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Apr 4, 2020
Commissioners, President talk about when games can resume

Commissioners, President talk about when games can resume

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via The President held a conference call with sports league commissioners on the status of professional leagues The President had a conference call today with the commissioners of the major sports leagues to discuss the ongoing Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, which has shut down play for pretty much all major sports. The President said today that he wanted to see play resume and to have fans in stadiums and arenas soon, and was hopeful that the NFL would be able to begin its season on time in September with fans in the seats. However, California...
Apr 4, 2020
Saturday Morning Rangers Things

Saturday Morning Rangers Things

Rangers update for Saturday, April 4 Good morning, LSB. Evan Grant writes that a group of Rangers’ upper-level management is taking a pay cut in order to mitigate the effect of the corona delay and to avoid lower-level layoffs. Grant also answered questions from fans that mostly involved the start of the season and wrote a scouting report on Rangers' eleventh-ranked prospect Ronny Henriquez. Ken Rosenthal writes that there's still a ton in the air when it comes to deciding when to kick off the season. That's about it. Have a nice weekend.
Apr 3, 2020
Random Poll of the Day: Favorite N.L. Team

Random Poll of the Day: Favorite N.L. Team

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Which of the 15 National League teams do you like the best? We have no baseball, and so, in the interim, while I’ll be finding some baseball things to write about, the baseball stuff will be fairly scant. So why not have random ass polls about things that don’t matter? We did polls every weekday beginning two weeks ago. Monday we asked, what is the best flavor of Pop Tart? Tuesday we asked, what is the best color? Wednesday we asked, what is the best (non-Texas) state? Thursday we asked, what was your first car? Friday we asked, what is the best pizza...
Apr 2, 2020
Lone Star Ball Rewatch Thread - Texas Rangers @ Seattle Mariners

Lone Star Ball Rewatch Thread - Texas Rangers @ Seattle Mariners

Photo by Stephen Brashear/ The annual tradition of beating the Mariners Texas Rangers @ Seattle Mariners Wednesday, May 29, 2019 T-Mobile Park RHP Jose Leclerc (followed by LHP Drew Smyly) vs. RHP Wade LeBlanc Today's Lineups RANGERS MARINERS Logan Forsythe - 1B Mallex Smith - CF Danny Santana - CF Mitch Haniger - RF Elvis Andrus - SS Daniel Vogelbach - DH Hunter Pence - LF Edwin Encarnacion - 1B Nomar Mazara - RF Domingo Santana - LF Asdrubal Cabrera - 3B Kyle Seager - 3B Rougned Odor - 2B Tim Beckham - SS Ronald Guzman - DH Tom Murphy - C Jeff Mathis - C Shed...
Apr 2, 2020
James Jones to miss 2020 with torn patellar tendon

James Jones to miss 2020 with torn patellar tendon

Rangers minor league pitcher James Jones tore the patellar tendon in his knee and will miss the 2020 season James Jones, a lefthanded relief pitcher with the Texas Rangers on a minor league deal, will miss the 2020 season after having surgery for a torn patellar tendon in his right knee, per reports from the beat guys on Twitter. Jones injured his knee after having tripped on one of his children’s toys. Jones was acquired by the Rangers after the 2015 season from the Seattle Mariners, along with Tom Wilhelmsen and Patrick Kivlehan, in the deal that sent Leonys Martin and Anthony Bass to...
Apr 2, 2020
Random Poll of the Day: Best Condiment

Random Poll of the Day: Best Condiment

Photo by Jim Sugar/Corbis via What is the best condiment? We have no baseball, and so, in the interim, while I’ll be finding some baseball things to write about, the baseball stuff will be fairly scant. So why not have random ass polls about things that don’t matter? We did polls every weekday beginning two weeks ago. Monday we asked, what is the best flavor of Pop Tart? Tuesday we asked, what is the best color? Wednesday we asked, what is the best (non-Texas) state? Thursday we asked, what was your first car? Friday we asked, what is the best pizza topping? As for last week’s...
Apr 2, 2020
Ed Farmer, former Texas Ranger, has passed away

Ed Farmer, former Texas Ranger, has passed away

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Ed Farmer, Chicago White Sox broadcaster and former Texas Rangers pitcher, has passed away at the age of 70 Ed Farmer, the Chicago White Sox broadcaster and former major league pitcher, has passed away. He was 70. Farmer, a big righthander who threw hard and not very accurately, spent 11 years in the majors, including a brief stint with the Texas Rangers. The Rangers acquired Farmer and Gary Holle in December, 1978, in exchange for Reggie Cleveland, then traded the pair exactly six months later to the Chicago White Sox for Eric Soderholm. While Farmer only...
Apr 1, 2020
Lone Star Ball Rewatch Thread - Texas Rangers @ Pittsburgh Pirates

Lone Star Ball Rewatch Thread - Texas Rangers @ Pittsburgh Pirates

Photo by Justin K. Aller/ No foolin’ Texas Rangers @ Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, May 08, 2019 PNC Park RHP Shelby Miller vs. RHP Nick Kingham Today's Lineups RANGERS PIRATES Shin-Soo Choo - LF Starling Marte - CF Elvis Andrus - SS Melky Cabrera - LF Nomar Mazara - RF Gregory Polanco - RF Joey Gallo - CF Josh Bell - 1B Asdrubal Cabrera - 3B Jung Ho Kang - 3B Rougned Odor - 2B Elias Diaz - C Danny Santana - 1B Kevin Newman - 2B Jeff Mathis - C Cole Tucker - SS Shelby Miller - RHP Nick Kingham - RHP Back in May, the Rangers surprisingly not horrible,...
Apr 1, 2020
Shin-Soo Choo giving money to minor leaguers

Shin-Soo Choo giving money to minor leaguers

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Veteran outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is providing $1000 to each of the Texas Rangers’ roughly 190 minor leaguers Veteran Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has arranged to donate $1000 to each of the Texas Rangers’ minor league players, according to multiple reports. With there being roughly 190 minor leaguers with the Rangers, that comes to around $190,000 that Choo is providing. While the primary focus over the Coronavirus/COVID-19 national emergency and its impact on baseball has been on the major league season being delayed, minor leaguers are also...
Apr 1, 2020
Random Poll of the Day: Favorite Looney Tunes character

Random Poll of the Day: Favorite Looney Tunes character

Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images What is your favorite Looney Tunes character? We have no baseball, and so, in the interim, while I’ll be finding some baseball things to write about, the baseball stuff will be fairly scant. So why not have random ass polls about things that don’t matter? We did polls every weekday beginning two weeks ago. Monday we asked, what is the best flavor of Pop Tart? Tuesday we asked, what is the best color? Wednesday we asked, what is the best (non-Texas) state? Thursday we asked, what was your first car? Friday we asked, what is the best pizza topping? As...
Apr 1, 2020
Wednesday morning Rangers things

Wednesday morning Rangers things

Wednesday morning Rangers news, rumors and links Good morning, folks...Ben has apparently decided that LSB is “non-essential” under Tarrant County’s stay-at-home order... Globe Life Field was supposed to have its official regular season debut this week — obviously that didn’t happen, but the Rangers are hopeful it will happen soon. Levi Weaver ranks the top 10 seasons by a Texas Ranger first baseman in team history. Jim Callis looks at the state of the Texas Rangers farm as of right now...I would say heading into the 2020 season, but we don’t know when we’ll be heading into...
Mar 31, 2020
Lone Star Ball Rewatch Thread - Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers

Lone Star Ball Rewatch Thread - Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers

Photo by Richard Rodriguez/ 10 Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers Saturday, August 31, 2019 The Ballpark LHP Tommy Milone vs. LHP Brock Burke Today's Lineups ANGELS RANGERS David Fletcher - 3B Shin-Soo Choo - RF Mike Trout - CF Danny Santana - 1B Shohei Ohtani - DH Elvis Andrus - SS Justin Upton - LF Willie Calhoun - LF Albert Pujols - 1B Rougned Odor - DH Brian Goodwin - RF Logan Forsythe - 3B Luis Rengifo - 2B Nick Solak - 2B Wilfredo Tovar - SS Scott Heineman - CF Max Stassi - C Jose Trevino - C Before this game, the Rangers altered franchise norms by...
Mar 31, 2020
Random Poll of the Day: Favorite former Ranger manager

Random Poll of the Day: Favorite former Ranger manager

Sadly, Tim Bogar was only “interim,” and thus isn’t eligible | Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Who is your favorite former Texas Rangers manager? We have no baseball, and so, in the interim, while I’ll be finding some baseball things to write about, the baseball stuff will be fairly scant. So why not have random ass polls about things that don’t matter? We did polls every weekday beginning two weeks ago. Monday we asked, what is the best flavor of Pop Tart? Tuesday we asked, what is the best color? Wednesday we asked, what is the best (non-Texas) state? Thursday we asked, what was...
Mar 31, 2020
MLB announces minor leaguers to get money through May 31

MLB announces minor leaguers to get money through May 31

Michael Prengler/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via MLB will continue paying minor league players their spring training stipend through May 31 Major League Baseball announced this morning that “it has extended the league-wide initiative of financial support for Minor League players.” That support is not paying the players their actual salaries under their minor league contracts, but is paying minor leaguers the per diem they would receive during spring training, which varies from team to team. MLB has said that this arrangement will continue through May 31, 2020, or...
Mar 31, 2020
White Sox 1B/DH A.J. Reed has retired

White Sox 1B/DH A.J. Reed has retired

Photo by Rob Carr/ Former second round pick A.J. Reed announced his retirement earlier this month A.J. Reed, Chicago White Sox first baseman and former Houston Astro second round pick, announced his retirement earlier this month, something I just learned today. I’m not entirely sure how I missed this announcement, which the Houston Chronicle article linked in the previous sentence says occurred on March 4 — a time when spring training games were still being played and COVID-19 hadn’t completely taken over the public consciousness. Reed is an interesting guy who was on our radar...