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 […]

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: 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 […]

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: 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 […]

Jamey Newberg: Leap Day.

It’s sort of a bizarre deal for the team and for the player, one that surfaced out of pretty much nowhere. I’m nervous about it, but at the same time the coursing adrenaline triggered by the news of Ian Desmond at one year and $8 million reminds me that, on the one hand, this is only sports, and on the […]

Peter Gammons: The reality of positioning for the MLB Draft

JUPITER, FLA.—The 2008 Angels set their franchise record—and, remember, this was a franchise that began playing in the Eisenhower Administration—with 100 wins. The following June, because of free agents lost. They didn’t pick until the 24th selection in the first round, but had five selections in the first two rounds. That first pick, at 24, […]

Celebrating 2016, MLB Style

Nine to Know: 2016 from the Bill Chuck Files Dick Bartell and Mark Belanger each played 2016 MLB games. Jimmy Ripple and Marcus Thames each had 2016 plate appearances. Sam Leever pitched 2016 innings in his career. Bill Mazeroski finished his career with 2016 hits. Josh Hamilton has accumulated 2016 total bases in his career. […]

Newberg: Ripple effect.

Sometimes the press release reverberates with a cannonball splash, like four years ago today, when Texas was awarded the exclusive rights to negotiate with Nippon Ham righthander Yu Darvish after submitting a record posting bid of $51.7 million. Other times it registers with a mild ripple, like the anticipated reunion with Colby Lewis, the free agent signing […]

Profar, Texas Ranger.

Man, let’s go get him. His big question mark may at last be gone. But it still hovers, so maybe we can buy low. He’s raking, and if he’s right he can defend at a premium position. He’s high-risk, high-reward, but that risk keeps diminishing.   He could still be great, like we all thought, and he’s […]