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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Matt Garza's widely considered to be the best starter available, but could a better pitcher be had for the right price?It's almost Christmas, and the Texas Rangers haven't done anything to address the hole in the rotation left behind when Cliff Lee signed with the Philadelphia Phillies and th ... More >>
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 >>
Photos by Sam MertenAll-Stars Josh Hamilton and Elvis AndrusAs 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 >>
Armando Galaragga was the only thing of value Jon Daniels was able to get from the Alfonso Soriano trade. Then he gave him away for a player the Rangers released. Whoops.
You want more hot-stove baseball talk from Sam? Merry Christmas ...
As mentioned yesterday, Jon Daniels is entering his fourt ... More >>
Here in The Sportatorium, every now and then we like to talk baseball. I mean hard-core, balls-and-strikes baseball.
By "every now and then" I mean this morning. And by "we", of course, I mean seamhead colleague Sam Merten.
Sam, the floor is yours:
For those of you distracted by Sean Avery's ... More >>
Your Texas Rangers are the type of guy who would go out and buy a classic '57 Chevy - in '67. They invite you over to check out their new 8-track tape player. And - 10 years after being left at the altar by an All-Star pitcher in his prime - they keep throwing millions at Randy Johnson.
In 199 ... More >>