Jamey Newberg: Heights.

He’s a dirtdog second baseman, listed under six feet but still generously gifted an inch or three on his reported height, a player who plays with an edge that agitates opponents and endears him to teammates, in that way not unlike Ian Kinsler, a player he once displaced. He can be a lightning rod, for […]

Newberg: The curious case of Heterochromia Iridum V. Bibens-Dirkx.

They were both chosen out of college in the 2006 draft, and that’s basically where the parallels end, unless you note the fact that each has pitched in the independent leagues and one has as many last names as the other has eye colors. Only Max Scherzer went 11th overall in that draft, and Austin […]

Jamey Newberg: Madness.

I’m mad that we’re at the one-third point of the season and don’t know what this team is. I’m mad we’re already a third of the way through the schedule. I’m mad we’re only a third of the way through the schedule. I’m mad that I care so much, and that wins and losses have […]

Jamey Newberg: Ink.

There’s no way I could deliver a requiem on Josh Hamilton’s career as well as Levi Weaver did.  Instead, I thought I’d pull some things I’d written about him over the near-decade since he arrived, as I probably dumped more ink on the Josh Hamilton story than on anything else over that time. December 2007 The scariest thing about a […]

Jamey Newberg: Let’s Go.

Let’s go. Spring Break was 3,000 miles away from Surprise this year, but our 12-year-old wasn’t all that OK with the idea of a Rangers spring training going on fully without him, and he thought the concept of missing a day of school to get in a long weekend on the south side of those […]

Jamey Newberg: Saint Lewis.

For many of us, it remains the greatest game in Rangers history, and its signature moment was the 1-2 breaking ball that froze A-Rod, sending him back to the visitors’ dugout and sending his Yankees home for the winter and sending 24 men sprinting toward Neftali’s mound and sending a franchise to its first World Series. […]

Newberg: All due respect.

Because sometimes it takes a little nostalgia to get through an off-season, even in its waning moments, today I ask you to gather around as we celebrate an iconic baseball card. The 1978 Topps Mickey Klutts rookie card. The card featured an eventual 13 All-Star appearances, 60 big league seasons, one toothpick-toting sparkplug, and a Hall of […]

Newberg: Baseball, hot dogs, Jeff Malm, and the enduring dreams of the uninvited.

When I heard last week that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey were shutting the circus down once and for all, after having been around three times longer than me, it registered with me that the news didn’t really register with me. I guess I hadn’t really thought about it, maybe ever, but on reflection […]

Jamey Newberg: Pudge.

“He said he wanted to be a Texas Ranger his whole career and he wanted to see if he could work out a deal.  That really meant a lot to me, and I think it meant a lot to this franchise.” That’s what Rangers President Tom Schieffer told a national reporter on August 1, 1997, the […]

Newberg: Tyson Ross, and rarity.

The Rangers agreed to terms on a pillow contract with Ian Desmond last year on February 29, the rarest of dates, and both the team and the player reaped rich rewards. Friday the 13th is somewhat less of a calendar anomaly than Leap Day, but then again Tyson Ross doesn’t need to have the kind of breakout season […]