Jamey Newberg: Way.

We won’t ever forget this Rangers season. We won’t forget it because Yu was traded and because Adrian grabbed history and, in the relatively lousy American League and with the Rangers’ relatively unimposing schedule, there may be another reason we won’t forget it. The 2017 season was also be remembered, forever, as the year Joey […]

Jamey Newberg: Ink.

There’s no way I could deliver a requiem on Josh Hamilton’s career as well as Levi Weaver did.  Instead, I thought I’d pull some things I’d written about him over the near-decade since he arrived, as I probably dumped more ink on the Josh Hamilton story than on anything else over that time. December 2007 The scariest thing about a […]

Jamey Newberg: Let’s Go.

Let’s go. Spring Break was 3,000 miles away from Surprise this year, but our 12-year-old wasn’t all that OK with the idea of a Rangers spring training going on fully without him, and he thought the concept of missing a day of school to get in a long weekend on the south side of those […]

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: 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: 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 […]

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: Patients, patience, and the road.

I’d planned two and half weeks ago to write about Jurickson Profar, because nobody else had. At that point, there’d been more words written locally and nationally this spring on Matt Bush — who was once a number one but not that kind of number one — than Profar. But then Ian Desmond signed, and […]

Newberg: Sunny days.

“Few teams have a better 1-2-3 prospect trio than the Rangers,” wrote Baseball America’s Ben Badler on Tuesday, in conjunction with his publication’s ranking of Texas minor leaguers. He was referring to Joey Gallo, Lewis Brinson, and Nomar Mazara, the same three that front any assessment of the Rangers’ system — though not always in that order, as Baseball Prospectus, for […]

Coffee and Clippings: Time to worry about Johnny Cueto?

David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) of ESPN’s SweetSpot blog asks if is time to worry about Johnny Cueto’s struggles… Has it been bad luck? Bad pitching? Before we get into that, it’s worth noting that Cueto’s worst three-game span with the Cincinnati Reds this season was 11 runs in 21.1 innings. In 2014, it was 12 runs in […]