RANGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Texas politician seeks investigation into Baylor football scandal

A Texas State Rep. has filed a house resolution asking Gov. Greg Abbott to begin an investigation by the Texas Rangers into the activities of the Baylor administration and campus police in response to the school’s sexual assault issues. "Baylor University has resisted all efforts to provide the public with information which would reveal the conduct of senior administrators...
Via FOX Sports
5 hours ago

Legislator files resolution seeking Baylor investigation by Texas Rangers

University has been mired in scandal after revealing failings to address sexual violence.                

DeShields, Rua impress during scrimmage

Delino DeShields and Ryan Rua did not win a job during the Rangers first intrasquad game on Friday. What they did was follow the blueprint to earn a job by the time Spring Training is over.
Via Rangers.com
6 hours ago

Rangers eye Opening Day for Andrus' return

Shortstop Elvis Andrus will not be in the lineup for the Rangers' Cactus League opener against the Royals on Saturday, as he continues to recover from offseason sports hernia surgery.
Via Rangers.com
10 hours ago

Breaking down the Rangers' Top 30 list

Texas' system, which ranked as the third-best in baseball as recently as a year ago, is as thin as it has been in decade. That's a reflection of not only the promotions and departures, but also that the Rangers had a long run where they had enviable Minor League depth year after year.
Via Rangers.com
13 hours ago

Texas Rangers scout in Curacao dies after long illness

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers international scout Jose Luis Felomina has died in his native Curacao. The team said Thursday that Felomina died following a long illness. He was 50. Felomina had worked as a Rangers scout in Curacao since 2008. Among the players he signed was Jurickson Profar, who last season started games at five different positions in the field for Texas...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Josh Hamilton's knee okay, says 'confidence hasn’t wavered at all’

Josh Hamilton insists there’s no discouragement whatsoever over a recent setback involving his surgically repaired left knee.The Texas Rangers veteran returned to Houston after leaving camp on Wednesday to have the knee examined by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed his ACL reconstructive surgery on Hamilton’s left knee last summer.Hamilton, on a minor league contract, returned to...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Josh Hamilton experiences pain in reconstructed knee, leaves camp

Texas Rangers first baseman Josh Hamilton left Arizona Tuesday, flying to Houston to get his left knee checked out after experiencing pain in the reconstructed joint.“He felt the discomfort while running arcs on the outfield grass during the Texas Rangers’ first full-squad workout of spring training,” wrote Jeff Wilson of the Star Telegram. “The Rangers’ training staff...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Prince Fielder previews new cooking show, and he eats a lot

Now that former MLB slugger Prince Fielder is retired, he has plenty of time to do other things. And if there’s one thing we know, it’s that Fielder is a big fan of food: both cooking and eating it. With that said, that made him the perfect candidate to star in a new cooking show, titled “Fielder’s Choice.” The show will soon be available to stream on Netflix and Hulu,...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 Minor League Preview: Texas Rangers

Did anybody else forget that the Texas Rangers led the AL in wins last year? Because I do...early playoff exits will do that, right Red Sox? I feel like I've never been so down on a winning program. The Rangers need pitching, and they need it bad. Despite finishing 7th in runs scored in all of the MLB, they barely had a positive run differential. The third worst team ERA in the AL...
Via Razzball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yu Darvish bringing back the split-finger fastball

Yu Darvish’s Tommy John surgery is well and truly in the rear-view mirror, because he’s throwing his split-finger fastball again.The Texas Rangers ace used the pitch sparingly before his 2015 surgery, and then mostly abandoned it after his return in 2016 under pressure from pitching coach Doug Brocail on account of the stress it puts on the elbow.Now, though, a healthy Darvish...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Adrian Beltre expected to miss WBC with strained calf muscle

Adrian Beltre has a strained calf muscle that is expected to keep him out at least for the first round of the WBC.The Texas Rangers announced on Friday that an MRI confirmed a Grade 3 strained calf for the third baseman. Beltre reported to camp on Friday and said he hurt himself working out on Tuesday. He is expected to miss three weeks.The four-time All-Star was hoping to play with...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Rangers be prepared to let Yu Darvish hit free agency?

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is entering the final year of his contract, and there are some indications that the Rangers won’t be trying to give him an extension.Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News sees some indications that the Rangers may ultimately shy away from giving Darvish a big-money extension. According to him, there have been few meaningful conversations laying...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeremy Jeffress and Using Spin Rate to Get Better

It’s exciting to have so many statistics available to us when we’re trying to evaluate our favorite players. From the players’ perspective, though, it’s probably more exciting when those statistics allow them to improve themselves. From that point of view, metrics like launch angle and spin rate probably have a certain appeal that some others don’t: they provide a measurement...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Price Fielder to host cooking show called 'Fielder’s Choice'

Prince Fielder might be done with baseball, but his stay in the public spotlight will continue post-retirement.In a wide-ranging interview with Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Fielder discussed his future away from the game. When asked about what he’s doing to keep busy, the 32-year-old dropped the news he’ll be hosting a cooking/interview show on Netflix and Hulu with his wife as...
Via The Comeback
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Napoli to sign one-year deal with Rangers

Multiple reports state Mike Napoli will re-sign with the Texas Rangers on a one-year deal.According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the 35-year-old could be returning to the Rangers for a third time.According to Wilson, two of his sources say the deal has been agreed upon. Two more of his sources tell him that “talks are progressing but it’s too early to say...
Via Sportsnaut
17 days ago  |  Discuss

What Can a Full Season of Lucroy Do for the Rangers?

The Angels, Mariners, and Rangers are all situated within a game of each other in FanGraphs’ projected standings. The Blue Jays, Orioles, Royals, Tigers, and Yankees are also all bunched together with the those AL West clubs, all situated within in just three games of each other, suggesting there could be a crowded and parity-laden AL Wild Card race. Any added value could be...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rangers are not ‘making a renewed push’ for Jose Quintana

While the Texas Rangers may well be looking to upgrade their pitching, it does not appear as though a trade with the Chicago White Sox for Jose Quintana is in the cards.Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reported that “it does not appear they are making a renewed push to land him (Quintana), despite a Wednesday afternoon report to the contrary.”This flies in the face of a...
Via Sportsnaut
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Rougned Odor’s 2016 Performance Was Awfully Unique

The 2016 season was a fascinating one for Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, and contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with punching Jose Bautista. What actually made it fascinating was the connection between his power production and plate discipline (or lack thereof). Through 632 plate appearances last season, Odor hit 33 home runs while drawing just 19 walks...
Via The Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Here’s visual evidence Cole Hamels has not shaved this offseason

It’s just about that time of the year when pitchers and catchers begin making their way to Spring Training. It looks as though Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels is going to skip packing some razors and shaving cream. The usually smooth, babyfaced Hamels is taking a cue from his former Phillies teammate Jayson Werth and turning heads with his new signature look with a beard that...
Via The Comeback
25 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – Texas Rangers

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Texas Rangers. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston...
Via Fangraphs
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers' Jake Diekman undergoes surgery to have colon removed

Texas Rangers pitcher Jake Diekman revealed in December he would be undergoing surgery to treat his ulcerative colitis. Details that have since been revealed show the seriousness of Diekman’s condition and the complexity inherent to treating it. Diekman on Wednesday underwent a four-hour procedure to have his colon removed after it was “wrecked” by the condition, per a report...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
29 days ago  |  Discuss
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