Results tagged ‘ Michael Young ’

Rangers Links (Don’t Panic Edition)

It's a little too early to start feeling like this about the Rangers' spring training.

It’s a little too early to start feeling like this about the Rangers’ spring training.

Repeat after me: the games don’t count.  It’s reassuring to remind yourself of that every time you see results like yesterday.  Or the day before.  Or any of these spring training games.  It’s only natural to have at least a small amount of concern that the Rangers have yet to put anything other than a bagel in the “W” column, especially given that wins were a rarity over the final few weeks of last season.

(By the way, did you notice the only other team that has yet to post a spring training victory?  They play their regular season home games at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, to give you a hint.)

To get worked up over early spring training results is a quixotic endeavor, given the relative rust on the players and the individual tasks they set for themselves  that may give way to garish performances.  A pitcher’s goal in a spring training game may simply be to throw his fastball for strikes, results be damned.  Maybe a hitter is working on a new aspect to his swing.  Maybe a player simply isn’t ready for the season at this point in late February.  I don’t have problems with any of that.  When spring training is over and the battles for the number five starter, utility infielder and regular centerfielder are over, I’m willing to bet (like many others) that the Rangers will have a unit that will be very competitive for a playoff spot in the American League West.  Until then, practice your anti-Kevin McCallister face.

Rangers’ Ron Washington says prospect Mike Olt trying too hardGerry Fraley has the Rangers skipper saying Mike Olt should not put so much pressure on himself to perform.

Hamilton on Michael Young & the Rangers - It seems like everyone has an opinion on how things went/ended with Michael Young on the Rangers, including Josh Hamilton.

Despite villainous reputation, Rangers’ A.J. Pierzynski a winner, ex-mates sayFraley writes about the Rangers’ new catcher, who won a World Series with Chicago in 2005 (subscribers only).

Alexi Ogando’s continuing struggles could throw wrench in rotation plansWith most of the focus on the Rangers’ fifth starter competition, everyone is kind of assuming Ogando will step in and be the guy he was a few years ago as a starter.  Might not work out quite so smooth, based on early returns.

Rangers not about to ignore Ogando’s early strugglesJust because the results don’t count doesn’t mean that Ron Washington is paying no attention to Ogando’s troubles, writes Drew Davison.

Rangers’ survivors say change is goodRandy Galloway says that the holdovers from a tumultuous off-season are still confident that this club can win a World Series.

Leonys Martin staking claim to CF jobA trio of stories today from Ron Matejko, who is filling in for new ESPN Radio host Richard Durrett.  The first has Leonys Martin starting to emerge as a favorite for a more regular role with the Rangers.

Alexi Ogando still working out some kinksOgando and Washington talk about the right-hander’s struggles.

Robbie Ross aiming for last rotation spotThe 2011 RoughRider talks about his desire to join the Rangers’ rotation.

Burns stepping forward in Rangers’ bullpenT.R. Sullivan has Washington giving some kind words to bullpen-hopeful Corey Burns.

Berkman ready for first Cactus League actionSullivan’s notes column touches on Lance Berkman’s expected spring debut this afternoon, Ogando and injury updates for Engel Beltre & Craig Gentry.

- Alex

Rangers Spring Training Links – 2/26/2013

Me and my brother, young Kevin Vispoli, at a Mets game in 2010.

Me and my brother, young Kevin Vispoli, at a Mets game in 2010.

Before we get to today’s links, a quick happy birthday shout-out to my brother, Kevin, who’s now only one year away from being eligible to sign an international free agent baseball contract.  He’s not the next Jairo Beras, but he is much more talented ninth grade baseball player than I was back in the day.  (Also, despite the photo, neither he nor I are Mets fans.  Maybe he is a little, but I’m smart enough not to subject myself to that level of misery.)  Happy birthday bro!

The Rangers got walloped by the Rockies 9-1 yesterday.  Here are today’s links:

Martin Perez impressive in start - As the headline indicates, Ron Matejko was one of many who came away with positive things to say about the former RoughRiders’ official Cactus League debut.

Perez, Grimm motivated to make impression for TexasLyle Spencer of MLB.com talks to the two candidates who pitched in yesterday’s Rockies game.  Grimm will have an uphill climb after a difficult outing, especially in the face of Perez’s brilliance.

Loquacious Andrus has audience in Texas prospectsT.R. Sullivan has Elvis Andrus taking on a greater leadership/mentor role this spring out in Surprise.

Rangers optimistic Lewis could return in MaySullivan’s notebook has an update on Colby Lewis’ improved outlook as well as the forecast for Lance Berkman, Jason Frasor and Joe Nathan.

Texas Rangers have reason to keep sidearming Coty Woods on roster, but will he be ready?Gerry Fraley talks to Rule 5 pickup (and former Tulsa Driller) Coty Woods about his spring and his prospects of sticking with the big club.

Texas Rangers fans start campaign to bring silence to ballpark when Josh Hamilton hitsIt will never happen, given the difficulty of getting 50,000 people all on the same page, but it’s an interesting idea.

Young will be in DFW fans’ heartsFormer Ranger Michael Young reflects on his time in Texas and gives his thoughts on how DFW fans should view Hamilton.

Enjoy Andrus while he’s still in TexasMatt Mosley says appreciate Andrus because it’s not likely to last after 2014.

Martin Perez makes strong spring debutDrew Davison gives his take on Perez’s outing yesterday (subscription required for most Star-Telegram stories).

Lance Berkman isn’t the retiring kindRandy Galloway has a story on the Big Puma.

- Alex

Friday at the Ballpark

As you might imagine, the ballpark is pretty quiet on a Friday in early November.   The cooler weather has finally found Frisco and it’s starting to “feel” like college football outside.

The ballpark this morning at 9:30 (Aaron's iPhone)

Even though things are a little slower since the end of the World Series, here are some of the things happening here, with the Rangers, and around minor league baseball:

  • Last night at 8:00, the Rangers and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced that Texas Rangers’ infielder Michael Young is the winner of the 2011 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.  The award is presented to the player “whose on-field and off-field performance most inspires others to higher levels of achievement by displaying as much passion to give back to others as he shows between the lines on the baseball diamond.”  Young becomes the third player to ever win the award twice (John Smoltz, 2002, 2003; Jim Thome, 2001, 2004).
  • The Rangers also announced yesterday a series of improvements to the Ballpark in Arlington totaling $11.5 million.  Upgrades for 2012 include a complete renovation of Vandergriff Plaza and much of the office building first floor in centerfield with the construction of a new Batter’s Eye Club, Restaurant/Sports Bar, Kid’s Zone, and concession stands. In addition, the areas that previously contained the bleacher seating will be remodeled and the visitors bullpen will be reconfigured.

The visitors bullpen will move to the bottom of the former bleacher section (left) along the outfield fence. New features will include an indoor restaurant and sports bar on the bottom floor of the suites alongside an indoor Kid's Zone (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

  • The Akron Aeros (Double-A, Indians) of the Eastern League will not be changing their name after all.  A contest held by the team and the local newspaper asked fans to choose their favorite possible team name from a list including Aeros, RubberDucks,Vulcans, Tire Jacks and Gum Dippers (are you kidding me!!).  The Aeros nickname won in a landslide, garnering 67% of the vote. (ballparkdigest.com)
  • If you’re not aware, it’s officially “Movember.”  Movember is the month formerly known as November, where men and women across the globe join together to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. To help achieve this, men grow a Mo (moustache) for 30 days.  Since a number of us can’t grow a mustache (mainly me), our graphics designer Alex Yocum-Beeman helped us out (if you can’t recognize me, I’m the top left corner):
Enjoy your weekend … and some football.
-AG
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