at fault for losing the World Series.​No matter how hard you try to find a scapegoat, the story of the 2011 World Series doesn't have a chapter about its version of Bill Buckner, nor shoul ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Final Gut Check: Rangers-Cardinals World Series Game 7 Preview and Open Thread

    St. Louis CardinalsTrying to forget this happened won't be easy for Texas, but they have to find a way if they want to salvage the championship.​As I've written before, I fell in love with the game of baseball in 1986 -- the first year I watched every inning of the World Series. Although I ha ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    "It's All Just One Big Happiness": Meet Ian Kinsler's Dad, Howard, Who Seems Awful Swell

    ​Those following along with our World Series open threads -- and, programming note, Sam's Game Six'er opens at around 6 -- know by now that my 8-year-old's favorite present-day Texas Ranger is Ian Kinsler, who he stuck with even during that awful 1-fer mid-summer slump. But after the jump, courtes ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Guts, Not Gaffes Give Texas an Opportunity for the Kill Shot: Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Game 6 Preview and Open Thread

    Texas RangersMike Napoli celebrates his game-winning double in the eighth inning of Game 5.​The intellect of one of the best managers and greatest players in baseball history short-circuited at the worst possible times for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the World Series, but Monday night ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Derek Holland Has a Very Messy Apartment, And Mike Napoli's Mom Is, Like, the Best

    Livin' The Dream: Derek Holland from MLB Players on Vimeo.Found these on Vimeo this morning: behind-the-scenes glimpses into the lives of Mike Na-po-li! and Derek Holland. They were produced by the Major League Baseball Players Association, part of a post-season web series titled "Livin' the Dream," ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 23, 2011

    Forgetting About Last Night and Entering Must-Win Mode: Texas Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Game 4 Preview and Open Thread

    St. Louis CardinalsAlbert Pujols joined Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson as the only players to hit three home runs in a World Series game. He also became the third player to have six RBI and the second player to have five hits in a World Series game. Oh, and he set a record for total bases as well with ... More >>

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    October 15, 2011

    The Power of Plan B: Texas Rangers-Detroit Tigers ALCS Game 6 Preview and Open Thread

    ​Not so long ago, Minnesota Twins backstop Joe Mauer was the consensus pick as baseball's best catcher. But the 2009 American League MVP, four-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner and .323 career hitter had another injury-plagued season in 2011 (missing significant time for "leg weaknes ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Fear the 'Stache: Texas Rangers-Detroit Tigers ALCS Game 2 Preview and Open Thread

    Back in February 2009, I penned a cover story about the Texas Rangers' new philosophy of relying on kiddos from their farm system instead of throwing big money at the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Chan Ho Park and Kevin Millwood. The youth movement was in full swing that spring as Elvis Andrus took over ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Rangers-Rays Game Four, the Open Thread

    ​Back, by popular demand, is today's ALDS Game 4 open thread as the Rangers try to finish out the Rays following last night's epic nail-biter -- so nerve-wracking even Nolan Ryan said it was "as stressful a game as I've sat through." Before we get to first pitch, once more we turn our attention to ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    The Tease That is Rangers Pitcher Derek Holland Continues, Escalates

    ​One night he's Sandy Koufax; the next Sandy Duncan. For two starts he's Kate Upton; then last night we get a heaping, hideous dose of Kate Smith. More? No? Get the picture? Good. Because when it comes to Rangers' starter Derek Holland, you never know if you're getting beauty or the beast. Af ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Whitt's End: 7.15.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Derek Holland looked unusually sharp from the first pitch last night. Seattle's woeful offensively. I had a feeling, so I Tweetcalled for a no-hitter in the bottom of the 1st. Holland took ... 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 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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    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 >>

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    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 7, 2011

    It's Never Too Early For Spring Training Knee-Jerk Reactions

    Photo by Sam MertenIan Kinsler could be gearing up for a career year.​You hear it every year around this time: Spring training stats are meaningless. And, sure, while that can be true for guys like Doug Deeds -- the 29-year-old career minor leaguer who's hitting .357 with two homers and four RBI f ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Texas Rangers' Pitching Staff: No. 3 in the AL West

    ​I fully admit it, at the end of last season I was calling for C.J. Wilson to pitch Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Considering the way he'd pitched all year and the way Cliff Lee had struggled at times it made sense. Turns out both pretty pitched damn skippy in the playof ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    As Chuck Greenberg Deals With Lee "Letdown," Rangers Release 2010 DVD Look-Back Tonight

    ​Shortly after the news broke that Cliff Lee is a Phillie once more late last night, Texas Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg posted to his Facebook page the following note:Tonight's news is a letdown, but I'm proud of our effort. Congratulations to Cliff and a heartfelt thank you for the role you play ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Let's Get Cliff Lee ... AND Zack Greinke

    ​Is that doable? Seems like it. Although the Kansas City Royals are reportedly getting impatient with the Texas Rangers' low-ball offers. I understand the odds are against the Rangers getting Lee, who is now also talking to the Boston Red Sox. But - dream with me here a little - how would a s ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Werth It? Doing the Rangers' Math as Fat Contracts Swirl Around MLB Winter Meetings.

    Photos by Sam MertenDamn. If Jayson Werth commands a seven-year, $126 million deal, how much is this guy worth?​Prior to the beginning of baseball's winter meetings yesterday at Walt Disney World Resort, a flurry of activity resulted in big-name players dealt and fat contracts inked. Predictab ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    2010 World Series GAME 2 - Giants 9, Rangers 0: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​ 10. Is there anything more hopeless - more frustrating - in all of sports than watching a baseball reliever not be able to throw a $%#@^&* @&^%ing strike?! Right before our very eyes the World Series deteriorated into a Little League game where incompetent, intimidated pi ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Angels 6, Rangers 5. Uh-oh?

    We trust in ... Omar Beltre?​For the first time in a long time, Darren Oliver sucked. For the first time since June 11, the Texas Rangers lost a road game. Not to panic, but a lot of things that have gone right lately for Texas went wrong in Tuesday night's 6-5 loss to the Angels in Anaheim ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Which Rangers' Pitcher Do You Most Fear?

    Welcome back.​Another weird game at Rangers Ballpark last night: *Something I've never seen: With Ian Kinsler caught dead along the third-base line during an aborted steal of home, Oakland A's starter Gio Gonzalez panicked and half-balked, half-wild-pitched him home with a crazy ass throw ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    The Texas Rangers May Trade Kevin Millwood, But They're Giving Away Holiday Cheer

    Danny FulgencioCraig Gentry was called up to the bigs in September, and now he's spreading major-league cheer at Children's.​Our Danny Fulgencio trailed some of Your Texas Rangers -- among them, Chris Davis, David Murphy, Ian Kinsler, Derek Holland and new hitting coach Clint Hurdle -- as they mad ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Rangers 7-0, Mariners 2-5

    C'mon Mr. Sunshine, we need you more than ever.​Uh-oh, another faceplant by Derek Holland. After a doubleheader split the Rangers trail Boston by 4 in the Wild Card and Anaheim by 6 in the West with 20 games remaining. If the Red Sox (who swept a doubleheader) and Angels (w ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Texas Rangers: The Hits Keep a Comin'

    Neftali Feliz likes him. So should you.​I have no idea who or what Omega El Fuerte is. But if it's good enough for Texas Rangers' fireballin' phenom Neftali Feliz, it's good enough for me. When the ridiculous rookie enters a game over the weekend in a crucial series against the Seattle Mari ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Entrance Music: The Texas Rangers Have Hits and Ice Cream.

    Over on his Sportatorium blog this morning, Observer sports columnist Richie Whitt checks in with the head of the Texas Rangers' in-game entertainment, Chuck Morgan. Uh, why care? Well, 'cause of this: Morgan's the guy who runs the music at the Ballpark, and he helps the players decide what ... 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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    August 14, 2009

    Whitt's End: 8.14.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Lots of you asking for a breakdown of the latest Arbitron PPM radio ratings for July. Not worth a separate item these days because - yawn - The Ticket's dynasty just rolls on. Dunham & Miller ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Rangers 2, Angels 1

    ​How you get shut down by Gio Gonzalez and then light up John Lackey I'll never know, but your Texas Rangers deflected the dirt from their coffin in Anaheim this weekend. I still don't think they'll catch the Angels or make the playoffs, but taking two of three in Californ ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009
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    July 8, 2009

    Rangers Win Game, Lose Potential Owner?

    Getting cold feet?Talked yesterday afternoon to David McDavid , he of the best odds to buy the Texas Rangers from Tom Hicks. Nothing definitive, but the auto tycoon has cooled slightly on the idea of owning our baseball team to the point where he said he is - for now - "leaning against i ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    April 23, 2009

    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Gotta make this snappy because this morning I'm headed to Jonestown Coliseum. Seems Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is holding a press conference to talk about this weekend's NFL Draft and - surprise! - a new radio partnership. Watched a wonderful, weird Rangers' game last night. Wei ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Play Ball! 5 Players the Rangers Need to Have a Good Spring Training

    Spring has sprung. Look out your window. And turn on your radio. Not only is it supposed to hit 80 degrees here today, but the Texas Rangers make their Spring Training debut on new weekday home 105.3 The Fan in, oh, about three hours. I know yesterday was the unofficial official opene ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009
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    January 22, 2009

    Bad Rangers' Pitching News and it's Only Friggin' January

    From the same team that lost Adam Eaton in spring training 2006 just hours after general manager Jon Daniels announced his starting rotation comes news that top pitching prospect Eric Hurley has undergone rotator cuff surgery and is out for the 2009 season. In news that will surprise no one: Ranger ... More >>

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