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Questions

I have billions of questions buzzing around in my baseball-obsessed mind, all of which will be resolved at some point during the off-season, but I feel the need to get them out. Then I can cross them off when they’ve been resolved and explain the answers. So here we go!
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Ownership: Who will be the new owner of the Rangers? Will Nolan Ryan still be the team president? Will Nolan Ryan be a minority owner? Will Tom Hick stay on as a minority owner? Will new ownership affect (i.e. increase) our budget for the 2010 season?

Here’s what we know: There are 3 main groups, which are fronted by Chuck Greenberg, Dennis Gilbert, and Jim Crane. Greenberg’s group has included Nolan Ryan as a minority owner, so if he wins out, obviously Nolan will have a stake in the ownership and will stay on as president. But then again, it’s possible that if one of the other groups wins out, they’ll let him in as a partial owner. It is possible that the new ownership could fire Nolan as president, but I think that’s unlikely at this point. The fans love Nolan, and it wouldn’t make a good impression on the fans if their first move was to fire him. Tom Hicks has expressed interest in retaining a portion of his ownership as well, so we’ll have to wait and see how that pans out. At this point, the budget for 2010 will be approximately the same as it was for 2009, so the new owners will have to meet that budget or increase it. It would be nice if we could have a little more leeway to get some big names to Texas for our playoff push next year.
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Marlon Byrd: Will the Rangers re-sign him for 2010 and beyond?

Here’s what we know: Marlon says that he wants to stay with the Rangers. The Rangers want him to stay. He made a little over $3 mil in 2009, so he’ll want at least that much per year in his next contract. How much more is anybody’s guess. This is probably his only chance to negotiate a multi-year contract, and he’s probably wanting at least 3 years. But Marlon is already 32, so I’m sure the Rangers are anxious that health issues may mar his future playing time. And the Rangers don’t have a whole lot of money to throw around, so I’m sure that will affect how much progress is made towards contract negotion. But Marlon is a strong influence in the clubhouse, and Michael Young (team leader) is strongly campaigning for the Rangers to keep him. I think the Rangers will offer him something in the neighborhood of 4, 5, or 6 million dollars for the next 3 years, plus lots of incentives (i.e. bonuses if he plays at least x number of games, if he hits at least y home runs, or if he steals at least z bases, etc.). But if he wants something like $10 mil a year for 5 years, I think the Rangers will let him walk.
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Ivan Rodriguez: Will Pudge be back?

Here’s what we know: The fans adore Pudge, and he said that he wants to finish out his career here. And even though he’s pushing 40, he’s still pretty darn good. He’s played on 2 World Series teams, and he has a lost of post-season experience (which the Rangers are seriously lacking). He has 13 Gold Gloves. But because of his age, the Rangers might be hesitant to offer him a multi-year contract, or to pay him a particularly hefty sum for 2010. Jarrod Saltalamacchia recently had surgery for Thorasic Outlet Syndrome, and while his prognosis looks good, there’s no telling how he’ll progress. Taylor Teagarden was unimpressive in 2009. Max Ramirez spent a lot of time on the DL in AAA. And the Rangers just outrighted Kevin Richardson to the minors. So it might be good to have him around. We acquired him as “strictly a back-up catcher” in August of 2009, but he ended up being our everyday catcher to close out the season. He made 1.5 mil in 2009. Will he accept $1 mil and a one-year contract? $5 million and a 2-year contract? We’ll see.
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Omar Vizquel: Will he be back for 2010?

Here’s what we know: Omar has said that he wants to play next year, even though he’s the oldest active position player at 42 years old. He was a great mentor for Elvis Andrus in his rookie year (2009), but does Elvis still need him in 2010? He has 11 Gold Gloves, and his defensive work is truly beautiful. I swear, he looks like a ballet dancer out there sometimes! He played 63 games for the Rangers this year: 16 games at 2B, 27 games at SS, and 20 games at 3B, and he made NO errors. None, zippo, nada. That’s pretty amazing. He’s said he would be interested in returning, but he wants to shop around first.
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Starting rotation: Which 5 pitchers will we go with in our starting rotation for 2010?

Here’s what we know: Ron Washington has already said that Kevin Millwood and Scott Feldman have guaranteed slots next year. But the other 3 are up for grabs. The possible candidates are: Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland, Tommy Hunter, Brandon McCarthy, Dustin Nippert, Matt Harrison, Eric Hurley, and Guillermo Moscoso. I discussed the pros and cons about all these pitchers in a previous blog. But Wash has also said he would like to obtain another veteran starter this winter. So if he does that, then there will only be two spots up for grabs, making the competition even tougher. But can we get anybody good for relatively little money? And of course, as we all know, our starting rotation can change a lot during the year due to injuries, etc. I mean, look at our poor rotation in 2009! On Opening Day, it was Kevin Millwood, Vicente Padilla, Kris Benson, Matt Harrison, and Brandon McCarthy. Matt Harrison and Brandon McCarthy both went on the 60-day DL, Kris Benson was a disaster, and we released Padilla because of all his foolishness. So you never know what can change throughout the season!
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Acquisitions: Right-handed bat to play 1B and DH, left-handed relief pitcher

Here’s what we know: In addition to a veteran starter, Wash also said he’d like to pick up a right-handed bat who can play 1B or DH, as well as another lefty reliever. I’ve heard Jermaine Dye’s name brought up to fill that first role, and while he is right-handed, he has played mainly in the outfield. In 2005, he played 1B once and SS once for the Chicago White Sox. That’s it. But if we keep Marlon Byrd, we may not need another right-handed bat. CJ and Eddie are our only lefty relievers at this point, and Eddie’s probably not coming back (I’ll address that later), so it would be nice to have another one.
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Batting coach: Who will replace Rudy Jaramillo?

Here’s what we know: Jon Daniels and Ron Washington are supposedly “constructing a list” of candidates to replace Rudy, and they plan on interviewing about 4 or 5 guys for the position. Some names that have been thrown around are Scott Coolbaugh (Rangers AAA batting coach), Rusty Greer (former Ranger), Will Clark (former Ranger), Julio Franco (managing in Mets farm league), Gary Pettis (currently our 1st base coach), Carney Lansford (fired by San Francisco last week), Clint Hurdle (former Colorado manager), Tim Wallach (Dodgers hitting coach in 2004), Thad Bosley (hitting coach in Oakland with Wash), Gerald Perry (hitting coach for Cubs, fired in June), Greg Colbrunn (minor league hitting coach for Yank
ees), Dave Hudgens (former A’s hitting coach), Mike Boulanger (Minor League hitting coach), and Toby Harrah (former Ranger, current hitting coach for Tigers). I’m sure there are a bunch of other names too that I haven’t heard yet. So obviously, there are a lot of choices. It’s just about finding a good fit.

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Eddie Guardado: Is he really retiring?

Here’s what we know: He’s definitely thinking about it. But that’s about all we know. He didn’t pitch too well towards the end of the season, so as terrible as it sounds, I’m kind of hoping he retires. He’s a free agent, and I just don’t think it’s useful to pay him a significant amount of money for just one more year when he’s at the end of his career and losing his stamina.

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Outfield: What will our outfield look like next year?

Here’s what we know: Marlon Byrd (righty) is a question mark. We have Josh Hamilton (lefty), Julio Borbon (lefty), David Murphy (lefty), and Nelson Cruz (righty). We also have Chris Davis (another lefty in the lineup) as our starting 1st baseman, and Salty is a switch hitter. So we could possibly have 5 left-handed bats in a 9-man line-up. That’s not so good. Borbon is rumored to be “the center fielder of the future,” but he has a weak arm. He’s supposed to be working on that this winter, but who knows? Josh Hamilton had a spectacular 2008, but he had trouble staying healthy this year. I don’t want to lose anybody, but I have this sneaking suspicion that we’re going to trade David Murphy. That hurts me, because he’s a good Texas boy, but I just can’t shake that feeling. And I have a feeling that Nelson Cruz could be great. I’m mean he could be Josh-Hamilton-in-2008-great. But what about Craig Gentry? He was the surprise September call-up from AA. It makes the most sense that he would at least begin next year in AAA, but it’s certainly an intriguing idea. He’s a righty, with an incredibly strong and accurate arm, and he’s supposedly speedy on the bases, but he needs to learn how to bat against big league pitching.

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NLCS Game 1, Arizona Fall League

Last night was Game 1 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) between the Phillies and the Dodgers. And my hex was broken, because the Phillies won!
Clayton Kershaw
I don’t know if it was just because I was baseball-starved, but I thought last night’s game was really good! Clayton Kershaw was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers, and Cole Hamels took the mound for the Phillies.
Cole Hamels
Kershaw lasted 4 2/3 innings, giving up 5 earned runs on 4 hits, 5(!) walks, and 3(!) wild pitches while getting 3 strike-outs. Hamels went 5 1/3 innings and gave up 4 earned runs on 8 hits and 1 walk, with 4 strike-outs.
James Loney
The Dodgers scored first on a solo home run by James Loney in the bottom of the 2nd inning, so they were leading 1-0. Then, in the top of the 5th inning, the Phillies came roaring back to score 5 runs, all the property of Clayton Kershaw.
Carlos Ruiz
With 2 men on and no outs in the top of the 5th, Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies catcher, stepped up to the plate and belted out a 3-run homer to vault the Phillies to a 3-1 lead. But they weren’t done yet!
Ryan Howard
After Ryan Howard got a 2-run double with 2 outs in the 5th inning, Joe Torre finally pulled Clayton Kershaw, and the Phillies went into the bottom of the 9th with a 5-1 lead. I don’t know about the Phillies players, but I was feeling pretty confident with a 4-run lead. I should have known better. The Dodgers are a great team, a playoff team, and this is a playoff game. There are no easy wins once you get to this level.
Manny Ramirez
The Dodgers didn’t stay down for long. Cole Hamels gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the frame to bring the score to 5-4, and the Dodgers were back within a run. Manny Ramirez was responsible for a couple of those runs with a 2-run homer in the inning. And the Phillies lead was no longer comfortable.
Raul Ibanez
In the top of the 8th inning, Raul Ibañez hit the Phillies’s second 3-run homer of the night to help the Phillies breathe a little easier. 8-4 Phillies.
But then the Dodgers came back again in the bottom of the inning with 2 more runs, scaring the Phillies again. The Phils couldn’t add any more insurance runs in the top of the 9th inning, so they went into the bottom of the 9th leading 8-6. Which is not enough of a lead to feel comfortable going against the Dodgers in the bottom of the 9th.
Matt Kemp
And sure enough, the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter in the 9th inning (Matt Kemp) got a single. Uh-oh. But, miraculously, the next batter (Casey Blake) grounded into a double play, clearing the bases and putting the Phillies only one out away from a Game 1 victory! Whew! Then James Loney walked. Oh no. But then Ronnie Belliard flied out, and the game was over! Phils win!
The announcers of last night’s game pointed out that in the past 17 years, the team who won Game 1 of the NLCS was the team that went to the World Series 14 times. That’s promising!
Vicente Padilla
Today’s pitching matchup: Pedro Martinez for the Phillies against Vicente Padilla for the Dodgers. Eww, Padilla. Interestingly enough, Pedro Martinez used to be a Dodger, so he’ll be pitching against his old team. Go Phillies!
Marcus Lemon
In other news, I finally got some information on the Arizona Fall League. Our boys are on a team called the Surprise Rafters, and it includes Brennan Garr (P, Frisco), Matt Harrison (P, Rangers DL this season), Danny Gutierrez (P, Frisco), Evan Reed (P, Bakersfield Blaze), Tanner Scheppers (P), Marcus Lemon (2B, Frisco), Mitch Moreland (RF, Frisco), Doug Hogan (C, Blaze), and batting coach Brant Brown (Frisco).
The Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League are undefeated at 3-0! There are apparently 6 teams in the Arizona Fall League, and they’re divided into the AFL East and the AFL West, each with 3 teams. And our Rangers’ prospects are leading their division (the AFL West)! Yay! 🙂
 
Originally published October 16, 2009

ramblings

I feel like I’m going into withdrawal. I crave information about my Rangers, but I don’t know how to feed my addiction. I’d been watching the AL and NL division series playoff games on tv, and that helped a little. But that’s been over for a few days. I think the NL championship series is starting tomorrow, and the AL championship series is starting Friday, but this mini-drought has just reminded me that pretty soon, baseball will be finished. And I’ll have nothing to do for the next 6 months. I keep checking all of my baseball websites periodically, trying to get any information I can, but it’s pretty sparse.

Richard Durrett of the ESPN Rangers’ blog posted that the Arizona Fall League started their mini-season yesterday, and I know that several Rangers’ minor league prospects are playing in that, but I don’t know where I can get more information about it. He seems to have adjusted to ESPN very well, after leaving the DMN blog. He’s also been analyzing all of the Rangers’ players according to their defensive positions (i.e. 1st base, left field, catcher, etc.), and that’s been interesting to read.
Evan Grant
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News’ Rangers’ blog has started doing the same thing, only with letter grades for each individual player and with a little more detail. He’s still trying to make the transition from D Magazine’s Inside Corner blog (which was way cooler), so he’s got some changes to make with the DMN blog. But I’m enjoying anything that has to do with the Rangers right now, so even people just giving their opinions about certain players is captivating to me at this point. And I love getting Evan Grant’s opinion on anything baseball-related.

TR Sullivan
T.R. Sullivan posted yesterday that the Rangers’ organization fired 3 long-time employees yesterday, but I don’t know what that means. Two scouts got the axe, along with the equipment manager, and each had been with the Rangers for at least 6 years. There was no explanation as to why, so I don’t know if they were all involved in some kind of nefarious activity together and they got caught or if it’s just something simple like budget cuts.

BBTiA (Baseball Time in Arlington) always has great stuff to read, and it’s always pretty technical, so it takes me a while to digest and fully understand their postings. They break down the Rangers’ performance and go by the numbers and make charts and formulas and stuff, so it’s always entertaining to see what they come up with. They really put some serious effort into their postings!! For example, they’ll examine a group of pitching prospects in the Rangers’ organization, and they’ll pull up all the stats, including innings pitched at each minor league level, number of strike-outs/walks, ERA, etc. and compare it all in black and white. It’s really amazing what emerges when you look at all the numbers! And I love that they spend so much time with the research and stuff to back up their opinions.

I’m excited for the ALCS and the NLCS, but after all of my losing horses in the ALDS and NLDS, I’m hesitant to make my predictions. I know that rationally speaking, it makes absolutely no difference who I’m rooting for when it comes to the outcome of the games, but baseball is a very superstitious game. Okay, I’m just going to say it, like ripping off a Band-Aid. And anyone who has read my blog will know who my choices are anyway (not that anyone actually reads my blog). I’m rooting for the Angels to beat the Yankees in the American League, and I hope the Phillies beat the Dodgers in the National League.

I know the Angels are the Rangers’ rivals in the AL West, but I think they’re a really good team (apart from Mike Scioscia, of course). I even think Mike Scioscia is probably a great manager, he just personally kinda rubs me the wrong way. And I’ll root for just about anybody against the Yankees.

Vicente Padilla
The Phillies won the World Series last year, and it’s already well-known that I hate the Dodgers. But if the Dodgers and the Yankees are the winners and they end up playing each other in theWorld Series, I actually would rather the Yankees win. I couldn’t watch the World Series and root for the Yankees, because it goes against every fiber of my being. But the Yankees have won so many World Series, at this point, is it really gonna matter? I just don’t want Vicente Padilla to get a World Series ring. Punk.

Rudy Jaramillo
WHOA!!! This just in: Rudy Jaramillo will NOT be the Rangers’ hitting coach next year! The Rangers offered him a one-year contract, and he said ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’ Huh! Interesting!

Playoff races

Well, the playoffs have been disappointing for me so far. Since my Rangers aren’t in it, I’ve had to pick other favorites in the ALDS and NLDS races. Here are the contenstants, with my picks in bold:

ALDS – Minnesota Twins & New York Yankees,
           LA Angels & Boston Red Sox
NLDS – Colorado Rockies & Philadelphia Phillies,
           LA Dodgers & St. Louis Cardinals

I want Minnesota to beat out the Yankees, because I’m really proud of the stretch run they made to get to the playoffs. Joe Mauer is the obvious AL MVP pick. And the Yankees are evil, flat out. But unfortunately, the Yanks are already beating the Twins 2 games to none. Next they’ll go play in the Metrodome, and the Twins are heavily favored to win there, but the Yankees only need to win one more to knock the Twins out of it. And if there’s a need for Game 5, it will be played in the Bronx. {Sigh}

I’m rooting for the BoSox in their match-up, because their my 2nd favorite team behind the Rangers, but they’re down 2 games to none against the Angels. Although that doesn’t bother me too much, because the Angels are a respectable team. Torii Hunter, Bobby Abreu, and Chone Figgins are all stand-up guys, and the Angels have beloved former Rangers Darren Oliver and Gary Matthews, Jr. But I hate Mike Scioscia, even though I have to admit that he might be worthy of Manager of the Year. And the Angels’ heart-wrenching loss of Nick Adenhart could make anybody a little misty. So if the Angels make it to the World Series, I won’t be too torn up, but I’d rather see the BoSox.

I can’t make a pick between the Rockies & the Phillies. I like the Rockies because I used to go camping in Colorado a lot when I was a kid, and I can remember when the Rockies were formed. Also, Jim Tracy has done a very remarkable job as their manager this year, and his son, Chad Tracy, is in the Rangers’ minor league system (he plays for the AA Frisco RoughRiders). But one of my best friends since childhood is Rachel, and her fiance is a Phillies fan, and they could be back-to-back winners. I don’t have anything against either team, so I find it very difficult to pick a side in that match-up. Each team has won one game, so they’re tied up.

And finally, I hate the Dodgers for 3 reasons. 3rd – they have Manny Ramirez. What a jerk. 2nd – their manager is Joe Torre, who used to manage the Yankees. Hate the Yankees. And the #1 reason why I hate the Dodgers – they picked up Vicente Padilla after the Rangers dumped him. Ugh, I HATE Padilla!!! I get all riled up just thinking about it. But you know what? They deserve each other. I’ve been rooting for the Cards because I’m anti-Dodgers and because they have Albert Pujols. I mean, how can you not love Albert Pujols?? He’s gonna be the NL MVP. But, of course, the Dodgers have won 2 games against the Cards.

All three of my picks are down 2 games!! Maybe I should just stop watching, because I’m apparently bringing mad mojo.

Best things about 2009

Here is a quick list that I threw together in rememberance of this monumental year of Rangers’ baseball. If I’ve left off something, please feel free to comment!

*Moving Michael Young to 3rd base and starting Elvis Andrus at shortstop. [It seemed like a really scary idea at first, but it worked!!]

*Ian Kinsler hitting for the cycle (at home!)

*Getting rid of Vicente Padilla

*Triple play by Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler

*Marlon Byrd’s amazing diving catches

*Neftali Feliz’s stunning debut

*Andruw Jones’ 3-homer game

*Sweeping the BoSox at Rangers’ Ballpark in Arlington

*Nelson Cruz coming in second in the Home Run Derby

*Derek Holland’s complete gamme shut-out of the Angels in Anaheim

*Omar Vizquel’s beautiful defense

*Getting Pudge back home

*Ian Kinsler joining the 30-30 club

*Our short time spent leading the AL West and Wild Card races

*Mike Maddux

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

Tidbits

I know I said I wasn’t going to blog this weekend, but I just can’t help myself. Yesterday, as I made the 5 1/2 hour drive to San Antonio, I listened to sports talk radio and heard some fascinating talk about the Rangers.

***Attention***Attention***Attention***Attention***Attention***

They’re getting rid of Vicente Padilla!!!
And they’re bringing in Dustin Nippert to take his place in the starting rotation!!!

I’ve been saying that they should do this for weeks! They seriously should just hire me. I’m so excited!!! They put him out on waivers earlier this year, but nobody claimed him, so they just took him back into the rotation. I didn’t know what was going on with that whole situation then, but the guys on the talk radio show explained it. See, earlier this year, they were tired of his antics (not being a team player, hitting batters on purpose, etc.) and they put him out on waivers as a kind of warning, or probation, or whatever. If someone had taken him, they were willing to give him up, but nobody did, so it served as a warning. Now, even if another team doesn’t take him, the Rangers won’t take him back; they’ll just “release” him from his contract, give him his 12 million, and say “don’t let the door hit you in the a** on the way out.” Obviously the Rangers are hoping that somebody else takes him, because then they can work out a deal for who pays his salary for the rest of the year, but it’s not looking likely that any other MLB team will pick him up at this point. The Rangers will most likely have to eat the 12 million. So they’re not doing this as a cost-cutting option; they just want to get rid of him. FINALLY!

-Also, Josh Hamilton seems to be recovering his swing, and apparently it’s because he just weaned himself off of the ADD medication Concerta. Well, I’m glad it’s working for him, whatever he did, but the whole situation is confusing to me. He’s been in a slump for months, but he just figured out that a mood-altering drug might be the cause of it? And plus, he used to be addicted to crack, right? ADD meds like Ritalin and Adderal have been taken as uppers by people without ADD for years, so should he really have been on it in the first place? I don’t know, the whole situation is very confusing. See, I have adult ADD, but I don’t take medication for it. And baseball holds my attention, because I love baseball. So I just don’t get the whole thing. Not that I think Josh Hamilton is using again or whatever, I think he’s a great guy, there’s just something that seems off about it. It’s food for thought.

-The Rangers whupped up on the Angels last night and ended up winning like 11-6. Nice! Game summary later.

-Michael Young now has a 14-game hitting streak

 
-They’re moving C.J. Wilson back as the set-up man and putting in Frank Francisco back in as closer. Because C.J. can’t always close the deal, like I said!! Thank you!!

-I still love you, Chris Davis. Don’t worry. I’m just using somebody else’s computer, so I don’t have a picture of you to put in this post.

Days since CD has been in the majors: 34