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Saturday evening Sporcle Quiz

Saturday evening Sporcle Quiz

Photo by Richard Rodriguez/ We have a Sporcle Quiz for your entertainment this evening Well, there’s not much going as far as baseball news goes this evening, so I’ve got a Sporcle Quiz to keep you busy tonight... Can you name the players with the top 200 (really 202) single season home run totals? Good luck...
Jan 17, 2020
Baseball America’s Texas Rangers top 10 prospects

Baseball America’s Texas Rangers top 10 prospects

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports Baseball America has a fresh top 10 Texas Rangers prospects list Baseball America has released their list of the top 10 prospects in the Texas Rangers system and they are especially high on some of the latest international signings. 2019 first round pick Josh Jung is No. 1 in the rankings at BA but the biggest takeaway is the inclusion of 2019 J2 signees Maximo Acosta at No. 5 and Bayron Lora at No. 9 with 2018 signee Luisangel Acuna at No. 8. Pitcher Ronny Henriquez makes the list at No. 10 after signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2017. OF Lora...
Jan 17, 2020
LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #29 RUNOFF

LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #29 RUNOFF

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports We have a runoff for the #29 spot in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings We have a runoff for the #29 spot in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings between Ryan Garcia and Heriberto Hernandez. Of these two, who is the #29 prospect in the Rangers system right now? Cast your vote below...
Jan 16, 2020
Beltran out as Mets manager

Beltran out as Mets manager

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Carlos Beltran, a central figure in the Houston Astros cheating scandal, is stepping down, per reports Carlos Beltran is out as the New York Mets manager, per multiple reports, with Beltran reportedly offering to step down due to his involvement in the Houston Astros cheating scandal. Beltran was exempted from punishment for his role as one of the ringleaders in the Houston Astros’ 2017 scheme to use live video in an effort to relay signs in real time to hitters, since he was a player on that team and MLB opted not to levy any punishment on players who were part...
Jan 16, 2020
Buck Showalter, John Gibbons interview with Astros

Buck Showalter, John Gibbons interview with Astros

Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports The Houston Astros have reportedly interviewed a pair of veteran managers this week The Houston Astros are interviewing veteran major league (former) managers Buck Showalter and John Gibbons, per reports. Showalter was, reportedly, interviewed yesterday, and Gibbons is interviewing today. The Astros are, as you all know, looking to replace their manager, A.J. Hinch, who was fired after being suspended for a season for his role in the Astros sign stealing scandal. General manager Jeff Luhnow was also fired after getting a season-long suspension, though there...
Jan 16, 2020
LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #29

LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #29

Photo by Laurence Griffiths/ Congratulations to Jason Bahr, who has won the voting to be named the #28 prospect in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings... Congratulations to Jason Bahr, who won the voting to be named the #28 prospect in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings... Our list so far: 1 — Leody Taveras 2 — Josh Jung 3 — Nick Solak 4 — Hans Crouse 5 — Sam Huff 6 — Sherten Apostel 7 — Joe Palumbo 8 — Kolby Allard 9 — Cole Winn 10 — Brock Burke 11 — Bubba Thompson 12 — Taylor Hearn 13 — Steele Walker 14 — Davis Wendzel 15 — David...
Jan 15, 2020
Jeff Banister on Houston Astros manager list

Jeff Banister on Houston Astros manager list

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports The Astros early list for candidates to replace the suspended and fired A.J. Hinch includes former Rangers manager Jeff Banister Houston Astros rumors: Jeff Banister, the former Texas Rangers manager who led the team to American League West division titles in 2015 and 2016, is on the early list of candidates to replace A.J. Hinch, per Brian McTaggert. Hinch, along with general manager Jeff Luhnow, was fired this week after being suspended for a year by MLB as a result of the league’s investigation of the Astros cheating by stealing signs electronically in...
Jan 15, 2020
Jeffrey Springs traded for Sam Travis

Jeffrey Springs traded for Sam Travis

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports The Rangers have traded relief pitcher Jeffrey Springs to the Red Sox for first baseman Sam Travis Texas Rangers transactions: Jeffrey Springs has been traded to the Boston Red Sox for first baseman Sam Travis, the Rangers announced today. Springs had been designated for assignment earlier today, and Travis was outrighted off the Boston 40 man roster last week, so this doesn’t impact the Rangers’ 40 man roster. As we noted earlier today when Springs was outrighted, after a solid 2018, he struggled in 2019 and was non-tendered at the contract deadline in...
Jan 15, 2020
Rangers sign Frazier, Chirinos, DFA Bird, Springs

Rangers sign Frazier, Chirinos, DFA Bird, Springs

Welcome back, Robbie | Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/ The Rangers have officially signed free agents Todd Frazier and Robinson Chirinos Texas Rangers transactions: Todd Frazier and Robinson Chirinos were officially signed by the Texas Rangers today. To make room for them on the 40 man roster, the Rangers designated lefthanded relief pitchers Kyle Bird and Jeffrey Springs for assignment. The fact that Frazier and Chirinos were signed is no surprise, as the deal for Frazier was reported on Sunday, and the deal for Chirinos was over a week ago, with the delay presumably being coordinating getting...
Jan 15, 2020
Looking Back: 2019 Rangers Infield

Looking Back: 2019 Rangers Infield

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Reviewing the infield for last year’s Rangers team First, I’d like to apologize for the infield roster breakdown in which I put “projected OPS” when I meant OBP and used OBP numbers. I fixed that in this post but I see how that was probably extremely confusing. Anyway, on to looking at the 2019 Rangers infield. C Jeff Mathis When the Rangers got Mathis, the front office admitted it wasn’t about his offense but about his value as a mentor for the young catchers (IK-F and Trevino). Even with that disclaimer, his bat still managed to disappoint;...
Jan 15, 2020
LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #28

LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings — #28

Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/ Congratulations to Osleivis Basabe, who has won the voting to be named the #27 prospect in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings... Congratulations to Demarcus Evans, who won the voting to be named the #26 prospect in the LSB Offseason Community Prospect Rankings... Our list so far: 1 — Leody Taveras 2 — Josh Jung 3 — Nick Solak 4 — Hans Crouse 5 — Sam Huff 6 — Sherten Apostel 7 — Joe Palumbo 8 — Kolby Allard 9 — Cole Winn 10 — Brock Burke 11 — Bubba Thompson 12 — Taylor Hearn 13 — Steele Walker 14 — Davis Wendzel 15...
Jan 15, 2020
Wednesday morning Rangers things

Wednesday morning Rangers things

Photo by Richard Rodriguez/ Wednesday morning Rangers news and links Good morning, folks... Evan Grant writes that MLB has to face the fact that its rules in regards to cheating, and the development in technology in recent years, have made it too easy to break the rules. Mike Minor threw shade at Pete Abraham on Twitter after Alex Cora was fired, in a callback to Abraham criticizing the way Minor picked up his 200th strikeout of the 2019 season. Folks in Abilene got a visit from the Texas Rangers Winter Caravan yesterday, with Jesse Chavez, Nick Goody and Eric Nadel all participating.
Jan 14, 2020
Josh Donaldson, Minnesota Twins agree to 4 year deal

Josh Donaldson, Minnesota Twins agree to 4 year deal

Photo by Mike Zarrilli/MLB Photos via Josh Donaldson and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms on a four year deal, per reports Josh Donaldson and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms on a 4 year, $92 million deal with a fifth year option with a buyout that could make the entire deal worth $100 million, per multiple reports. Donaldson, 34, was one of the best players in baseball from 2013 through 2016, then had a very good 2017 followed by an injury-prone 2018. He bounced back with a 6.1 bWAR 2019 season for the Atlanta Braves, with whom he did a 1 year, $23 million deal last...
Jan 14, 2020
Boston Red Sox fire Alex Cora

Boston Red Sox fire Alex Cora

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Red Sox manager Alex Cora has been fired for his role in the Houston Astros cheating scandal The Boston Red Sox have fired manager Alex Cora, it was announced today. Cora was a bench coach for the 2017 Houston Astros, and in the report issued yesterday by MLB, he was singled out as a ringleader in the scheme implemented by Houston Astros players to illegally steals signs. MLB announced punishments yesterday for the Astros, which included year long suspensions for Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch, each of whom the Astros then fired. MLB is reportedly...
Jan 14, 2020
Passan throws cold water on Arenado trade talk

Passan throws cold water on Arenado trade talk

Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via Jeff Passan says everyone needs to slow their “Arenado to Cardinals” roll MLB Trade Rumors: Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals from the Colorado Rockies has been a hot rumor of late, even if it seems to be primarily pushed by one particular national writer. Jeff Passan, however, threw some cold water on the fevered speculation (“the Cards got Matt Liberatore because he’s going to the Rockies in an Arenado trade!”) with a tweet today that basically said that talks between the Cardinals and Rockies on an Arenado deal...