Rangers Looking for Their Next Ace

AP Photo

The prototypical Major League Baseball ace is consistent, reliable and capable of giving his team a lift every time he takes the mound. He either has overpowering stuff, à la Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez, or the intensity, focus and command to take very good stuff to another level. That means you, Roy Halladay.

The Texas Rangers have two pitchers who fit the description. Unfortunately, club president Nolan Ryan is 65 years old and special assistant Greg Maddux is 45. They would be challenged to cover first base at this point, never mind take the mound and give manager Ron Washington a quality start.

So here's the salient question in Surprise: Do the Rangers have a new staff leader in residence who was born more recently than the Lyndon Baines Johnson...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

A's Want Blood, Not Champagne

Gil LeBreton, Fort Worth Star-Telegram - September 25, 2012

ARLINGTON -- If you're going to be following along this week -- oh-so-cavalierly -- allow me to make it easier for you:The Oakland Athletics are Rocky.The Texas Rangers are Apollo Creed.The opening game Monday of this four-game... more »

Athletics Are a Striking Contradiction

Joe Stiglich, Oakland Tribune - September 27, 2012

Leave it to the A's to bang out 16 hits on the same night that they broke the American League record for strikeouts in a season. A 9-3 A's victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night perfectly illustrated the contradiction... more »

Guy Angels Dumped Makes Them Pay

Gil LeBreton, Fort Worth Star-Telegram - October 1, 2012

He was described as a fallen Angel, of sorts. A catcher, they said, who couldn't catch. A guy with shortcomings, the manager said, who needed to work on his craft. And so the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim let Mike Napoli go --... more »

1 Game From Title, A's Win on the Cheap

Monte Poole, Oakland Tribune - October 3, 2012

Built for the future, the A's have spent the summer turning the clock forward with enough force to swagger into the Coliseum Wednesday needing one win to earn a crown. A victory over Texas and the A's will capture an A.L.... more »