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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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    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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    September 5, 2012

    Time For Ron Washington to Stop Shilling For Ace Cash Express

    If you watch a Rangers game on TV for more than about five minutes, you're bound to encounter manager Ron Washington telling you wonderful things about Ace Cash Express. If you can ignore the glare from Washington's shiny pate -- he often appears sans baseball cap, even though he is a man who benefi ... 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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    October 14, 2011

    Memo to Ron Washington: It's the, Um, Postseason, Just In Case You Forgot

    Photos by Sam MertenPerhaps more than any of his players, Ron Washington needs to break out of his postseason slump.​After the Texas Rangers fired Buck Showalter following the 2006 season, general manager Jon Daniels interviewed five candidates. Of course, there was Ron Washington, a longtime ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Rangers: 2 Losses 2 Trades = Better Team

    Newest Ranger Mike Adams​Your Rangers lost two of three in Toronto over the weekend, and came out of it a distinctly better team. How's that? Texas was handcuffed by (again) Brett Cecil Friday night and by Brandon Morrow Sunday afternoon. But more importantly, GM Jon Daniels pulled off ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    The 50 Most Powerful Peeps in DFW Sports: Take 7

    ​Power is subjective. But when you see it -- when you sense it's immense influence -- you just know it. Each summer, as I construct my list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Metroplex Sports, the criteria gets a triple-digit tweaking. This year I deemed the allure of power  ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Leonys Martin's Long Ride to Center

    The Rangers' newest prospect fled communism in Cuba for center field in Frisco. He won't be there for long.

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    April 7, 2011

    Rangers Finish Perfect Homestand, With Help From Their Shiny New Toy

    ​The weather. The ring ceremony. The attendance. And, oh by the way, the results.When the Rangers beat reigning AL Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez 7-3 yesterday, it capped the perfect start to their encore season.They're now 6-0, joining the Cincinnati Reds as the only undefeated teams in base ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Whitt's End: 3.25.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Like me, do you think the Texas Rangers are kinda getting caught with their pants on the ground with their pitching staff exposed? The time to go get a reliable closer is not next year, it' ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Rangers Re-Do: Frankie Francisco for Mike Napoli

    ​Mike Napoli may help the Texas Rangers win some games this season, but right now he's a big pain in the butt. How's that? Because think of the team's landscape had general manager Jon Daniels not acquired Napoli from the Toronto Blue Jays on January 25 for reliever Frankie Francisco. If tha ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Rockies 11, Rangers 10: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Crowd last night was around 8,000, just a couple days after a record 12,000 for Rangers-Giants. As opposed to the Royals-A's on Tuesday, when I swear there weren't 1,000 people here. Nothing like a World Series to crowd the bandwagon. 9. I've said it before and I'll say it again: N ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Surprise, Surprise. Chuck Greenberg is ... Poof.

    ​And just like that, the man who saved Nolan Ryan's job with the Texas Rangers has been replaced. By Nolan Ryan. I heard rumblings about this a couple weeks ago. Even hinted in a Whitt's End and on 105.3 The Fan that there were - seemingly out of nowhere - cracks in the foundation of the re ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    "With a Heavy Heart," Chuck Greenberg On Why He's No Longer a Texas Ranger: He and Nolan Ryan Have "Somewhat Different Styles."

    Sam MertenChuck Greenberg at a press conference at the ballpark last August​Odd news to wake up to this morning: After being the man leading the charge to take control of the Texas Rangers last summer, and having been very much the public face of the franchise in the months since, Chuck Greenberg' ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011
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    January 26, 2011

    Not Sure I Get the Texas Rangers' Latest Trade ... For Another Catcher

    Adios, Frankie​A week after Texas Rangers team president Nolan Ryan said he's happy with the team and that his roster is set for spring training, his franchise made a trade yesterday. One I don't quite grasp. The Rangers sent reliever Frankie Francisco to the Toronto Blue Jays for veteran c ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Closing the Book on Cliff Lee, Who Would Have Loved Texas For the Right Price

    Sam MertenAdios, Cliff. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.​I know. I know. You're tired of hearing about Cliff Lee. He's a goner, and it's not like the Rangers didn't do their best to keep him here. Actually, I'd say Jon Daniels, Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg did too much in their attemp ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Rangers and Yanks Both Lose Cliff Lee Sweepstakes as Southpaw Heads Back to Philly

    Sam MertenThanks for the memories, Cliff.​After much procrastination, former Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee has decided to return to the Philadelphia Phillies, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, with Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeting that the deal is for five years and approximately $ ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    You Like the Texas Rangers More than Las Vegas

    ​Witnessed lots of folks outside Rangers Ballpark last night who believe in their baseball team. The Rangers Rally was a warm hug on a chilly night and the theory goes like this: The present belongs to the San Francisco Giants, but the future belongs to the Texas Rangers. You buyin' it? ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    2010 ALCS GAME 6 - Rangers 6, Yankees 1: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. In retrospect, a great call by Rangers' manager Ron Washington taking Nelson Cruz out of Game 5 early with a tight hamstring. Cruz hit the biggest homer in Rangers' history in the four-run 5th tonight, shoving Texas to a commanding 5-1 lead. 9. Claw > Antlers? Very cool surprise when ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Clearly, Tom Hicks and Family Having a Hard Time Saying Goodbye to the Texas Rangers

    ​About this time one week ago today, we received what I thought had to be The Last Word from Tom Hicks. Not so much: Moments ago yet another tear-stained adios arrived in the Unfair Park in-box, as Hicks chimes in to commemorate the for-real end of his 12-year tenure as owner of the Texas Rangers, ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010
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    July 29, 2010
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    July 22, 2010

    Mark Cuban is MLB-Approved! And Other Notes From Today's Texas Rangers Hearing.

    Hal SamplesTexas Rangers manager Ron Washington, GM Jon Daniels and their attorneys enter a Fort Worth courtroom this morning.​As promised, Sam just phoned in from outside the Fort Worth federal courthouse where, moments ago, Judge Michael Lynn sneak-peeked at where he's leaning concerning the pro ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Texas Rangers About to Take the First Steps of a Championship Journey

    ​This is no longer the year before the year. This, finally, is the year. After Neal McCoy's National Anthem and the obligatory military flyover and Roger Staubach's ceremonial first pitch, Texas Rangers' starter Scott Feldman will at 1:07 p.m. officially launch against the Toronto Blue Jays&n ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009
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    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 >>

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    July 31, 2009

    Whitt's End: 7.31.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Been buried in Camp Cowboys all week, but looks like 103.3 FM ESPN needs a new drive-time sidekick alongside Randy Galloway. Brian Estridge is leaving to co-host mornings on WBAP 820 AM with the l ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    Dallas Stars Downsize, Upgrade?

    On second thought, two heads aren't better than one.Since two girlfriends = one problem, the Dallas Stars have abruptly ended their dual general managers experiement. Out: Brett Hull/Les Jackson. In: Joe Nieuwendyk. Strange as it is to be talking hockey in June - unless, of course, you l ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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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    October 2, 2008

    Status Woe

    Insane Rangers again take similar path to identical destination

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    September 16, 2008
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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    May 13, 2008

    Ron Washington for Manager of the Year

    Owner Tom Hicks admits he almost asked for Ron Washington's jersey back There’s a contingency list for if and when the Texas Rangers’ season goes south. General manager Jon Daniels and president Nolan Ryan admit the team might revisit Ron Washington’s job status in July. And, as if the ma ... More >>

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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 >>

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    February 6, 2008

    Nolan Ryan's Premium Meat

    One thing I learned from the just-concluded media conference introducing Nolan Ryan as the Texas Rangers' new president: The Hall of Fame pitcher has "premium meat." That's what owner Tom Hicks said when asked how the hiring of Ryan would directly translate into wins -- Ryan's a winner, a good busin ... More >>

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    October 26, 2007
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    October 2, 2007

    The Texas Rangers Provided Us With Yet Another Season in Hell

    Another season, another last-place finish, another shrug, another yawn. In the wake of an obscure 75-87 disappointment that has already camouflaged itself alongside the other 22 losing seasons in franchise history, you’d like to hear something drastic or at least different from the Texas Rangers. ... More >>

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    July 12, 2007

    Forever Young

    Rub it in, dude, rub it in. In today's Chicago Tribune, columnist Phil Rogers -- a former Dallas Times Herald man, I might add -- offers up his mid-season baseball honors, and as far as he and the stats are concerned, there's no better pitcher in the National League than a former American Leaguer by ... More >>

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    May 16, 2007

    You Know Who Could Use Some Baseball? The Stinkin' Texas Rangers.

    Because Richie won't say it, we will: Tom Hicks, fire Jon Daniels. Then sell the team to a real owner. Come back, Bobby Valentine, all is forgiven. Tony Romo’s earned a new squeeze (insert joke about the end of his ball-bobbling days). And, in news just as unremarkable, the Rangers are, well, the ... More >>

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    March 29, 2007

    Welcome Wagon

    Tony Blei Sammy Sosa was more than so-so this spring. Which doesn't mean anything, we know. Less'n he can pitch. The Texas Rangers invite you to show up tonight as the team returns from spring training. Especially if you can pitch. I praise the Rangers' pitching staff one day, and next thing you k ... More >>

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    March 29, 2007

    Play It Again, Sammy

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

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    February 1, 2007

    Sounds Like Richie Could Use Some Baseball

    Ron Washington has us all very excited about the Rangers this season. Which means, of course, they'll still suck. But we'll be excited about it. You'll have to wait until 6 tonight on TNT to find out if Josh Howard joins Dirk Nowitzki as an NBA All-Star. And you'll have to wait until next week to le ... More >>

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    December 27, 2006

    Danks For Nuthin'

    Adios, John Danks, we hardly knew ya. No, seriously. We don't even know if this is a picture of John Danks. We're just taking a shot in the dark here. I'd swear during baseball's winter meetings earlier this month I heard Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels say something to the effect of, "Bla ... More >>

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    November 6, 2006

    Washington Monument

    Ron Washington is the new manager of Your Texas Rangers. He'll be introduced during a press conference today. Well, not yet. For now, it's simply Washington, manager. Before we roast the Cowboys for all they do wrong, let's take a minute to congratulate--surprise!--Your Texas Rangers. Instead of ha ... More >>

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    April 17, 2006

    Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

    The Texas Rangers have played 13 games. It's the equivalent of the Dallas Cowboys having just gone into overtime in their season opener. So should those of us who care about the local baseball team be as miserable after the 5-8 start, especially before the just-concluded trip to Oakland, as the loca ... More >>

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    March 9, 2006

    Oscar Overhaul

    The Academy--y-a-w-n--Awards desperately need a shot of sports

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