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April 27, 2010 7:34 PM

Major league catchers, mine league addresses...

The shakeups continue in Texas as the Rangers two opening day catchers, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and my 2008 favorite RedHawk Taylor Teagarden were optioned to OKC today and Max Ramirez was recalled. 

Today's other move was Craig Gentry being recalled to the Rangers after Nelson Cruz landed on the DL.  Not a surprise since Craig was spotted leaving this morning's game with his bag in hand.  Yesterday saw Brandon McCarthy hit the DL though he is (allegedly) only going to miss 1 start.

Totally confused yet?  Let's see if we can't make some sense out of this.  It was inevitable that Taylor was going to be sent down, given he only had 1 hit all season.  The timing puzzled me (the RedHawks played a day game today and Max started) but with Nelson on the DL, the Rangers needed a right handed power bat off the bench. 

The Salty move was more puzzling to me, but apparently the Rangers did that because they didn't want him to think about when he would be called up.  A player who has been optioned can't be recalled for 10 days unless he is called up to replace another player who went on the DL.  I guess they figure this will let Salty to concentrate on playing and not worry about the rest of it.

In other news, the Oklahoman has an article on Gregorio Petit will Bob Hersom's has articles about Derek Holland, Chad Tracy, and Andy Jenkins.

Who would have thought that Taylor and Chris would be RedHawks teammates again?  I am actually now looking forward to going to a game though!  See at Thursday at the park!

April 23, 2010 8:15 AM

Smoak to make MLB Debut, Davis demoted.

Fanfest 044.JPGWow.  That's all I can  Justin Smoak (pictured left) will be starting for the Rangers at 1B on Friday and Chris Davis will be looking for an OKC apartment.  Personally I think this move is an overreaction and sucks for Chris Davis who may have seen his major league career with the Texas Rangers end.  Barring an injury to Mike Young or Justin Smoak, he is likely in OKC until September.  Hopefully he can play really well and drive up some trade interest. John Daniels says that they wouldn't make this move so quickly if it was Chris' first time in the majors, so hopefully Justin gets a little more rope.  I don't think you see this move for several weeks if the Rangers weren't sucking so badly right now.   But regardless, the Justin Smoak era has begun.  I think he is likely to struggle at first, but he is a nice kid and a good player and I wish him the best.  I will laugh my butt off if the Rangers continue to spiral though.

This will require a 40-man roster move, though as Jeff pointed out the obvious move is sending Omar Poveda, who is out for the year following Tommy John surgery, to the 60-day DL.


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April 9, 2010 1:11 PM

The morning after...

I'm still freezing and my throat is sore from all the hollering (I guess I need to work up to being loud! LOL) but overall a fun night despite the extra innings....after leading 3-1 in the 9th...and Pedro Strop giving up a single and HR on 2 pitches....but I am not bitter! LOL

The highlight of the night had to be the "duck race" in the 3rd inning.  A pair of ducks took 4-5 laps around the field (in the air) chasing each other which caught the attention of the whole stadium.  It was pretty funny!

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April 8, 2010 1:06 PM

MiLB opening day...

Derek Fanfest.JPGThe season is set to start today across the minor leagues.  Two of my favorite pitchers will be taking the hill tonight as Derek Holland (pictured left) goes for the Hawks and Blake Beavan takes the hill in Frisco.  It will be my first time seeing Derek pitch in a Hawks uniform since last year we started on the road and he was called up on the day of his first home start.  I have to admit if it was anyone other than Derek starting today, I would be tempted to skip it.  Thursday = drunk night and it is going to be cold to boot.  Drunks on a cold night just doesn't sound fun to me.  A couple hours North East of OKC, the Tulsa Drillers will open at their new sold out ballpark.  The game is a sellout.  I can't remember the last time there was a sellout in Tulsa.  I believe Frisco is close to a sellout today as well, but tickets remain for the Hawks.

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April 4, 2010 5:32 PM

Happy MLB opening day!

Red Sox v. Yankees.  Seems a good way to start the 2010 season.  Even better for my friend Jason who managed to score tickets down the right field line.  But I am not bitter! LOL  And for those of you who celebrate it, Happy Easter! 

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April 3, 2010 7:04 PM

Thursday's the day...

Opening day of the minor league season I mean.  It's funny, in past years I couldn't wait for the season to start.  This year I guess I am at best ambivalent.  I'm not sure how much of it is the fact that I know its the last year as a Rangers affiliate and thus I don't really want to get attached to any of the players since next year they will be "the enemy", but I know that is part of it.  Though on the plus side it will save me a lot of money because next year I'll be able to cancel my Rangers and Roughriders season tickets!  Anyway, I'm hoping that once the season starts I'll get back in the swing of it.  What about you all?  Are you excited for the season to start?

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March 28, 2010 9:43 AM

Less than 2 weeks to go...

Thumbnail image for Scott Feldman--Fan FestHard to believe the season starts in less than 2 weeks!  First order of business is to congratulate my buddy Scott Feldman (pictured right) on being tabbed as the Rangers opening day starter.  It is definitely an honor to be an opening day starter in the major leagues, and one Scott definitely deserves!  Stories like his always amaze me.  No one really thought he had a chance, then he got called up to the majors and had a good season in the pen, followed by a not so good season where everyone was calling for his head, to a new arm slot and time in the minors, to back to the majors but in the pen, to the starting rotation, to opening day starter.  That's perseverance! 

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March 20, 2010 1:18 PM

Random minor league rangers notes...

I'm not going to discuss the "hot topic" of Rangers world lately, namely Manager Ron Washington failing a drug test and admitting to using cocaine last year and other drugs as a player.  It's done, it's over.  It's a black mark against he and the Rangers sure, but I don't see it as more than that.  Okay, one comment.  I do think its funny the way the Rangers mouth pieces are trying to bad mouth the national reporters who are discussing this story.  Don't shoot the messenger boys...

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March 10, 2010 8:06 PM

Nomar and misc. Rangers notes...

Today was both a sad and proud day for me as a Red Sox.  Sad that Red Sox great Nomar Garciaparra who I watched grow up through the Red Sox system announcement his retirement.  Proud because he announced his retirement as a Red Sox.  Ten years ago I never doubted that Nomar would end his career as a Sox.  I just didn't realize he would have 5 years away from the Sox before he did so.

Speaking of home grown talent, Hank Blalock signed a minor league deal with the Rays.  He reportedly has an out clause if he is not added to the 25-man roster.  Could be a fun Tampa trip for me if he is, along with personal favorites Carlos Pena and Joaquin Benoit

 The Rangers sent cash considerations to the Yankees for pitcher Edwar Rodriguez who the MFYs had designated for assignment.  He reportedly has an option left and is likely to start in Frisco or OKC.

Kasey Kiker continued his scoreless streak, giving up just a hit in today's 1-inning pitched.

 OMG this is just scary...athletes who think they can sing.

More support for my statement that Tanner Scheppers starts the year with the Hawks comes from the FWST.


March 6, 2010 7:58 PM

Misc. Rangers MiLB Notes...

As I have said here many times, in 2008 on my way up to Iowa to see the Lumberkings I asked personal favorite Andrew Laughter who I had to make sure I see on the Lumberkings.   The 2 names he mentioned without pause were Derek Holland and Mitch Moreland.  On a team that was stacked with talent (Blake Beavan, Neftali Feliz, Cristian Santana and Fabio Castillo to name a few) that was quite a compliment.  It's a year and a half later and Derek already has spent a year in the big leagues while Mitch is opening eyes in big league camp after being named the minor league position player of the year.  Don't doubt Andrew! 

What made me think of this you ask?  TR Sullivan's article on the apparent offensive power house that will be the RedHawks this year.  Pretty much all of the names that are in the article are names Jeff and I guessed last week, but it is interesting that Chad Tracy appears to be definitely slated to be a RedHawk.

Lots of good news from today's Rangers/Royals game.  The Rangers lost, which always puts me in a good mood.  Even better, personal favorite Josh Rupe picked up the save, giving up 1 hit while striking out 4 over the last 2 innings.  Speaking of favorites, Tommy Hunter started and gave up a hit and a run while striking out 2 and Kasey Kiker threw a perfect 8th.

A couple of my favorite ex-Hawks have signed or are negotiating deals.  Wes Littleton signed with the Mariners while Travis Metcalf inked a deal with Colorado.  Hank Blalock has reportedly received minor league offers from the Rays and the Marlins.  Two of my favorite ex- PCLers, John Van Benschoten and Dustin Moseley signed with the MFYs.

I'm starting to think Jeff may be right about Derek Holland starting the year in OKC.  The first 4 spots in Texas' rotation are pretty much going to Rich Harden, Scott Feldman, Colby Lewis and Tommy Hunter, leaving Derek, Matt Harrison and Brandon McCarthy battling it out for the #5 spot.  Harrison and McCarthy have reportedly been the most impressive pitchers this spring while Derek has been slowed by a sprained knee.  Last week Evan Grant predicted that McCarthy would land the 5th spot while Derek and Harrison start in OKC.  I also wonder if Tanner Scheppers doesn't find his way on to the OKC roster.

Julio Borbon was scratched from his start today with forearm soreness after injuring himself diving after a ball.  It doesn't sound serious.

My friend Sharon used to love to read the "getting to know" articles that I found about the players during spring training, so in her honor, here are:  Matt Brown, David Murphy, Cloby Lewis (yes, that is intentional!), Doug Mathis, and Chris Davis.

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