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SBN Reacts: World Series predictions

SBN Reacts: World Series predictions

SBN Reacts asks who folks are rooting for, and their predictions for the World Series Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Rangers fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. The Tampa Bay Rays may not have the biggest national following normally, but right now they are the most popular team in baseball. According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts results, a clear majority of baseball fans want the Rays to win the World Series. Of course, just because that’s who fans want to...
Lone Star Ball Oct 20, 2020
Tuesday Morning Texas Rangers Update

Tuesday Morning Texas Rangers Update

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports The World Series returns to Arlington! Good morning. The Shed will host the World Series beginning tonight but the Texas Rangers won’t be there to bask in the Fall Classic. Evan Grant writes that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays can present attractive blueprints for Texas to follow as they continue to seek a path back to October glory. Jamey Newberg takes a stab at projecting a 2021 roster for the Rangers as he looks at the present and future of each position. Grant notes that Hans Crouse is not at instructional league camp for “positive...
Lone Star Ball Oct 18, 2020
Dodgers v Rays in the World Series

Dodgers v Rays in the World Series

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays will face off in the World Series The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves tonight by a score of 4-3 in tonight’s Game 7 of the NLCS, and will now face off in the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, who won their ALCS Game 7 against the Houston Astros. The Rangers own Globe Life Field will be hosting all seven (if necessary) games of the World Series, with Game 1 on Tuesday night. We had all hoped that there would be a World Series played at Globe Life Field in its inaugural season...just not like...
Lone Star Ball Oct 18, 2020
Miami Marlins, Mike Hill part ways

Miami Marlins, Mike Hill part ways

David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/Tribune News Service via The Marlins and president of baseball operations Mike Hill are parting ways, per reports The Miami Marlins have let president of baseball operations Mike Hill go, per multiple reports. Interestingly, Hill was originally a Texas Rangers draft pick, selected in the 31st round in 1993, and playing in the Rangers system in 1993 and 1994. Hill was in the Tampa Bay Rays front office from 1995-99, then was director of player development for the Colorado Rockies before joining the Marlins in 2002. He was general manager for the Marlins...
Lone Star Ball Oct 16, 2020
Former LAA employee indicted in Skaggs death

Former LAA employee indicted in Skaggs death

Photo by John McCoy/ Former Angels employee Eric Kay has been indicted in connection with the death of Tyler Skaggs Eric Kay, formerly an employee of the Los Angeles Angels, has been indicated by a Fort Worth grand jury on charges connected with the July 1, 2019, death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, per multiple reports. Skaggs, in the Metroplex with the Angels for a series the team was playing against the Texas Rangers, was found dead in a hotel room in Southlake, Texas, on that day. Two months later a determination was made that Skaggs had died of a fentanyl overdose. Kay was later...
Lone Star Ball Oct 16, 2020
SBN Reacts: Who are folks rooting for?

SBN Reacts: Who are folks rooting for?

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ SBN Reacts asked who folks were rooting for in the playoffs, and what Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Rangers fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. The Tampa Bay Rays are the most popular team in the country. Whether it’s because Rays fever is sweeping the nation or they are playing the most despised team in baseball, one thing is clear – Tampa has become the people’s team. According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, more fans picked the Rays as...
Lone Star Ball Oct 14, 2020
Rangers interested in Ha-seong Kim, per report

Rangers interested in Ha-seong Kim, per report

Photo by Han Myung-Gu/ Jon Paul Morosi says that the Rangers are expected to pursue Korean shortstop MLB rumors involving the Texas Rangers for the coming offseason have already started. Ha-seong Kim, a 24 year old shortstop/third baseman with the Kiwoom Heroes in the KBO, is reportedly going to be posted this offseason, per Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi lists the Rangers and the San Francisco Giants as teams that “are viewed as suitors.” Morosi says that while Kim has primarily played shortstop, scouts think he could be a better fit for a team that can use him at second base or third...
Lone Star Ball Oct 13, 2020
2021 MLB Draft order official, Rangers picking second

2021 MLB Draft order official, Rangers picking second

Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via The selection order for the 2021 MLB Draft was made official yesterday, and the Rangers are picking second The 2021 MLB Draft order is now officially set, with the Pittsburgh Pirates on the clock with the #1 selection. The Texas Rangers will be picking second in the draft. Normally, there are no questions about the MLB Draft order — once the season is over, the selections are in place based on previous year’s record and the established tiebreakers. Because of the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic and the resulting changes for the 2020 season...
Lone Star Ball Oct 12, 2020
OTD 10 years ago: Rangers beat Rays, win first postseason series

OTD 10 years ago: Rangers beat Rays, win first postseason series

Photo by J. Meric/ 10/12/2010: Cliff Lee dominates, Rangers defeat Rays in Game 5 of ALDS It was ten years ago tonight that the Texas Rangers won Game 5 of the 2010 ALDS over the Tampa Bay Rays and clinched their first postseason series win in franchise history. Rangers’ ace Cliff Lee took the mound against Tampa Bay and absolutely shined, giving Texas what was, at the time, the franchise’s biggest win. It sent the Rangers to the ALCS for the first time and secured a date with the hated Yankees, who had easily dismissed the Twins a few days before. I remember where I was and who I...
Lone Star Ball Oct 10, 2020
Ruminating on Chris Archer

Ruminating on Chris Archer

Photo by Brian Blanco/ The Pirates are not expected to bring Chris Archer back. The Rangers would seem likely to be interested in him. Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer has long been coveted by the Texas Rangers. Archer also didn’t pitch in 2020 due to surgery in June for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and while he is expected to be healthy for 2021, Jon Heyman mentioned on Twitter yesterday that the Pirates aren’t expected to exercise their team option on him ($11 million with a $125,000 buyout) for next season. Which got me thinking? Archer, 32, is an interesting case. ...
Lone Star Ball Oct 9, 2020
SBN Reacts: Playoff Edition

SBN Reacts: Playoff Edition

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports The SBN Reacts offers thoughts on the biggest surprise in the Wild Card round and who was expected to advance in the LDSs Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Rangers fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. The MLB playoffs have been a wild rush of games so far. But fans are still absorbing as much baseball as possible. In the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey asked Monday before the start of play, fans were asked to pick a winner from each of the LCS...
Lone Star Ball Oct 8, 2020
Qualifying offer for 2020 to be $18.9M, per report

Qualifying offer for 2020 to be $18.9M, per report

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Evan Drellich is reporting that the qualifying offer this offseason will increase from $17.8 million to $18.9 million The qualifying offer to MLB free agents this offseason is increasing from the $17.8 million amount that was used for players becoming free agents after the 2019 season to $18.9 million for players after 2020, according to Evan Drellich on Twitter. This most likely doesn’t impact the Rangers — the one player coming into the season who would be a free agent after 2020 and who might have received the qualifying offer was Mike Minor, who had a...
Lone Star Ball Oct 6, 2020
Julio Rangel, Hector Ortiz will not return

Julio Rangel, Hector Ortiz will not return

Photo by Abbie Parr/ The Rangers will not be bringing back coaches Julio Rangel and Hector Ortiz Texas Rangers coaches Julio Rangel and Hector Ortiz will not return in 2021, per the beat guys. The team is not renewing the contract of Rangel, who has been the team’s pitching coach since 2019. Ortiz has been offered a role in the organization, but will not be on the major league coaching staff, and is weighing whether to accept the new role. Rangel, 45, was hired by the Rangers in November, 2018, to be the pitching coach on new manager Chris Woodward’s staff. Rangel had already...
Lone Star Ball Oct 3, 2020
Texas Rangers Instructional League roster announced

Texas Rangers Instructional League roster announced

Photo by Tom Pennington/ The Rangers have released their Instructional League roster The Texas Rangers Instructional League roster for 2020 has been announced, with 60 players on the list of those who will be in camp. Included in the group are all five of the Rangers’ draft picks from 2020 — first rounder Justin Foscue, who also was part of the 60 man pool this summer and was at the Alternate Training Site, as well as Evan Carter, T.K. Roby, Dylan MacLean and Thomas Saggese. 2019 draftees who are on the roster include Josh Jung, Davis Wendzel, Justin Slaten, Cody Bradford, Cody...
Lone Star Ball Oct 3, 2020
2019 2nd rounder Ryan Garcia had Tommy John surgery

2019 2nd rounder Ryan Garcia had Tommy John surgery

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ Righthanded pitcher Ryan Garcia had Tommy JohN surgery in March, per Evan Grant Righthanded pitcher Ryan Garcia, the Texas Rangers’ second round pick out of UCLA in 2019, underwent Tommy John surgery in March, per Evan Grant. This is the first that this has been mentioned, I believe. Given what all was going on in March, both in the world in general and in baseball in particular, this wouldn’t have necessarily been on anyone’s radar at the time anyway. Garcia was a small, high spin rate pitcher who was a late riser around draft time in 2019. Garcia...

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