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 […]

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 […]

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: Fits and starts.

It’s been a fairly atypical off-season for the Rangers from the standpoint of roster reconstruction, as the heaviest of the organization’s lifting for 2016 took place way back in July. The winter has been relatively slow on a recent Rangers scale, but that’s largely because the blueprint the front office had drawn up for building […]

Newberg: The longest winter.

The Rangers didn’t trade for Cole Hamels. They didn’t trade for Cole Hamels, because before they could do that, he said yes to Houston. They didn’t trade for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman, because Houston got them both, and didn’t need to trade for Oliver Perez two weeks later. They didn’t trade for Cole Hamels […]

Newberg: Home cooking

The compound featured an element of embarrassment and one of catalysis, or maybe it was just baseball cycle at work, and not the Adrian Beltre variety. On Tuesday the Rangers were battered at home (21-5, Yankees). On Wednesday, the front office delivered Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman. Since then, Texas has played eight games and won seven, all […]

The Phillies no-hitter by committee

Watching the end of the Phillies/Braves game yesterday afternoon felt a little odd as the Philadelphia team ran out on the field with greater exuberance than an ordinary win, but certainly more contained than what would follow an extraordinary event as Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon combined to pitch the 11th […]

Stats report: Phillies combine for a no hitter

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @ATMreports. 1) Yesterday, Phillies P Cole Hamels, […]