Jamey Newberg: Raw.

A phase of your life comes to an easily defined and well-publicized end, and you’re around for the opportunity to move on, something not everyone is lucky enough to be. A roomful of friends whose bond will last forever are there for you on that day, nearly five dozen of them, the type of friends […]

Newberg: The importance of Mark Teixeira.

I’ve been doing this for more than 18 years.  I started before Mark Teixeira was a professional baseball player, and there’s at least a decent chance I’ll be doing it after that, too. Strange feeling. He and a fellow Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket are the two greatest first-round draft picks in Texas Rangers history, but Teixeira, […]

Going for it — the Rangers trade for Carlos Beltran, Jonathan Lucroy, and Jeremy Jeffress.

We’ve all pointed to 2007 as the year when the Rangers’ front office philosophy changed — maybe “took shape” is the better way to put it — when one- and five-year plans were put in place to take what had been a flagging franchise, at least in terms of pennant race absence and regular double-digit […]

Newberg: Pro Active.

The point of this morning’s entry, as it cooked in my head the past few days, was going to be that if I were another team, I’d be aggressively trying to pry Jurickson Profar free from Texas, like Sandy Alomar Jr. blocked by Benito Santiago, Jeff Bagwell stuck behind Scott Cooper, Michael Young caught in […]

Newberg: Happy New Month.

“Veteran scouts are blown away by [the] Rangers’ farm system, counting 16 legitimate prospects, easily the most in MLB, giving them ammo for trades. “So, yes, the Rangers, who need bullpen help, have plenty of prospects to land whoever they desire at the trade deadline.”  So tweeted USA Today’s Bob Nightengale yesterday. San Diego traded closer Fernando […]

Newberg: Surpluses and deficits.

There are too many middle infielders, and there will be a trade. The 23-year-old could go in July or the winter. The 27-year-old could go, but in the winter only. The 22-year-old almost surely doesn’t go at all. Not fun to think about, but one is going to go away and it’s going to improve […]

Jamey Newberg: Plan B.

I didn’t love that Sam Dyson had to pitch the ninth inning on Tuesday, and I didn’t love that Nick Martinez got off the bullpen bench in the third inning on Wednesday, starting to get loose as Oakland was busy sending eight hitters to the plate against Derek Holland. Hours earlier, Jeff Banister had hinted […]

Newberg: A loss and other hurts.

It wasn’t just a loss, an otherwise acceptable outcome since it happens even to the best teams 40 percent of the time. It’s never a comfortable sight when head trainer Kevin Harmon walks onto the field with the manager, and last night he did so twice, visiting Yu Darvish on the mound and then Adrian Beltre […]

Jamey Newberg: MVP.

The initial All-Star Game balloting numbers were released a couple days ago, with the top five American League vote-getters revealed at each of the nine offensive positions (actually, 15 outfielders without specific positions), for a total of 45 players among the 15 AL clubs. There were zero Rangers. The AL West-leading Rangers, that is, whose 31-22 […]

Jamey Newberg: Imagining things.

  It’s rained a ton this holiday weekend, wiping out lots of youth baseball and other outdoor plans but holding off long enough for Texas to get in three against Pittsburgh and win the majority of them. Helped along by Yu Darvish and Jurickson Profar, teammates for the first time in two and a half […]