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    September 29, 2014

    A Eulogy for the 2014 Texas Rangers

    The signs were there on opening day. Tanner Scheppers, the Rangers' starting pitcher, was making his first major league start, not because he'd stated a case that he deserved to start the first game of the season, but because of injury. The bullpen, similarly beset by injuries, would melt down in sp ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    The Five Best DFW Honky-Tonks

    To call a place a honky-tonk is almost as nebulous as labeling a place a dive bar. Ask five different people what one is, and you're more than likely to get six different answers. Of course, North Texas has dozens of places that complement any of them. The earliest published mentions of the term h ... 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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    September 1, 2011

    Um, Shouldn't You Have Asked Me These Questions Before I Got on the Plane?

    ​Got home from the airport last night just in time to see Channel 8's piece on how Dallas PD and the FBI are prepping for the 10th anniversary of September 11. Would have been home a little sooner, but, ya know, I stopped by a Northwest Highway construction site. Oh -- and I was briefly detained b ... 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

    Rangers to Honor Blyleven On ... Wait. What's This? Foxy Brown's Throwing a First Pitch?

    ​While we await some return phone calls and sift through some rather nutty legal docs, let's take a closer look at this release the Texas Rangers' John Blake sent out announcing some highlights from the upcoming homestand that begins tomorrow with games against the Jays. Because there are some int ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    The Tragic Accident at the Ballpark Last Night

    At 10:02 last night, an email from the Texas Rangers arrived in the in-box bearing the subject heading "Statement From Texas Rangers CEO and President Nolan Ryan." This is what it said: The adult male who during tonight's game fell approximately 20 feet from section 5 in the left field lower reserve ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Give Ron Washington Credit for His Desperation Flip-Flop

    ​Rangers' manager Ron Washington loves status quo. Likes the same ol' routine of it all. When something extraordinary happens in the game he delivers his pet philosophical phrase: "That's the way baseball go." But in the midst of watching his team lose seven of nine games and seven of eight ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    My Top 5 Worries About the Texas Rangers at Spring Training

    ​I know that stats are usually meaningless during baseball's spring training. But trends and feels aren't. The San Francisco Giants won the Cactus League in 2010 with an 23-12 record, but their opponent in the World Series - your Texas Rangers - went a last-place 10-19. Pitchers are usua ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Texas Rangers' Pitching Staff: No. 3 in the AL West

    ​I fully admit it, at the end of last season I was calling for C.J. Wilson to pitch Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Considering the way he'd pitched all year and the way Cliff Lee had struggled at times it made sense. Turns out both pretty pitched damn skippy in the playof ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Whitt's End: 1.21.11

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *So the Dallas Cowboys hire loquacious, bombastic, entertaining new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan not with a press conference but only a press release? That's like hiring Ricky Gervais to emcee th ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    As Chuck Greenberg Deals With Lee "Letdown," Rangers Release 2010 DVD Look-Back Tonight

    ​Shortly after the news broke that Cliff Lee is a Phillie once more late last night, Texas Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg posted to his Facebook page the following note:Tonight's news is a letdown, but I'm proud of our effort. Congratulations to Cliff and a heartfelt thank you for the role you play ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    "The Old Rangers Are Gone."

    ​That quote, from Texas Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg, is the theme of this morning's World Series round-up.It comes from an interview in USA Today concerning the prospects of keeping Cliff Lee, which doesn't sound like the impossibility others have made it out to be; says Lee, beating the San Fra ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    The Ballad of Ron Washington

    Over on, Richard Durrett tells the tale of how Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels came to hire Ron Washington instead of one of the four other contenders for the skipper's gig following Buck Showalter's ouster: Manny Acta, John Russell, Trey Hillman or Don Wakamatsu. Washington ... 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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    October 9, 2010

    GAME 3 - Rays 6, Rangers 3: My Top 10 Observations

    ​ ​10. 'Twas an occurrence about as rare as Halley's Comet this afternoon out here at Rangers Ballpark. In the Rangers' 39-year history they've played 3,092 home games in Arlington. Game 3 was only the fifth playoff contest. Texas is 0-5 all-time in home playoff games. 9. In ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Whitt's End: 10.8.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *A sentence I thought I'd never live long enough to type: The American League Championship Series -- Texas Rangers v. New York Yankees -- starts one week from today at Rangers Ballpark in ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    While We Rip the Rangers, Let's Praise Ron Washington

    ​I was thinking the other day - after another mindless, rambling post-game press conference - at how Texas Rangers' manager Ron Washington was deteriorating into weirdspeak. He not only trips over simple subject-verb conjugation, but recently his synopsis has read like a play-by-play review. ... More >>

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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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    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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    May 14, 2010

    Whitt's End: 5.14.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *This is why I thought Ron Washington should have been fired on the spot last summer when he first told Texas Rangers' management about his cocaine use: He can't be trusted. Twice in the last two w ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Which Rangers' Pitcher Do You Most Fear?

    Welcome back.​Another weird game at Rangers Ballpark last night: *Something I've never seen: With Ian Kinsler caught dead along the third-base line during an aborted steal of home, Oakland A's starter Gio Gonzalez panicked and half-balked, half-wild-pitched him home with a crazy ass throw ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    This is the Problem I Have With Rangers' Manager Ron Washington

    ​I like Ron Washington. Really do. I don't necessarily trust his relentless optimism about everything and I lost a lot of respect for him for using cocaine in the middle of last season, but I like him. There is a part of him, however, that I don't like. His in-game decisions as a basebal ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Ron Washington = Hot Seat?

    ​I know. It's early. The Texas Rangers' season is exactly two weeks old. But there are ominous signs, no? Getting swept by the Yankees in New York isn't Apocalyptic. But mustering only eight runs in four games is troublesome. More so, the 5-7 Rangers have already blown two wins with thei ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Whitt's End: 4.16.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Not only should Dirk Nowitzki be on the first-team All-NBA squad and a legit MVP candidate, he'll be unstoppable against the Spurs. San Antonio has its nucleus back - Tim Duncan, Manu Ginob ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010
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    March 18, 2010

    Clearly, Everything Gets a Logo These Days, Even Stuff About to Get Blowed Up

    ​Impossible to retrace the myriad steps that led me here this morning: to The Official Texas Stadium Implosion Web site, where you'll find a lengthy video shot inside the joint during Tuesday's media show-and-tell. I must say: This is a logo I can get behind: The artwork's playfully retro (like fe ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 17, 2009

    The Resilient Rangers

    Now that's more like it.​Okay, I'm impressed. Friday night's kick-to-the-crotch loss to the Boston Red Sox felt like that moment. Big game. Big crowd. Gigantic implosion. Frankie Francisco's blown save - six runs - felt like the big-bang instant in which a demoralized, gutted bunch of Texas ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    Shooting Star

    No doubt the man who once held the Cup now calls the shots.So I'm gone a week and two major coaching deals? Ron Washington: In. Dave Tippett: Out. How can that be? I'll get to Wash later this week, but I'm still trying to figure out new Stars' GM Joe Nieuwendyk's decision to replace the likea ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Whitt's End: 5.15.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Of the Texas Rangers' hot start - they are 20-14 compared to 14-20 last year - the most amazing feat is pitcher Matt Harrison's back-to-back complete games. If you're looking for Nolan Ryan's st ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    Rangers Survive April, and The Aporkalypse

    Regardless the outcome of this afternoon's pitching duel between Vicente Padilla and Bobby Bragan, it's already - I'm sorry, I'm being told the Oakland pitcher is actually Dallas Braden - a successful April for the Texas Rangers. Not only has Texas not had any players succumb to the international fl ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Play Baaaaaaalllllllllll!

    No time to dilly-daddle this morning, as I'm headed out to Arlington for Texas Rangers' Opening Day. Gotta get there in time to beat some traffic, smell the fresh-cut grass and, of course, see former Prez George W. Bush throw out the first pitch. I know it'll never happen, but wouldn't Dubya's ... 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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    March 30, 2009

    The 2009 Starting Pitcher for Your Texas Rangers: Dubya

      This is not the time to talk politics. It's the time to talk baseball. I'll put my liberal left leaning on hold today because the Texas Rangers have announced - no surprise - that former Prez and former co-owner George W. Bush will throw out the first pitch before next Monday's season op ... More >>

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    February 23, 2009

    Oscar Overhaul: Ahem, Where Was Sports?

    I generally agree with Jerry Seinfeld. On everything. Including the Oscars. During a show at, of all places, UTA's Texas Hall in '02 the comedian quipped, "Worst thing about The Oscars is that they never tell you the final scores. We're Americans. We not only want to know who won, but by h ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    You Could Use Some ... Baseball?

    Approximately 5,000 fans braved freezing temperatures and decades of losing at Saturday's Rangers Fan Fest in Arlington. I was one of them. The highlights: *General manager Jon Daniels says he's recently talked to shortstop third baseman Michael Young and that their relationship is on the ... More >>

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    September 24, 2008

    Ron Washington Channels Chuck Woolery

    Gorgeous day. Let's play two! On second thought, let's just play one and call it a season. There are 16 people in the right-field upper deck here in Arlington. Counted 'em myself. That was after, of course, I spent some quality time in the Rangers' clubhouse before today's home finale. * ... More >>

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    September 9, 2008

    We’re No. 2! We’re No. 2!

    Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Came across a quote from Texas Rangers’ bench Art Howe this morning that summed up the perverted perspective of our local baseball team: “ … if we finish second, we’ve had a heck of a year, no matter what our record is be ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008

    My Crystal Baseball

    Grover back to Arlington? Could happen. Don’t hit the breaking news sounder. And don’t come in here telling me to out my sources. This is just a gut feeling. Don’t be surprised if Mike Hargrove manages your Texas Rangers in 2009. According to this, he wants back in baseball. And accord ... More >>

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    June 3, 2008

    The Rangers are Sending a Pitcher to the Mound Tonight. Duck!

    Come for the offense. Stay for the fireworks. Leave when the pitching commences. The Texas Rangers’ offense is stunning. Josh Hamilton leads the planet in everything, will likely be an All-Star starter and is the American League’s first player to win consecutive Player of the Month awar ... More >>

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    May 28, 2008

    Hump Day for the Rangers? Almost.

    Last time we saw a Ranger on the cover gas was $1.20 and this guy was a high-school sophomore. You haven’t even made it to your afternoon smoke break and already the Rangers have again failed to summit Mount Mediocrity. For the fourth time in the last two weeks Texas needed a win to get a ... More >>

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    May 9, 2008
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    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 >>

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    May 8, 2008

    Elsewhere on

    Hal Samples is on the list of people to whom TVT Records owes quite a bit of money. If I may direct your attention to our other blogs ... Over on The Sportatorium, Richie brings news that Your Texas Rangers have indeed begun talking to other folks who might be interested in managing the team if and ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008

    Anaheimlich Maneuver

    Well, that was fun. We spent Tuesday getting our asses handed to us by Southern California, by a combined score of 11-6. First, the Texas Rangers bumbled their way to a 7-4 loss, followed by the Dallas Stars' humbling 4-2 defeat at the wings of the Mighty Ducks. The good news: The Mavs finish the r ... More >>

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    April 4, 2007

    Eight Runs, Reruns -- All the Same to the Rangers

    I still can't believe this is how Ed Bark spends his time: watching local TV ratings so, thank God, the rest of us don't have to. And I do love this tidbit from this morning's ratings recap: The Mavs' hardfought, Dirk-less road win over the Sacramento Kings averaged 171,360 homes and easily was th ... More >>

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    April 3, 2007

    How Many Times Does a Guy Have to Say "No," Anyway?

    At this moment, 836 people want Mark Cuban to own the Chicago Cubs; it's science, you can look it up. Now you can add to that list Alan Schwarz of The New York Times, who this morning goes where Radar Online's has gone before: to the Cuban's buying the Chicago Cubs well. See, yesterday the Tribune C ... 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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    November 29, 2006

    Cold Stove Rangers

    So, the best the Rangers could do this off-season was acquire Frank Catalanotto? Been there, done that, right? The Ron Washington Era is off to a stumbling start. Phil Bennett is coming back to SMU. Bill Parcells has been invited back to the Dallas Cowboys. But, as for your Texas Rangers, everyone ... More >>

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