After Tweeting his way into infamy, former pitcher and sports-talker Mike Bacsik is getting a second chance. Does he deserve one?
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Last night Top Chef opened with our fair Tiffany Derry's boisterous guffaws. Ed, the cheftestant who is her show BFF and who totally adores her, was parading around in one of her dresses. At that point, with just six left in the contest, a little unflattering cross-dressing seemed an appropriate ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *If Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo gets hurt behind a patch-work offensive line Saturday night don't come crying to me. I don't think he should even suit up. There is exaggerated risk, and ... More >>
This just in from KTCK-AM -- you know, The Ticket: Mike Bacsik, the former footnote in baseball history who became Norm Hitzges's producer-slash-co-host and weekend show host, has been suspended by the station. Why come? Well, for tweeting nine little words last night that the former Washington N ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your rope, welcome to Whitt's End: *Don't care if you're a puckhead or merely a fan of storybook endings, you had to have been moved (to tears?) by Mike Modano's swan song at American Airlines Center Thursday night. In his final hom ... More >>
Meet the Rangers' new ace: Rich HardenDespite 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 >>
Next week, we find out more about Oakland. For now, one final peek inside the beltway:The 'Boys host the NFL's answer to the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Another fact about the team whose mascot wore a bonnet...The Redskins earned the nickname "Hogs" not for their eating habits, as many believ ... More >>
Even if European soccer owner Tom Hicks convinced Major League Baseball to inject the same screwy tables that govern soccer into America's pasttime your Texas Rangers wouldn't be a playoff team. But, alas, they wouldn't be relegated, either. If baseball were run according to European soccer ... More >>
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 >>
Sugar follows Miguel "Sugar" Santos through a Major League Baseball recruiting operation, from his home in the Dominican Republic to a minor-league season in an IowaRyan Fleck and Anna Boden's debut Half Nelson was one of the highlights of 2006, a nuanced look at a young teacher in an inner-city sch ... More >>
Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd's big-league career ended, where else, in Arlington. About halfway through 1991 season, the Texas Rangers acquired the pitcher from the Montreal Expos -- only to see the righty go 2-7 in 12 starts and toss out a 6.68 ERA, highest in his career. After that, he was out of the maj ... More >>
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