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    July 30, 2012

    Why (and How) the Rangers Should Go All In as the Trade Deadline Looms

    What a week for Your Texas Rangers. Nolan Ryan and Ron Washington took turns publicly ripping Josh Hamilton for the alarming lack of discipline he's displayed at the plate, increasing the likelihood that he'll be headed elsewhere this offseason. Fans booed the slumping slugger at home for the firs ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    November 23, 2011

    After Club Signs Nathan, Moves Neffy to Rotation, Rangers Offer Wilson Arbitration

    ​My bad. Been meaning to get back in here and post something, anything, of note, and there's been plenty in recent days. And as Josh's Broken Groin notes, it's been way too long. So then, to today's Breaking, or Broken, Rangers News: The club has offered salary arbitration for next season to C.J. ... 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 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 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 19, 2011

    Albert Pujols Better Than Joltin' Joe? Say It Ain't So!: Texas Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Preview and Game 1 Open Thread

    Texas RangersGives you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside, doesn't it?​It's finally here. Pinch yourself. Your Texas Rangers are back in the World Series, and this time feels much different than last year's playoff run. There's a confidence flowing through my body that just wasn't there before, a ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    It's Never Too Early For Playoff Baseball

    Josh Hamilton just before he drove in Ian Kinsler to win last night's ballgame​Took the boy to the ballpark last night, where, Chuck Morgan told us, we were joined by a little more than 25,000 others -- not bad for a 193-degree start-timer against the lowly Mariners, but not great either. Not now, ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Whitt's End: 7.29.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I know one practice doesn't make a career and, as Bill Parcells says, let's hold off on shipping that bust to Canton, but Cowboys' first-round draft pick Tyron Smith looks like a beast ... 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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    July 11, 2011

    Triumph Over Tragedy: Rangers Roll Into All-Star Break

    ​Thursday: The lowest point in the history of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Sunday: The high point of Texas' baseball season. Was sitting at a blackjack table in Las Vegas when I looked up and saw Nolan Ryan in front of a microphone on TV. As the closed caption scrolled "Josh is very di ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Why We Love Sports in America: 2011

    ​Since I'm out on vacation next week let me get to this Fourth of July tradition a little early: Happy Birthday, America. Our country turns the ripe old age of 235 on Monday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I'll make time this weekend remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to have a ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Well, That Didn't Take Long: Welcome Back, Josh and Nelson

    ​Yesterday I surmised that the Rangers' offense would suddenly improve with the returns of sluggers Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. But not me -- nor even Texas -- thought it would happen that fast. Or that far. Fresh off the disabled list, Hamilton homered in his first at-bat and Cruz ad ... 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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    May 10, 2011

    The Rangers Aren't Winning, and Now C.J. Wilson is ... Whining?

    ​Hello, win column! third place.The Rangers started 9-1. But since Josh Hamilton broke his arm on that daring/dumb dash for home plate in Detroit on April 12, they're 9-17.That equals 18-18. That equals -- for the first time since April 30, 2010 -- third place in the AL West behind the Angels ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    While the Bullpen Further Implodes and the Losses Mount, There is Good Texas Rangers News

    ​Watched Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler totally half-ass and boot a grounder Sunday afternoon in Oakland. On Monday Elvis Andrus made his seventh error of the season. Thought to myself, This team is getting lazy. Suddenly the laziness is compounded by the losing. Last night the beleaguer ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Rangers 26, Red Sox 11: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. That, my friends, was about as thorough a three-game sweep as you can produce. The Rangers out-scored Boston by 15 runs and slugged 11 homers. And that wasn't the Royals, remember -- it came against the team most experts predict will represent the AL in the 2011 World Series. 9. Mos ... 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 16, 2011

    Michael Young: Still Here. Still Hitting.

    ​Don't know what else to call it, I'm just getting a weird vibe here in Surprise, Arizona. The defending American League champion Texas Rangers somehow only have two starters (C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis) inked into the rotation. Their elite closer (Neftali Feliz) might be a starter but ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Making the Best of a Bad Situation: What Texas Should Do to Resolve Michael Young Mess

    Photos by Sam Merten​Even before Michael Young demanded to be traded, the likelihood that he'd swap uniforms before the expiration of his contract in 2013 seemed like a long shot at best. Despite a résumé that includes six All-Star nods, a batting title, an (undeserving) Gold Glove and five cons ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Whitt's End: 1.14.11

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Jerry Jones is desperate to break the Super Bowl attendance record, set at the Rose Bowl back in 1980. To do so, he needs to pack 104,000 into Cowboys Stadium. Or around it? He wants to sell ticke ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Rangers Considering Trading Michael Young, Because No One - Almost - is Untouchable

    ​The Texas Rangers aren't pro-actively shopping Michael Young. They're simply listening when other teams call to talk about him. We can't have a problem with this, can we? As I noted occasionally in the playoffs, Young's limited mobility at third was on the verge of making him a defensive lia ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    November 19, 2010

    Whitt's End: 11.19.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Next Tuesday Josh Hamilton wins AL MVP. Right? *The good news: Greggo's "pus pockets" are gone. The bad: He's been told not to talk for 10 days. Ten! Means a couple things. 1. Summon RoboGreggo fr ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Stop it. Ron Washington Did Not Get Hosed.

    ​Texas Rangers' manager Ron Washington deserves credit. But not a trophy. I was neither surprised nor disappointed yesterday when Minnesota Twins' skipper Ron Gardenhire was named American League Manager of the Year. While he led his team to 94 wins and a division championship despi ... 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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    November 2, 2010

    The Top 10 Best Moments From the Texas Rangers' 2010 Playoff Run

    ​And what a ride it was ... 10. After an generous incorrect no-call on a check swing, Michael Young blasts a three-run homer to center field on the next pitch as Texas races to a 5-0 lead in Game 2 of the ALDS en route to a 2-0 series lead in Tampa Bay. 9. Presidents Bush and Dubya ... More >>

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    October 30, 2010

    2010 World Series GAME 3 - Rangers 4, Giants 2: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Yes metroplex, for the first time ever there will be baseball ... in November. Regardless of Tommy Hunter in tonight's Game 4, Game 5 will be Monday night, Novembrer 1, at Rangers Ballpark at 6:57. And oh, by the way Giants fans, you know where you can stick those brooms. 9. During the ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    2010 ALCS GAME 5 - Yankees 7, Rangers 2: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. The better team didn't win Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, but the more desperate team did. The Rangers are on a magical, unprecedented playoff roll, but asking them to be good enough - to be mature enough - to sweep the 95-win defending champions in New York was unrealistic. Those of ... More >>

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    October 16, 2010

    2010 ALCS GAME 2 - Rangers 7, Yankees 2: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. I've never seen a scarier, more intense 5-run baseball game in my life. With closer Neftali Feliz flying 98-mph fastballs all over the joint in the 9th, the tension felt as though it were 3-2 instead of 7-2. 9. I know Elvis Andrus gets credit for manufacturing a 1-0 lead with his "A ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Whitt's End: 10.15.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *There's probably some heart-over-head at work here, but I'm picking Rangers in 7. If Neftali Feliz doesn't blow a save and if the Rangers can avoid letting the Yankees' mystique force a mis ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010
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    August 5, 2010
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    July 29, 2010
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    July 8, 2010

    Are the Texas Rangers Good Enough to Dare Get Better?

    ​Let's don't talk too loud - might wake them up - but your Texas Rangers are suddenly 5.5 games ahead of the Anaheim Angels in the American League West. Another good start by Colby Lewis, another pivotal hit by Michael Young, another save by Neftali Feliz and, presto, a 4-3 win over ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Texas Rangers: More Buck For Their Bang

    ​Strangely successful season for your Rangers so far. In spring training manager Ron Washington admitted to using cocaine. Their catching tandem is Matt Treanor-Max Ramirez, instead of the planned Jarrod Saltalamacchia-Taylor Teagarden. Chris Davis is gone, and forgotten? Their elite closer ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Rangers 12, Mariners 2: My Top 10 Observations

    He's alive. And well.​10. Josh Hamilton may never return to the 2008 form in which he already had 17 homers and 67 RBI through 59 games, but all the sudden he's a pretty dang good hitter. The drop to fifth in the order and the loss of the toe-tap timing mechanism have done wonders. Ham ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Atta Boy, Jon Daniels

    ​Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels took a lot of crap early in his career. Altogether now ...    Chris Young and Adrian Gonzalez to the San Diego Padres for who?! If you remember the answer is Adam Eaton, you have an idea of just how far Daniels has progressed. As if sque ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Texas Rangers: Less Fireworks, More Fun?

    ​And now, for two facts that have never ever gone together in the past: 1. The Texas Rangers are 10th in the American League (out of 14 teams) in home runs. 2. The Texas Rangers have a winning record. I know. Weird. When the Rangers beat the woeful Kansas City Royals on Sunday, they did it wi ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Whitt's End: 3.12.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I said upon hearing the Josh Howard-for-Caron Butler trade during the NBA All-Star break that the Dallas Mavericks were not only re-shaping their roster but re-booting their playoff prospects. I h ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    96 Wins? It's Up to You, Josh Hamilton

    ​Last year, in the midst of camouflaging a late-night plunge from the wagon, Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton arrived at spring training and predicted his team would win 90 games. Despite his shocking, anemic year of inproductivity, the Rangers managed 87 wins and held our interest in ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Moves by Rangers at Winter Meetings Has Our Baseball Weenie Harden-ing

    Meet the Rangers' new ace: Rich Harden​Despite the financial restraints stemming from the team's unresolved ownership situation, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels skillfully inked the most dominant free-agent starter at this week's Winter Meetings in Indianapolis without adding payroll ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009
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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 6, 2009
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    May 22, 2009

    Whitt's End: 5.22.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *You'll have to savor this offering like a cow with its cud, because this morning I'm headed out to the Byron Nelson to chug margaritas and chase girls in The Pavilion watch golf and conduct research ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    Whitt's End: 1.16.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *My summation of Thursday's dramatic plane crash/rescue in New York's Hudson River: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!! *Found it funny that, although the crash happened at 2:30, Larry Kin ... More >>

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    March 3, 2008

    Why Can't the Texas Rangers Always Play the Kansas City Royals?

    SURPRISE, Arizona -- After a week in Arizona I can honestly say the Texas Rangers have a chance to win the World Series. That is, if the league suddenly dissolves to just them and the Kansas City Royals. The Rangers beat K.C. 8-7 yesterday, improving to 3-0 against their Spring Training bunk mates. ... More >>

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