Newberg: One for me

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I’ve been at this long enough to know that a handful of you will unsubscribe today.  If you’re one, thanks for reading as long as you did. Really, truth be told, this one isn’t for the rest of you, either way, though I appreciate your patience or your indulgence or your polite tuneout, or whatever allows you […]

Newberg: You’re Chicago

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You’re Chicago. You’re facing a Rangers team that, because the Dodgers refused to schedule an afternoon start on getaway day, flew overnight and got to their hotel after 7 a.m. You’ve got Chris Sale going, the hottest pitcher in the league, and maybe its best. Texas doesn’t have its best pitcher going.  Or its second.  Or its third.  Or […]

Newberg: Left on left

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What do Adrian, Delino, Mitch, Josh, Derek, Martin, Matty, Yu, you, and me have in common? We all watched one heck of a baseball game last night. Left over from that group was a lineup that featured Adam Rosales hitting fifth and Joey Gallo hitting third against a lefthander, one who happens to be in […]

Newberg: The awesomeness of drafting Michael Matuella

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“I can’t think of a better day that I’ve had in my 24 years of scouting with the Texas Rangers.” So said Rangers Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Kip Fagg — after Day Two of the 2015 amateur draft. For the first time in his career, Fagg noted, Texas came away with four of the top 20 […]

Newberg: Joey Gallo is a Texas Ranger

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Given the opportunity by the schedule-makers to spend Monday focusing on next week’s draft, the Rangers’ baseball operations group was likely holed up in nearly full force up on the fourth floor for a very long day, but an unfortunate slide at second base in the fifth inning of an otherwise spectacular day between the lines on Sunday […]

Newberg: A little clap, a head nod, and a couple hands

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He was getting ready to hand me the ball.   I said: “No.  You need to wait. “Listen to the noise, the crowd.  That’s for you.  It’s getting ready to get real loud. “Don’t ever forget this.”  And with that, Jeff Banister took his hands off of Chi Chi Gonzalez’s shoulders, and pointed demonstratively toward right center, […]

Newberg: Home runs

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If you saw the on-field interview that Josh Hamilton did after the game last night with Emily Jones, you heard and saw Hamilton’s raw feelings about being a Texas Ranger again emerge the way his power stroke had a couple hours earlier. If you found yourself reading between the lines a bit at Hamilton’s April 27 press conference when he […]

Newberg: No roles. Just right.

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This contribution was provided by Jamey Newberg of The Newberg Report. The Newberg Report provides daily coverage of the Texas Rangers. After Neftali Feliz’s ninth-inning blow-up on May 16, resulting in the Rangers’ third straight loss and fourth out of five, Jeff Banister shared with local reporters that he’d told his bullpen that all roles would […]

Newberg: The unpredictability of what comes next

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This contribution was provided by Jamey Newberg of The Newberg Report. The Newberg Report provides daily coverage of the Texas Rangers. I was about five years into my law practice and a year into writing regularly about baseball when I decided, late in 1999, married but not yet a dad, that the natural thing for me to try doing […]

Newberg: Wild Pitching

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This contribution was provided by Jamey Newberg of The Newberg Report. The Newberg Report provides daily coverage of the Texas Rangers. Martin Perez’s last three full months on a big league mound: 11-4, 3.23 over 17 starts. Derek Holland’s six starts to finish 2014: 1.46 ERA, five walks in 37 innings. Matt Harrison’s last healthy season […]