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  • News

    October 31, 2013

    Be Proud, Chihuahuas

    The little dog is a fine metaphor, if not the best baseball team name.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Two Decades Later, a Cowboy Gets His Stolen Super Bowl Ring Back

    If wide receiver Lance Alworth isn't in the pantheon of Dallas Cowboys legends, it's because he spent the nine of his 11 Hall of Fame seasons with the San Diego Chargers. But it was with Dallas that he made the two most important catches of his career -- one to convert a third-and-long, the other fo ... More >>

  • News

    March 28, 2013

    Major League Baseball's Screwball Economics

    As another season begins, MLB faces an unsustainable future -- and you’re picking up the tab.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    If Signing Yu Darvish and Prince Fielder Are Mutually Exclusive, The Texas Rangers Might Be Better Off If Darvish Returns to Japan

    As Wednesday's 4 p.m. deadline nears in the negotiations between the Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish, the most significant hang-up is reportedly the 25-year-old's request for a five-year contract and the team's preference for a six-year deal, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. Understandably, Dar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Yo, Adrian! Rangers Officially Ink Beltre to Six-Year, $96 Million Contract

    Photos by Sam MertenJon Daniels, Adrian Beltre, Ron Washington and Scott Boras celebrate Beltre's new contract. Nolan Ryan, Chuck Greenberg and Thad Levine were also on hand for the occasion.​As we speculated on the night Cliff Lee agreed to his contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Tex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Pending Brandon Webb Signing Shouldn't End Rangers' Pursuit of Starting Pitching

    Webb is a nice addition, but Texas should continue looking for another starter.​As expected, the Texas Rangers inked Brandon Webb to a one-year, incentive-laden contract reportedly worth around $3 million guaranteed with a potential for the veteran right-hander to earn between $8 million and $10 m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Werth It? Doing the Rangers' Math as Fat Contracts Swirl Around MLB Winter Meetings.

    Photos by Sam MertenDamn. If Jayson Werth commands a seven-year, $126 million deal, how much is this guy worth?​Prior to the beginning of baseball's winter meetings yesterday at Walt Disney World Resort, a flurry of activity resulted in big-name players dealt and fat contracts inked. Predictab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Rangers Reeling, But We're Not Worried. Yet. Right?

    ​The Texas Rangers haven't won a game since last Wednesday. They've dropped four in a row - including a 7-2 Labor Day thrashing at the hands of the Blue Jays in Toronto and one of the wildest, worst endings to a game you ever did see on Sunday in Minnesota - and seven of their last nine. Pitc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Baseball Saying Yes to No

    Ah, the good ol' days. Are they here again?​Tampa Bay Rays' pitcher Matt Garza tossed a no-hitter last night. It was the fifth this season in Major League Baseball, most since 1991. Funny thing is, now the San Diego Padres and New York Mets are the only current teams wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    As Rangers Look to Add Another Game to Division Lead Tonight, a Reminder of the Architect of This Surprising Bunch

    Photos by Sam MertenAll-Stars Josh Hamilton and Elvis Andrus​As 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    April 1, 2010
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    March 18, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Texas Rangers: Soar, Then Stoop

    Some days the Rangers seem legit; others full of saline.​Got this "friend" named Newy Scruggs. He has his theory that the Texas Rangers "play well against the big boys." Hogwash I'd tell him, until the Rangers took two of three against the Angels last weekend. Then I watch Texas last night ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Yeah, But What If Baseball Went To The European Football Table?

    I know the Texas Rangers swept the previously mighty Boston Red Sox and we're all atwitter about the American League West division race heading into August ... September ... maybe even October? But what if baseball were governed according to, say, European football standards? You know, the top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Will Your Texas Rangers Ever See First Place Again?

    Maybe we starting celebrating singles?Notable deaths in the last week: Ed McMahon. Farrah Fawcett. Michael Jackson. Billy Mays. The Texas Rangers? After getting 1-hit last night by someone named Chad Gaudin and losing two of three to a San Diego Padres outfit that hadn't won a serie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Whitt's End: 6.19.09

    Whether you're at the end of you're rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *If you saw the abortion that was Joe Buck Live on HBO Monday night, know this: It could have been much worse. How's that? Guess who Buck begged and pleaded to have on his virginal voyage? That's ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Last Night in Washington, Republicans Needed More than "Candlesticks" from Joe Barton

    Patrick MichelsRep. Joe Barton, doing his best La RussaWASHINGTON, D.C. -- With Arlington's own Rep. Joe Barton at the helm last night, the Republicans suffered a tough defeat in Washington, out-fielded and out-hit 15-10 by Democrats in the annual Congressional Baseball Game.Barton, a 22-year vetera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Whitt's End: 3.27.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Dallas Police Chief David Kunkel can apologize all he wants for the indefensible actions of Robert Powell, but unless the officer is fired it will be a complete and utter injustice. Powell, who detained, ... More >>

  • News

    February 5, 2009
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    December 18, 2008

    A Christmas List for Jon Daniels

    Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, who spent most of last week his colleagues in Las Vegas for baseball's Winter Meetings, has been relatively quiet as the offseason reaches the halfway point. Thus far, he has dealt Gerald Laird to the Detroit Tigers and Wes Littleton to the Boston Red Sox f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2008

    The Texas Rangers' Milton Bradley, the Hot-Head with a Hot Bat, Has Gotta Go

    When the Texas Rangers signed Milton Bradley this offseason, I was elated; Richie Whitt, not so much. At the time, I said Bradley could be an interesting trade chip, much like Eric Gagne and Kenny Lofton were last year. And now that Bradley's having an all-star caliber season -- and another all-star ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2008

    A Move Tom Hicks Can Be Proud Of? Believe It

    Your Texas Rangers are no longer the worst team in baseball, as Colorado and San Diego have struggled mightily with 12-21 records after fighting it out for the National League wild card last season. But despite winning five of its last seven games, Texas is still tied with Detroit and Seattle for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2008

    Your Texas Rangers Are Bidding on Hosting the 2015 All-Star Game

    The program from the Ballpark's sole hosting of MLB's All-Star extravaganza Spent a cold, damp, freaky foggy Saturday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for the team’s annual mid-winter Fan Fest. Biggest news: A li'l baseball birdie told me the Rangers are in the process of officially bidding to hos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    July 12, 2007

    Boy Blunder

    Is baseball's youngest general manager man enough to rebuild the Rangers?

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2006

    The Lone Ranger

    Whenever we see a picture of Chris Young in a Padres uniform, we cry just a little. Then we drink and cry some more. Then we drunk-dial Adam Eaton. Since firing Texas Rangers manager Buck Showalter a week ago, general manager Jon Daniels has been quiet about a replacement. Hitting coach Rudy Jaramil ... More >>

  • News

    September 28, 2006

    Déjà Boo

    Another Rangers season ends in a familiar Hunt for Dead October

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2006

    Eaton Up

    Better late than never: Adam Eaton, acquired from San Diego in the offseason, finally pitches for Your Texas Rangers tonight against the Yanks. In between booing the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez tonight at Ameriquest Field, take a gander at the pitcher on the mound for your Texas Rangers. It'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2006

    The Texas Strangers

    Don't look now--no, really, don't look, you might miss the Mavs in the NBA Finals--but your baseball team is somehow in first place into June. I say somehow because, considering the moves that have backfired, what the Texas Rangers are accomplishing would make David Blaine do a double-take. Consider ... More >>

  • News

    June 16, 2005

    Balls Out

    How to throw a no-hitter on acid, and other lessons from the career of baseball legend Dock Ellis

  • News

    March 17, 2005

    Hart Attack

    Everybody loves a winner? Tell it to Rangers GM John Hart.

  • News

    May 27, 2004

    Going Deep

    The Cowboys want to move back to Fair Park--so, there goes the neighborhood?

  • Music

    August 5, 1999

    No Limit Tour

    Starplex Amphitheatre, August 6

  • 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

  • Culture

    March 5, 1998

    Stopped short

    Kevin Elster was through with baseball once, but it was not finished with him

  • Culture

    February 5, 1998

    Stealing home

    Tom Hicks bought a baseball team, but he'll own an empire

  • Culture

    February 2, 1995

    Hall of Fame hunt

    Nolan Ryan takes aim--at birds instead of batters

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