Newberg: The varying degree of cutting ties.

There are nine new GM’s in baseball since August, and while some of their predecessors are merely moving upstairs, that’s not the case for all of them, including Seattle’s Jerry Dipoto. Dipoto hasn’t overhauled his new club the way A.J. Preller did last winter with the Padres, but it’s early.  He’s been on the job less than two […]

Profar, Texas Ranger.

Man, let’s go get him. His big question mark may at last be gone. But it still hovers, so maybe we can buy low. He’s raking, and if he’s right he can defend at a premium position. He’s high-risk, high-reward, but that risk keeps diminishing.   He could still be great, like we all thought, and he’s […]

Newberg: Windows of opportunity.

It’s a relatively big day today, as Texas must decide by the end of the afternoon whether to tender Yovani Gallardo a one-year qualifying offer of $15.8 million, and whether to bid blindly on the right to negotiate with Korean first baseman Byung-ho Park, who was posted by his Nexen Heroes team on Monday. If the Rangers […]

Newberg: Fuel injection.

I think I’ve been here before Yes, I’ve been here before The last time you locked All the doors — “Yes I Am,” Radiohead So why does it still hurt? Don’t blow your mind with why — “Bloom,” Radiohead *                               […]

Newberg: Negative 9 things

Nine things: 1.   Adrian Beltre, after the game:  “I’m going home.  I’m not ready to go home.  I can’t process it yet that I’m going home.” Me either. I wasn’t ready to write this one. Still not.   2.    It was a terrible finish to the most unbelievable Texas Rangers season ever.  An exceptionally […]

Newberg: 9 Things

Nine things: 1.    As I walked away from Rogers Centre on Friday, the Blue Jays’ gameday staff was on the sidewalks popping hundreds of arched balloons, blue and white, that had girded the stadium for three days. I tried to resist the magnetic pull of the teed-up symbolism but, well, I’m too weak to do it.  Sports, as usual, […]

Newberg: 10 Things

Ten things: 1.     I’ve gotta admit, when I landed in Toronto Wednesday night, it sorta hit me — this felt like a Jays win in four games.  With the Toronto offense being what it is, I felt good about the Cole Hamels start but not great about the other three Texas would need to play before getting […]

Newberg: Closer

Jerad Eickhoff went 3-3, 2.65 in eight starts, with really good peripherals, for a Phillies club looking to find a new identity.  He looks like a guy who can pitch in the middle of a big league rotation right now, super affordably. Alec Asher didn’t fare as well in his big league debut (0-6, 9.31 in […]

Newberg: 162+

There were just seven weeks left in the season, and the Rangers, who two weeks earlier sat eight games out in the West, had won 12 of 17 since a 21-5 disaster at the hands of the Yankees. There were seven weeks left, and someone asked Jon Daniels during the Q&A portion of our Newberg […]

Newberg: Tight

Back home for the duration, facing the second-worst team in the American League, your warrior-beast on the mound, and that happens. Meanwhile, the Astros win by one run and the Angels win by one run and, hell, even the Twins won, though by a cushiony two-run margin. It’s a bad movie script. Tip of the cap […]