Jamey Newberg: Flippin’ Retribution

I’ve been on record for years, and as late as yesterday’s seventh inning, that as much as we as Rangers fans can’t stand Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson, I’d take them on my team in a second. I like good baseball players who bring an edge to the game. Well, after yesterday, this is as […]

Newberg: Matt Bush is a big leaguer.

When I sat down to write on Wednesday morning, and suggested that the Rangers designate righthander Anthony Ranaudo for assignment, recall lefthander Andrew Faulkner, option outfielder Delino DeShields to AAA (without waiting for Shin-Soo Choo’s activation), and purchase the contract of non-roster outfielder Jared Hoying, there were two things I absolutely didn’t anticipate: 1.  That the White Sox, who worked five […]

Newberg: Prologue?

Since the last time Texas and Toronto met, a full 40 percent of the Rangers’ 25-man roster has changed. Since that ineradicably memorable meeting, a full 40 percent of the Blue Jays’ 25-man roster has changed, too. David Price has moved on, as has Yovani Gallardo, and if you think those two don’t belong in […]

Newberg: Some hither, others yon.

  Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to Hank Blalock: The best development of the first month of the Rangers season is not the streak of five-inning starts or Adrian Beltre’s health and production or the first-place perch or Nomar Mazara. It’s Elvis Andrus playing as well in the field and at the plate as he’s […]

Newberg: A moment that took me back 22 years.

Around here the 1994 season is remembered for a few things. A new Ballpark, and color scheme. Kenny’s perfect game. And a first-place finish in the West (never mind that Texas was 10 games under .500) that produced a footnote rather than a franchise-first playoff berth, as the season effectively ended on August 12, when […]

Newberg: Like it’s 1999.

Dig if U will the picture. Think back 17 years, if your baseball experience allows it. It was 1999, and the Texas Rangers, in what was then the most optimistic stretch in franchise history, were once again sent into a circle around the drain by the frustratingly insurmountable New York Yankees. Back in 1996, Texas had beaten […]

Newberg: Bookends and other things that look alike.

  Last year, on this date, the Houston Astros were in the thick of a majestic run of baseball, one that saw them win 14 of 15, the lone setback a one-run loss to Seattle. When that 15-game domination ended on May 3, they were 18-7 overall. It was the best record in the American […]

Newberg: A glimpse of invincible.

Really excellent win last night, with the Rangers offense piling six of their 10 hits up in one inning, picking up their ace after he’d done so for them so many times, Rougie Odor having a day at the plate and in the field, all kinds of outstanding infield defense, and four right-handed relievers shutting […]

Jamey Newberg: Liftoff.

This all happened in the space of about 23 hours, beginning late Saturday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa. Round Rock right fielder Nomar Mazara singled to center in the top of the first inning. Mazara singled to right in the top of the third inning. Mazara homered in the top of the fifth inning. He didn’t appear in the […]

Jamey Newberg: Holaday plans.

Stephen Strasburg gave up five home runs in his three seasons at San Diego State. He’s allowed two homers this spring for the Nationals. [Editor’s note: Please don’t assume you’ve subscribed to the wrong report.  At least not yet.] In 2009, Strasburg’s junior year at SDSU, he was taken deep four times in 109 dominant […]