10. Pitchers and catchers report today. Means backyard pool parties and bikinis can't be far behind.
9. Whatever happens the first week of camp, it can't be more shocking than a year ago when manager Ron Washington announced that he had snorted cocaine the previous season.
8. Last year's motto: It's Time! This year's: 3 More Wins! I'm curious to see if the defending American League champs with the reigning AL MVP have a swagger about them this spring. In the past it's always been a barrel full of ifs.
7. Not that there aren't still ifs, right Brandon Webb?
6. The first time new third baseman Adrian Beltre dives to his left, stops a grounder down the line and throws to first for an out, the Rangers will be a significantly better defensive team.
5. If first baseman Mitch Moreland can consistently hit lefties, the Rangers will be way ahead of the game. No more wondering if/when Chris Davis can hit an off-speed pitch will be one less headache.
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4. I'll be out in Surprise in March and, like all of us, I'll dissect and nitpick spring training to the smallest fiber. But, remember, a year ago at this time the Rangers were counting on Jarrod Saltalammachia behind the plate, Scott Feldman and Rich Harden on the mound and Cliff Lee was a Seattle Mariner. Translation: A lot can/will change by mid-July's trade deadline.
3. I fear the Rangers are going to miss Clint Hurdle. Not only as an aggressive hitting coach, but also as a sounding board in the clubhouse. Reminder, Thad Bosley is now the team's third hitting coach in three years.
2. Regardless of where he plays -- center or left -- isn't it going to be impossible to take the aggression out of Josh Hamilton? Still, Julio Borbon locking down center would go a long way toward saving Josh. Hamilton staying healthy and MVP productive is one of the biggest keys to the season.
1. Just like you knew he would, Michael Young -- unhappy or not -- will report to Surprise, Arizona Saturday on time and conduct himself like a classy professional. "I expect Michael to be here," Washington says. "No doubt."