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Wanting to get tickets hoping the game I pick will be the actual opening day.  What's the safest bet, late April vs Oakland or mid-May vs Toronto or Boston?

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2 hours ago, Vic Mackey said:

I don't see them starting before June.

Also wouldn't be a surprise if the schedule gets revised with different dates and such.

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5 hours ago, TeddyBearStallion said:

Wanting to get tickets hoping the game I pick will be the actual opening day.  What's the safest bet, late April vs Oakland or mid-May vs Toronto or Boston?

They’ll have to build a new schedule 

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38 minutes ago, Elmer_Fudd said:

Also wouldn't be a surprise if the schedule gets revised with different dates and such.

Yep. Guessing the new schedule would have to be reformatted to have the same percentage of divisional games as usual. And interleague probably will be scrapped.

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Something to read from TR, at least. 

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The Rangers, like the rest of baseball, face the great unknown, wondering when the game will resume.

But there were a few things they did learn in Spring Training before baseball was shut down.

1) Odor must carry big load
The Rangers know Todd Frazier is a proven Major League hitter, but they don’t know what they will get out of Ronald Guzmán, Greg Bird or Sam Travis -- don’t forget him -- at first base. If Frazier has to play first, can Isiah Kiner-Falefa or Matt Duffy provide the needed offense at third? The Rangers really need a big year from Rougned Odor at second base to help carry the offense, and he was having an excellent camp before the shutdown.

2) You never know where utility players might end up
The Rangers wanted Nick Solak to get early work in center field. The next step was to try him at third base. His best position is second base. Then Willie Calhoun went down with a fractured jaw, so it appeared that Solak could be the Opening Day left fielder. But if the season is delayed long enough, Calhoun could be back out there for Opening Day, leaving Solak back in a utility role, with Danny Santana locked in as the center fielder.

3) The rotation was headed in the right direction
The Rangers were feeling good about their rotation when everything came to a halt. Corey Kluber and Lance Lynn were up to 85 pitches and five-plus innings in their last outings. Mike Minor was right behind with 4 2/3 scoreless frames in his last outing. Kyle Gibson looked as if he was going to be ready for the start of the season after dealing with ulcerative colitis last season. His weight and strength were back to normal. Jordan Lyles was showing an improved changeup to go with his high fastball and swing-and-miss curve. Overall the starting five was a big positive for the Rangers.

4) Rangers are smitten with White, Taveras
Last summer Eli White seemed to be another Triple-A utility candidate with some speed, athleticism and so-so offensive numbers. Now he is being described as an elite defensive center fielder who is starting to figure things out offensively. Switch-hitting rookie Leody Taveras is another center fielder who the Rangers think can play defense at a high level, once his offensive productivity increases. They were the most exciting rookies in camp.

5) Youth may be served in bullpen
The Rangers brought a few veteran relievers into camp on Minor League contracts to compete for spots in the bullpen. But it was some of the young pitchers who were most impressive including right-handers Jonathan Hernández and Demarcus Evans, and left-handers Taylor Hearn and Brett Martin. Right-hander Luke Farrell was also enjoying a strong camp. But the most impressive reliever for the Rangers was right-hander Nick Goody, claimed off waivers from the Indians. He pitched six scoreless innings, allowed one hit, walked two and struck out 14.

 

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I'm so old I was around after college and living in Arlington when the last stadium opened. I completely recall saying to others "why are so many others building domes and we arent in this august heat". For 30 years FA pitchers didnt want to come here because they would be totally gassed by august 31 and their agents would tell them so.

Looking forward to the next 20 years. We almost did it with a shithole outdoor stadium.

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3 hours ago, markstanco said:

I'm so old I was around after college and living in Arlington when the last stadium opened. I completely recall saying to others "why are so many others building domes and we arent in this august heat". For 30 years FA pitchers didnt want to come here because they would be totally gassed by august 31 and their agents would tell them so.

Looking forward to the next 20 years. We almost did it with a shithole outdoor stadium.

 that ballpark was far far from a shithole outdoor stadium!!!  

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On 3/16/2020 at 4:10 PM, Vic Mackey said:

Yep. Guessing the new schedule would have to be reformatted to have the same percentage of divisional games as usual. And interleague probably will be scrapped.

Well, that is one good thing to come out of this pandemic. 

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 that ballpark was far far from a shithole outdoor stadium!!!  
That came out incorrectly. I meant more along the lines of shithole idea to build an outdoor stadium. The Temple was a really nice place. In April.

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Replaying the Adrian retirement ceremony game on FSSW now. Goddamn, our offense was gross last year. 

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Shin-Soo Choo - DH
Delino DeShields - CF
Elvis Andrus - SS
Nomar Mazara - RF
Logan Forsythe - 3B
Rougned Odor - 2B
Danny Santana - LF
Ronald Guzman - 1B
Jeff Mathis - C

 

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On 4/1/2020 at 5:57 PM, Jameslaw121 said:

Choo giving $1,000 to each Rangers minor leaguer. App. 190 of them

Absolutely badass of him.  

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What if MLB did a short season followed by a CWS style double-elimination tournament consisting of the top 16 or so teams, ending with a best of 7. Would that be cool?

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At least Willie’s back swinging. Kind of odd placement on those TVs. 

 

 

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This is a really good discussion of the 90s playoff teams, mostly focused on '96. I always thought Johnny Oates was the perfect manager for that type of team, mostly veterans but some really important young guys too.

 

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Posted (edited)

So Clasé just ate an 80-game suspension for PEDs. Hope Kluber has something in the tank for y’all.

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On 5/1/2020 at 2:53 PM, TheStoicPaisano said:

So Clasé just ate an 80-game suspension for PEDs. Hope Kluber has something in the tank for y’all.

That definitely makes the trade look even better. You suppose the Rangers knew something was up with him?

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From a Cleveland fan perspective...I just hope that Clase’s 2019 wasn’t a result of the PEDs. Cleveland shut him down mid-March with a lat strain, so maybe (hopefully?) he took the PED during rehab. I don’t know if the players are stateside right now, but a bunch of the PED suspensions have hit Dominican natives like Clase.

Indians fan thought COVID would help with Clase and Carrasco getting extra rehab. No bueno. DeShields as a starter on a 90-win team is a big ask.

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Fortunately you only have about 19 other OFs to choose from. 

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Since 1961, the Rangers/Senators are the only Major League franchise without a player with at least 500 starts in center field. Even the Rays and D-backs, who have only been in existence since 1998, have had two each.

That’s pretty crazy. 

TR’s Top 5 CFs, it isn’t pretty

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Oddibe is my favorite all time name. I tried to talk my wife into naming one of our kids Oddibe, but she wasn’t having it. 

Was sitting in the outfield with wife and kids when Gary Matthew’s made that highlight catch off the wall. Well, I should have been. Wife and kids got hot and wanted to leave. We were losing, so I gave in. As we were just about out of the stadium, the crowd erupts. I knew we weren’t up to bat yet, so couldn’t figure out why they got loud all of a sudden. Get back to the hotel room and see the highlight. Damn it!

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On 4/17/2020 at 6:14 PM, DougO said:

I heard they started playing games in Taiwan. Put that shit on TV.

Korean baseball on ESPN now, no fans. Incredibly bored announcers, anonymous American fat dude doing play by play in Korea and obligatory annoying female doing commentary virtually in the comfort of her own home.

Samsung leads Kia 9-2 in the 8th. Hell yes. Samsung TVs rule, watching the game one one now. Fuck Kia.

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MLB reportedly is aiming for a July season opening, just in time for the Rangers annual summer nosedive.

 

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2 hours ago, DougO said:

MLB reportedly is aiming for a July season opening, just in time for the Rangers annual summer nosedive.

 

But no string of 105 degree first pitches this season, so maybe no nosedive, or stl least a comfortable one. 

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Fun with #s. Nice to not see Choo’s albatross on there anymore. 

 

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On 5/20/2020 at 12:57 PM, ss13 said:

Grant has some pics up. 


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I hope that's their upcoming schedule of opponents up there on the right. Then they have a shot at contention.

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Am I the only ranger fan excited about the idea of no season?
 

we would get 

1) spared from watching an awful team again this year

2) Choo and fielder completely paid off

3) lose one year of odor without having to watch him

4) one year closer to odor not being a ranger anymore

5 wouldn’t have to watch the cheating Astros possibly win a World Series.

 

im rooting for no season and we can pick things up again next year.

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That’s a negative, I’m an actual baseball fan. 

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