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    September 24, 2014

    Tanking Update: Time Is Running Out For the Rangers to Start Losing Again

    The last time Unfair Park mentioned that the Rangers were looking a little too competitive, the team proceeded to lose 14 of 20, so we decided we should speak up again. Under the temporary -- for now at least -- leadership of Tim Bogar, the Rangers have won 9 of their last 10 games. They've risen o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Who the Rangers Should Hire to Replace Ron Washington

    Unfair Park has no concrete information as to who the Rangers are going to hire to replace Ron Washington, who resigned abruptly Friday afternoon. If we had to guess, we'd say the club is likely to hire an internal candidate. Former Rangers third baseman Steve Buechele currently manages the team's T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Eli Young Band Announce Second-Annual House Party at Globe Life Park

    Last year Denton's Eli Young Band packed country into Globe Life Park in Arlington for the first installment of its cheekily named House Party concert. Last night Young and company revealed their plans for the follow-up at the home of the Texas Ranger, which will be held Novemeber 8. This year, thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Rangers Catcher Geovany Soto Caught with Weed, Which Is Pretty Understandable, Really

    After being swept at home by the Houston Astros (!), your Texas Rangers now own the worst record in baseball. Suffering through injuries and errors, they've been at a total loss, with no solutions, nothing to ease the pain, nowhere to turn. Until now. Catcher Geovany Soto was arrested in Grapevine ... More >>

  • 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 >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Rangers Pitcher Tanner Scheppers Hit an Astros Catcher in the Face with a 96 mph Fastball Last Night

    Earlier this week, the Houston Astros called up Max Stassi from the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks. On Tuesday, he made his Major League Debut against the Rangers, going a solid 2-3. On Wednesday, he faced Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers. Things did not go very well. On the SportsCenter replay, fa ... More >>

  • News

    July 4, 2013

    Not So Minor League

    Cheap beer, affordable tickets, swanky surroundings — what’s not to like about minor and independent league baseball parks?

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    The Texas Rangers Will Host the Entire City of West, Texas in July

    Free baseball tickets aren't going to rebuild the town of West, Texas or bring back the 15 people who were killed when a fertilizer plant exploded there on April 17. But it's certainly a nice gesture on the part of the Texas Rangers, who announced today that they've invited basically the entire city ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    All-Star Ballpark Food From Around the Country

    Searching for photos of amazing ballpark food is like a self-inflicted wound. At the end of it all, I'm overwhelmed with the pain I've caused myself. Thanks to everyone's inclination to take pictures of food they eat, here's an ode to great ballpark food. (With one caveat: no hotdogs. That's a whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Gloria's is Expanding to Houston. MILF Alert?

    The first bit of news here is that Gloria's is expanding its Salvadorian food empire yet again. The restaurant's website confirms they are scheduled to open their first place in Houston this spring, which would make 14 altogether, including one in Austin. The second bit of news is that, according ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Exploring Texas Rangers' Options as Wheelin' and Dealin' Begins at Hilton Anatole

    Photo by Sam MertenThe scene yesterday afternoon in the lobby of the Hilton Anatole.​Likely bracing for the departure of free-agent hurler C.J. Wilson, the Texas Rangers have already inked former Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan to a two-year, $14.5 million contract and announced Neftali Feli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Cruz-ing to Another World Series: Rangers-Tigers ALCS Game 5 Preview and Open Thread

    Photos by Sam MertenNelson Cruz giving me a free ticket to the gun show last year.As the trade deadline approached in July 2006, it seemed inevitable that Jon Daniels would make a bold move to bolster a mediocre offense in his first season as general manager. He targeted the best hitter on the mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Turns Out, Jim Crane May Own an AL West Team After All ... the Houston Astros. Wha?

    ​The Houston Astros are this close to being sold, as Drayton McLane is set to sell the franchise to Jim Crane for $660 million, pending league approval. (And, yes, that's the same Jim Crane who tried to buy the Texas Rangers out of bankruptcy last year.) The deal's expected to be done in a matter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Nolan Ryan Hospitalized in Houston with Heart Problems. Yikes.

    ​From the Rangers: Nolan Ryan was hospitalized in Houston after experiencing discomfort early Sunday morning at his home in Georgetown, Texas. Mr. Ryan will undergo tests on Monday for what is believed to be a recurrence of the heart condition which he has previously experienced. Mr. Ryan is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Whitt's End: 7.1.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Rangers return from Houston today to start a series in Arlington against the lowly Florida Marlins. Did anyone go to the airport to see the Silver Boot as Nolan Ryan triumphantly raised it? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Did Josh Hamilton Have Alligator Arms? Yes. Will He Be in the Lineup Again Tonight? YES!

    ​After Tuesday night's 7-3 victory over the hapless Houston Astros, we can fit the Rangers for another Silver Boot. Texas got homers from Josh Hamilton, Mitch Moreland and Ian Kinsler and C.J. Wilson cruised against baseball's worst team. A favorable ump call helped the Rangers in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Texas Rangers and Josh Hamilton Are Fighting the Summer Blues

    ​Alexi Ogando has suddenly produced three consecutive outings of five innings or less. Fourth outfielder David Murphy just went 1 of 9 to drop his average to .233. And the Rangers have lost 12 of their last 19 -- including 3-3 on a homestand against the Astros and Mets -- in clinging to&n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Just When You Think He's Alright, Neftali Feliz Blows One to the ... Lastros

    'Twasn't as good last night​Was gonna construct a list of the Rangers' worst losses this season, then I realized after last night's 5-3 self-Heimlich to the Houston Astros ... there is no No. 2.Two-run lead in the 9th. All-Star closer Neftali Feliz on the mound. At home. Against the wo ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    The Top 10 Lamest "Rivalries" in Sports

    ​As I watched Mitch Moreland's gargantuan, 472-foot homer sail into the soon-to-be stormy June night, I was reminded that the Rangers-Astros' fight should be stopped on account of inhumane bludgeonry. Moreland's blast -- tied for third-longest in baseball this season -- capped an 8-3 Texas c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    And Then ... There Was Baseball. Rangers, Your Move.

    Yorvit Torrealba and the Rangers should get healthy against baseball's worst Astros ​When we last left our Rangers they and pitcher Derek Holland were clubbed around in New York by the Yankees. Not, no last Wednesday. Way back on April 16.It was hours after the Rangers' 5-2 loss in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    All Right, All Right, All Right: McConaughey To Throw Out First Pitch at Rangers Game Friday

    ​Your Texas Rangers play the New York Yankees on Friday night, first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Got tickets? It'd be a lot cooler if you did.Because, see, the Rangers just sent word that Matthew McConaughey will toss out the ceremonial first pitch, right before he heads to Houston to pick up Aerosmith tic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Texas Rangers Auction Showdown: Mark Cuban vs. Nolan Ryan

    Chuck Greenberg: Chief Stalking Horse​In advance of tomorrow's bankruptcy auction in Judge Michael Lynn's Fort Worth court room, initial bids must be in by 8 tonight. Up for sale: The Texas Rangers. Prospective buyers: Chuck Greenberg/Nolan Ryan and Mark Cuban. While Dallas businessman J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Rangers Win Again on Field, Stumble Again in Court

    ​Tweak it. Or trash it. That's the charge from the bankruptcy judge in the Texas Rangers' proposed sale from Tom Hicks to Chuck Greenberg. When the judge decries that the Rangers have to modify their current plan - but not add more money to the deal - it seems like a win for the creditors, ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Texas Rangers: Stick To It? Or Go For It?

    ​After years and a decade of wandering aimlessly from youth movement to patch-it-together-retread program to losing season, the Texas Rangers in 2007 gave general manager Jon Daniels a contract extension and a mission: Rebuild the farm system. Build a major-league winner. Three summers later ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Josh Hamilton Partying Like It's ... 2008

    ​Back in March at Texas Rangers spring training out in Surprise, Arizona I asked team president Nolan Ryan his expectations this season for Josh Hamilton. Is the real Josh the player who had 54 RBI by June 1 in 2008 or the player who hit only 10 homers between numerous injuries in 2009? "Some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    How Hicks is Trying to Foul Up Rangers' Sale and Why MLB Won't Let Him

    ​Yesterday, Tom Hicks all but told reporters gathered in Boston that the pending sale of the Texas Rangers to Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan's Rangers Baseball Express is dead. But why, the very week Greenberg had hoped to have the deal done, did Hicks choose to say it now? That's the $570-million ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2010

    Everything Old is New Again in Arlington, On the Brink of a New Rangers Season

    Patrick MichelsMichael Young takes a few cuts before Friday night's exhibition.​For the first time since fall, the smell of hot dogs on the grills overtook the Ballpark in Arlington Friday afternoon, as the stadium came rumbled back to life for an evening exhibition against the Royals -- ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010
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    January 12, 2010

    'Roid Rage: Mark McGwire - Yawn - Apologizes to Baseball

    ​I guess the question at this point is, do you give a crap? About baseball players and their steroid use? During the 1998 Major League Baseball season I went to Houston a couple times as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to cover the magical home-run chase between the St. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Rangers, Hicks Continue to Speed Date Would-Be Buyers. This Week: Dennis Gilbert.

    Dennis Gilbert​Last month, the Startlegram outed former Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco agent Dennis Gilbert as a would-be buyer of Your Texas Rangers, which the Beverly Hills-based Gilbert wouldn't confirm at the time. That made sense: He's still in pro ball (he reviews contracts for the Chicago Whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Would-Be Owners of Your Texas Rangers Have Been Parading Through Arlington This Week

    ​Reuters was right: Last week, the news service reported that the three parties interested in taking the Texas Rangers off Tom Hicks's hands would be in Arlington this week to meet and greet with team bigwigs. And, so far, so good: According to Official Statements from the LeMaster Group, which ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Whitt's End: 10.2.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Former Carter High School star Michael Crabtree may not be a bad guy, but he's following some horrible advice. Friend of a friend of Crabtree tells me that he and the 49ers remain $10 million ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    What's Next, Kevin Millwood on Waivers?

    ​Buddy of mine took his 9-year-old to the Rangers game Monday night in Arlington. Kid, not surprisingly, wanted some ice cream. In one of those cool, plastic Rangers helmet cups. One problem: "They didn't have any Rangers helmet cups," my buddy tells me. "They had run out. They told us they o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Houston Cries For Pudge, Claims Its Music History Beats Dallas'

    ​Our ears were burning, so we went ahead and checked out what our counterparts at the Observer's sister paper in Houston, the Press, was up to on its music blog lately. And, sure enough, it's all Dallas all the time down in H-Town these days.(OK, not really, but two posts over the span of a week? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    BREAKING NEWS: Pudge a Ranger, Again!

    ​Wow. The greatest all-time Texas Ranger is coming home. Despite Kevin Richardson's two-hit debut in last night's win, the Texas Rangers are this close to trading for catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez. The deal, according to a team source I just got off the phone with, would send two "mid-level" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    The Top 10 All-Time Texas Rangers in the History of Ever

    Very cool moment last night: The greatest player in Texas Rangers history - now a Houston Astro - smacks a 5th-inning homer and receives a standing ovation. Stay classy, Arlington. On a day when Toby Harrah and Ruben Sierra were elected into the Rangers' Hall of Fame, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez rem ... More >>

  • News

    August 21, 2008

    Pitch Perfect

    The Grand Prairie AirHogs are willing to do whatever it takes to make you a fan. And that includes win.

  • 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

    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
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    February 6, 2008

    The Ryan Express is Back in Arlington

    After hemming and hawing last week about the chance to become the president of Your Texas Rangers, Nolan Ryan has accepted the gig, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram moments ago. Last week, the Hall of Famer met with Rangers officials to discuss the possibility of his replacing Jeff Cogen, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2007

    Last Places or Famous Faces?

    You could head out to Arlington this weekend to watch the dreadful Rangers take on the equally horrible Houston Astros in a laughable battle for something called the Silver Boot. Ya know, cheer our “hero” Sammy Sosa, who smacked all except 587 of his 600 homers in uniforms other than Texas'. (If ... More >>

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    November 1, 2006
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    May 31, 2006

    Rocket Landing

    Sports Illustrated They don't call him The Rocket for nothing. Those hoping the Texas Rangers' World Series push would be led by Roger Clemens, get a clue. Baseball's worst-kept secret became official this morning when the seven-time Cy Young Award-winner signed a one-year, $22 million contract wit ... More >>

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    Perfect game

    When Reid Ryan wanted Round Rock voters to build a stadium for his minor-league baseball team, he turned to the one pitchman no good Texan could refuse -- his dad, Nolan

  • 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

  • Music

    August 8, 1996

    Proud papa

    A first album is born, among other things

  • Culture

    April 6, 1995

    The last hurrah

    The strike is over, but pain lingers

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