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Hank Blalock

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Mitch Moreland Closes the Case at Rangers' 1st Base

    ​First place, thanks to 1st base. With his 11th-inning homer to beat the looming storm last night in Arlington, Mitch Moreland not only provided a walk-off win over the Houston Astros but also further cemented our confidence that he's the Rangers' 1st baseman of the present, and the futu ... More >>

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    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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Some Random, Frustrated Thoughts on Your Texas Rangers

    Yeah, he had some help. But he blew it.​*Catching and throwing the ball has rarely been a problem this season, but yesterday's 5-3 loss was hideously reminiscent of years gone by. First off, I blame C.J. Wilson. The worst thing you can do when protecting a 1-run lead is walk the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Pudge Over Potential

    ​I realize Pudge Rodriguez was brought here with the understanding he'd be a backup. But less than a week into his second coming, scuh-roo that! If starting Pudge throughout the three-game series against the Yankees that starts tonight in New York hurts Taylor Teagarden's wittle feewings or m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    The Texas Strangers No More

    Chicks dig the long ball. We all love the fireworks. But nobody is connected to home runs like your Texas Rangers. I know they have 20 sacrifice bunts, 78 stolen bases and a committment to try and manufacture runs this season, but in the end - same as it ever was - seems the Rangers' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Rangers Win Again; Chris Davis Finally Loses

    Who will we see in Arlington next: Him or Justin Smoak?Let's play three strikes with your Texas Rangers. Your first-place Texas Rangers. Yes, I am surprised. And impressed. Steeeriiiike One - Chris Davis demoted. Davis is a good guy with a great glove, but the Rangers could afford to be patie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Hank Blalock Saves Frankie Francisco's Ass/Texas Rangers' Season

    Bacon saved. Barely.The Rangers tip-toed perilously close to a lost season last night. Instead, they wound up jumping all over a won game. I know we're only two days into July, but coughing up a 7-1 lead and losing to the AL West division leaders last night might have been a kick to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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

    Texas Rangers Opening Day: Pre-Game Observations

      First pitch in T-minus two hours ... *When I stepped on the field at 9 a.m. it was 39 degrees. Factoring in the northern howl of about 30 mph and it felt, ya know, about 0. *You know it's a different, bigger day when you get on the press elevator and are greeted by secret service and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Strangers 9, Indians 1

    Seriously, who are these guys decked out in red? *The starting pitcher (Kevin Millwood) throws six shutout innings, the first Ranger to do so since Charlie Hough in 1989. *The 20-year-old shortstop (Elvis Andrus) gets a hit in his first at-bat and ranges on the first-base side of second, turning sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Whitt's End: 4.3.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Seems Highland Park-ex and potential No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick Matthew Stafford isn't comfortable talking with teams - specifically a psychologist for the San Francisco 49ers - about his parents' divo ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008
  • News

    October 2, 2008

    Status Woe

    Insane Rangers again take similar path to identical destination

  • News

    July 17, 2008

    Plan See

    With blueprints A and B trashed, the Rangers have stumbled onto a visually stimulating development

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008

    The Texas Strangers

    Another in a long line of shining, yet ultimately hollow moments. Another American League All-Star Game victory. Another significant Rangers contribution to the win. But in the big photo, does it really matter? Texas shortstop Michael Young provided the game-winning sacrifice fly in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2008
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    June 17, 2008

    Mark Teixeira: Grade the Trade.

    Somehow, the Rangers don't miss this guy's big bat. The Rangers have trotted out Ben Broussard, Chris Shelton and maybe soon even Hank Blalock to his old position. And in last month’s draft they picked the next him. But dig a little deeper – just a level or two down in the minors – an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2008

    Smoak ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

    The sooner he gets here, the better. My in-depth analysis of Rangers’ first-round draft choice Justin Smoak goes something like this: Can he be here by 7:05 p.m.? By most accounts, the switch-hitting first baseman from South Carolina is the next Chipper Jones or Mark Texeira. For damn sur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2008

    Memorial Day Weekend Leftovers

    Okay, enough grab-ass. On our way back to the grindstone, a little catching up: *Tony and Jessica are apparently the happiest un-couple ever. *Pacman Jones worked out at SMU yesterday and will wear No. 21 as a Cowboy. I guess No. $20,000 was taken. *Former Stars’ architect Doug Armstro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2008

    Now That Basketball Season's Almost Over, Guess It's Time For Baseball. Joy.

    Kevin Millwood, the Rangers' ... um ... ace? Sure, we'll go with "ace." One season commencing and another, um, crashing? Tonight on Fox Sports Net Southwest you can watch Your Texas Rangers begin another march toward mediocrity in their season opener against the Seattle Mariners at 5:40, followed b ... More >>

  • News

    March 13, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    February 27, 2008

    Play Ball! Notes from Texas Rangers Spring Training, Thus Far.

    CharleyPride.com The Pride of North Texas: Charley Pride, that is, an annual fixture at Rangers spring training SURPRISE, Arizona -- Eight months from now we’ll either remember this as the day your Texas Rangers commenced a stunning turnaround. Or, more likely, the day they unofficially officiall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2008
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    February 7, 2008

    Mavericks Don't Need Jason Kidd

    No joke, the Mavericks should pass on a major trade and allow this nucleus one more shot

  • News

    July 12, 2007

    Boy Blunder

    Is baseball's youngest general manager man enough to rebuild the Rangers?

  • News

    June 28, 2007

    Rangers Redux

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

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2007

    Actually, Yes, These Are Your Father’s Rangers

    A fool opined about how these new Texas Rangers would be constructed, and instructed, to win games not only by scores of 13-2 but also 3-2. Fool, meet gold. Er, copper. The teasing peep show we’ve seen the last eight years -- eye-popping blowouts negated by numerous close losses; gaudy offensive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2007

    Stinko de Mayo

    And then, living at the other end of Funtown, are Your Texas Rangers. Nobody should be rooting harder for the Mavs than the boys who forgot how to hit a baseball. The longer they’re ignored, the better. Remember way back in April, when a goofball columnist doubted Sammy Sosa’s production and ex ... More >>

  • News

    March 29, 2007

    Play It Again, Sammy

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

  • News

    February 8, 2007

    Washington Monument

    New Rangers manager injects hope and, yep, even optimism in Arlington

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2006

    Pick Your Pleasure (or Poison)

    www.marcusfootball.com With so many obvious sports options in front of ya this weekend, do the unexpected and check out upcoming high-school phenom Matt Faulkner instead? A sports weekend like this comes around only, oh, about once a decade. So many options, so little time. And TVs. If I were you, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    March 30, 2006

    The Curse of Sucking

    Is this the year the Texas Rangers finally...? Nah.

  • News

    March 31, 2005

    What, Them Worry?

    The Rangers seem happy. It must be a plot.

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Sports Columnist

    Gerry Fraley, The Dallas Morning News

  • Calendar

    May 20, 2004

    Now Boarding

    Hop on the bandwagon

  • News

    March 18, 2004

    Rained Out

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

  • News

    March 11, 2004

    Young's Town

    Texas' popular new shortstop is the man of the moment

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Locker-Room Conversation

    Mike Young and Hank Blalock

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003
  • News

    July 31, 2003

    Summer Reruns

    Before we talk football--go, fight, win!--one last look at the boring sports

  • News

    March 6, 2003

    The Buck Starts Here

    New Texas Rangers manager Buck Showalter makes the team much better. Problem is, he cant hit leadoff, play center field or pitch.

  • News

    September 19, 2002

    He Knows the Score

    Herbert Perry plays only until the next big-contract kid comes along

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