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Random Rangers Thoughts: An Introduction

Now that the Rangers are almost finished playing baseball for the year, I’ve been thinking a lot about this season as a whole and my opinions about what the Rangers should do in the off-season. I’ve really enjoyed blogging about the Rangers, and I think it’s been a healthy outlet for all of my overflowing baseball thoughts. But soon, there will be no Rangers games for me to summarize/give my thoughts on. I will try to keep this blog updated with any information I hear about the Rangers this winter. For the next few weeks, though, I think I will be doing a lot of “Random Rangers Thoughts” post as I think of things.

For example:

*Who I think/hope we’ll trade and who I think/hope we’ll keep.

*Who is playing winter ball and how they’re doing (if I can get that information)

*Good and bad things from this season

*I don’t understand how salary arbitration works, or the whole free agent thing, and I might write about figuring that out and my predictions/thoughts about how it will affect the Rangers players in the off-season.

*Potential change of ownership. That will affect which players the team can re-sign and for how much, as well as the jobs of Ron Washington (manager), Jon Daniels (General Manager), Nolan Ryan (Team President), all of the coaches, not to mention the training staff and the front office staff. It could have a huge impact, especially since we only have multi-year contracts with Kevin Millwood, Michael Young, and Ian Kinsler. We have to re-sign everybody else (except the guys with less than 3 years in the Bigs). I think. And how much money our ownership has to dole out will definitely affect who stays and who goes.

*I’ll also go over our prospects and who I think we’ll be seeing playing in the Bigs next year for the Rangers.

*Any other tidbits I come across pertaining to the Rangers 

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2009 Rangers: The Almost-Playoffs Year

It’s easy as a fan to be angry that the Rangers aren’t going to the post-season. And I know that all of the Rangers’ players, coaches, and staff really wanted to make it happen this year. It’s easy for me to be angry because they almost got there. But I have to remember how far they’ve come. And look forward to the future.

*We are already guaranteed at least a .500 season, even if we lose every single game from here on out. How many years could we say that before?

*We have the #1 farm system in all of baseball. Next year we probably won’t be ranked #1 again, but that’s okay. It takes a few years for prospects to develop. We already got some big-league usage out of Tommy Hunter, Derek Holland, Neftali Feliz, Julio Borbon, Elvis Andrus, Nelson Cruz, Scott Feldman, Kevin Richardson, Esteban German, Pedro Strop, and Chris Gentry, who all started the 2009 season in the minors. Just think about how Justin Smoak, Martin Perez, Kasey Kiker, Max Ramirez, Blake Beavan, Beau Jones, Johnny Whittleman, Marcus Lemon, Mitch Moreland, Omar Poveda, and Tanner Scheppers can help our ball club in the future!

*Our pitching was excellent this year, which it hasn’t been for a very long time. And we have a very young pitching staff, so we have years to look forward to Tommy Hunter, Brandon McCarthy, Dustin Nippert, Neftali Feliz, Pedro Strop, Scott Feldman, Derek Holland, Kasey Kiker, Blake Beavan, Omar Poveda, Beau Jones, Martin Perez, and Tanner Scheppers. And we have Mike Maddux for next year.

*New ownership is scary, because nothing is guaranteed, but it will be really nice to finally have some flexibility where payroll is concerned. Some ballplayers are way overpaid, but we can’t expect our entire team to be happy with the league-minimum salary forever.

*Salty had surgery to correct his Thorasic Outlet Syndrome today, giving him several months to heal before next season. So even if we can’t keep Pudge for next year {shudder}, we’ll have a revitalized Salty

*Can I just take a second to say thank you to Jon Daniels for the Mark Teixeira trade? Seriously, dude. Thank you. Can you imagine what our ballclub would look like without Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Matt Harrison, and Beau Jones? And the Braves’ didn’t even keep Tex for very long. Fabulous job, JD!

I was really excited about the idea of making it to the post-season this year, but it just wasn’t meant to be. But I’m really excited about next season. And next year, I can start with my baseball obsession in April, instead of waiting until July, like this year. A full 6 months of baseball!! I can’t wait!!

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just heard the biggest news ever… even bigger than when I heard that they finally cut Vicente Padilla loose!!

Ivan Rodriguez Pudge, who was a Rangers catcher for 11 years from 1991-2002, who played for the Rangers all 3 times that they have gone to the post-season, who was the American League MVP in 1999, who has been a 14-time All-Star and a 13-time Gold Glover, who has been to the World Series twice since he left the Rangers, who is my absolute favorite player EVER – has just been acquired by the TEXAS RANGERS again!!!!!!

 
 
This is what it says on the Texas Rangers’ Official Webpage: “The Rangers have acquired Ivan Rodriguez from the Astros for two prospects. Pudge will be Texas’ backup catcher, and understands that Taylor Teagarden will be the starter.”
 
Oh my God… I absolutely cannot describe in words how excited I am about this. I feel like my heart is beating out of my chest! Pudge, you’re finally coming back home where you belong!!!
 
Seriously, you guys don’t understand. I adore baseball and the Texas Rangers, but I boycotted the Rangers for two years after they traded Pudge. My Daddy said there was nothing the Rangers could do about it, that Pudge was a free agent, and that he wanted to leave, but I would hear none of it. It just wasn’t Rangers baseball without Pudge. It was after I was in college that my dad finally convinced me that the Rangers had a totally new young team that was really good and I started to get back into it.
For the past several years, whenever Pudge’s team comes to Arlington to play the Rangers, I have to go. I went this year on June 17 to see the Rangers play the Astros, and I got to see Pudge catch his 2227th game, breaking the record set by Carlton Fisk for most games caught of all time. By any catcher EVER.
Here’s a summary of what Wikipedia says about Pudge:
Since his time with Texas, Pudge has played for the Florida Marlins, the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees (very briefly, thank God) and the Houston Astros.
 
When he made his big league debut with the Rangers in 1991, he was the youngest catcher in a majors at 19 years old.

No other catcher in the past 35 years of the majors has been as successful at catching basestealers, with Pudge throwing out 48% of attempted basestealers through May 2006.

In 1992, he started 112 games behind the plate and was the youngest player in the major leagues for the 2nd year in a row.
In 1994, Rodríguez led the American League in batting average among catchers, at .298. He caught Kenny Rogers’ perfect game on July 28, 1994.

He had his first multi-home run game in 1995, hitting both home runs off All-Star Roger Clemens.

In 1996, Pudge set an MLB record for most doubles by a catcher with 44 doubles over the season. He also set the MLB record for at-bats by a catcher in a single season that year, with 639.
With the Texas Rangers, he had a batting average of over .300 for 8 consecutive years, from 1995-2002.
He is one of only 9 catchers in the history of Major League Baseball to win the MVP award (which he did in 1999). In 1999, Rodríguez was also the first catcher to have more than 30 home runs, 100 runs batted in, and 100 runs scored in the history of Major League Baseball.
Pudge holds the distinction of being the first catcher in the history of the league to get more than 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season.
He is one of only six players who have concluded a 30-homer season with more homers than walks (34 HR, 24 BB).
In 2000, Rodríguez appeared in just 91 games, which was the fewest that he appeared in since his first season in the league, 1991. On July 24, Rodríguez suffered a season-ending injury in a game against the Anaheim Angels. While trying to make a throw to second base, his thumb made contact with the swing of Mo Vaughn’s bat. He fractured his right thumb and underwent surgery the next day. This injury caused him to miss the rest of the season.

Rodríguez returned to full action in 2001 and had another All-Star season. He was selected to his 9th straight MLB All-Star Game in a row in 2001, which tied the all time record set by Johnny Bench. He also tied Bench’s record of 10 straight Rawlings Gold Glove Awards in a row.

Pudge has been selected to the All-Star Team 14 total times, and he has 13 total Gold Gloves

A loss :(

I wasn’t able to watch the game last night, because I was hanging out with my mom, step-dad, and step-sister last night. I Tivo’d it, but I haven’t watched it yet. I’m sure I’ll watch it at some point over the next few days, but it’s hard to get up the courage to watch it, knowing that we’re going to lose. I know the final score was 7-2 Mariners.

I was putting in face time with the parents so that they would hopefully let me take my 13-year-old step-sister to Oklahoma City today to see the Texas Rangers’ Triple A team (the Redhawks). But that was a no-go, unfortunately. I’ve really become interested in the minor leagues lately, and I would love to get a chance to see our AAA team, since I’ve never been to one of their games. I went to a game at Double A Frisco last year or the year before, and it was fun. Of course, Frisco is a lot closer than OKC. And I’m planning on seeing some games out in Frisco in a few weeks. But seeing the Rangers play the AMAZING game on Thursday really put me in the mood to see some more baseball this weekend, and the RoughRiders are playing in San Antonio this weekend, so they weren’t an option.

I think it will be really interesting to see our AAA team play, especially since I’m so much more familiar with our prospects now. The players in AAA are the ones that I’ll be seeing in the big leagues next year, or maybe even this year. Some of them have already been called up for short stints this year, so I’ve already seen them at the big league level. And I know I’m always more interested in the game when I know the players. Plus, Chris Davis is playing for the Redhawks now, and I’d like to see him playing at AAA before he gets called back up.
If this blog actually had any followers, I might be more inclined to make sure that I watched the games and got the summaries out in a timely fashion. But apparently, nobody reads this blog and I’m just doing it for my own amusement, so I’m gonna skip this one. But I plan on watching tonight’s game, the final in our series with the Mariners. So I guess I’ll be posting a game summary for that one (for my own satisfaction, of course).
 
My daily Chris Davis fix:
my husband, Chris Davis
 
Days since CD has been in the majors: 28
Come back soon, Chris!
 

The trade deadline has come and gone…

…and no Roy Halliday. No anybody.

There is no news of the Rangers being involved in any trades. Apparently, Toronto wanted 4 prospects/players for Halladay, including Derek Holland and Justin Smoak. Julio Borbon and Tommy Hunter’s names were also supposedly mentioned, but I don’t know if they wanted all 4 of those guys together or if those were just a few of many names that were thrown around. But apparently, the Rangers said “No way, absolutely not” to giving up Derek Holland. I don’t see how the Rangers could consider handing over both Holland AND Hunter, since both are in our starting rotation, and we would only be getting 1 starter in return. Who would be our 5th starter if we gave up both of our stellar rookies? {ugh} I shudder to think of the ramifications of a deal like that. So, I’m REALLY GLAD they didn’t made a trade.

I’ve been watching/listening to MLB.com’s “Trade Deadline Live” coverage for the last few hours, and I just heard Ken Rosenthal say that the Blue Jays’ shot at getting the best deal for Halladay would have been before this deadline. But I guess they must not think so. Anyway, who knows if we’ll be talking about Roy Halladay again in August or in the off-season trade talks? Maybe this will be one of those things where, a few years down the line, we say “hey, remember when the Rangers were talking about giving up [insert prospect’s name here] for Roy Halladay?” “I’m so glad we didn’t do that” or “Man, I wish we could have done that!” Only time will tell.

Trade rumors

Okay, Cliff Lee was officially traded to the Phillies yesterday. So that’s not an option anymore. But apparently, Roy Halliday is still an option for the Rangers. {rolls eyes dramatically} Seriously? Come on, people! Let him go! I’m telling you, if we trade Neftali Feliz or Kasey Kiker to get Roy Halliday, I’m gonna be royally pissed.

Tell you what; if we can get rid of Padilla, I’d gladly take Roy Halliday!