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Hello Off-Season

It’s finally here.  Sure, the ‘Riders have been done for a while, but this is the first Monday in a very long time without major league baseball.  In fact, the last Monday the Rangers had without baseball going on was Monday, February 21 (Spring Training games began for Texas on Sunday, February 27).

It’s an incredibly long and stressful season and, for the second straight year, the off-season for the Rangers will be brief.  That’s the price of October baseball.

As the off-season begins to stir, here are some news and notes from around professional baseball:

  • Tony La Russa retires after 33 seasons with the third most wins in major league history (2,728).
  • Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels told reporters today that prior to Spring Training, the clubwill  decide if former RoughRider Neftali Feliz will move into the rotation.  According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, “The club will likely decide some time in January. And it will partially depend on what kind of players they sign, how the rotation looks this offseason and what Feliz wants to do.”
  • Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore wins the Spink Award as the Topps/Minor League Player of the Year.  You might remember the lefty’s seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball in Tampa Bay’s 9-0 victory over the Rangers in Game 1 of the Divisional Series.
  • The Rangers announced today that the team has exercised the club option on right-handed pitcher Colby Lewis for the 2012 season.  Lewis, 32, has posted back-to-back seasons of at least 12 wins and 200.0 innings, the first right-handed pitcher to accomplish that feat for Texas since Rick Helling in 1998-99-2000-01.  He has also gone 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA (13 ER/50.0 IP) over 8 postseason starts the last two years
  • 148 major leaguers are now free agents.
  • According to several reports, former RoughRider Mitch Moreland had what is being described as wrist soreness/tendinitis for most of the second half of the season.
  • Six years ago today on Halloween, former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein avoided talking to reporters following his resignation by dressing up in a gorilla costume before leaving Fenway Park.
  • There have been no reports of a gorilla exiting Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

-AG

Back From Vacation

Every year after the season is over the RoughRiders are kind enough to let me escape for about 10 days and simply get away from things.  For the second straight year, my wife Heather and I ventured to the east coast to visit her family in Boston and some friends I made while broadcasting in Portland, Maine in 2009.

Along with Boston and Portland, we also made it to Cape Cod, Vermont, and New Hampshire.  It was great to experience the fall season out there and see some family.  Plus, we got to go to my all-time favorite sea food restaurant in Hull, MA, Jake’s Seafood.

Now it’s back to the ballpark just in time for the World Series.  Over the course of the last two seasons broadcasting for the RoughRiders, I’ve tried not to talk much on-air about the fact that I spent the majority of my life in St. Louis and even own a pair of seats from the old Busch Stadium (seats 16 and 17, if you’re wondering).

It’s especially hard to not sound like a Cardinals fan when the ‘Riders play the Springfield Cardinals.  Well now it’s become really hard with the Redbirds taking on the Rangers. Before even the first pitch is thrown in the World Series, this matchup has already taught me how much of a Rangers fan I’ve become over the last couple of years.  I’ve written about it on here and talked about it on-air, the Rangers are a class franchise top to bottom and go about things the right way.  I’m sure there are some things they they and/or the fans would have liked to have seen done differently, but overall, it’s a fantastic organization to be associated with.

I’ve had some people here at the ballpark ask me who I’ll be rooting for and to be honest, I’m actually torn.

If nothing else, here’s hoping for a good series.

-AG

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