Monthly Archives: November 2011

PERSONNEL MATTERS

BY:  Richard W. Humphrey The Rangers announced Tuesday afternoon that Greg Maddux will join the front office as Special Assistant to the General Manager, a title he has held the past two years with the Cubs.  Maddux is the younger … Continue reading

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MLB’s WINTER MEETINGS

BY:  Richard W. Humphrey Next week, the world of Major League Baseball descends on Dallas for the winter meetings, an annual gathering of owners and front office personnel.  The free agent and trade markets have been very slow moving since … Continue reading

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A NEW CLOSER

BY: Richard W. Humphrey Reports abound Monday evening that the Rangers have signed veteran closer Joe Nathan. It is a two-year contract with a team option for a third year. The 37 year old Nathan is the Minnesota Twins’ all … Continue reading

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MORE FRIDAY MATTERS

BY:  Richard W. Humphrey The sale of the Houston Astros to Jim Crane was finally approved by Major League Baseball.  One of the conditions of the approval was that Crane would agree to move the team to the American League … Continue reading

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SCATTERSHOOTING

BY:  Richard W. Humphrey GENERAL MANAGERS’ MEETINGS: The General Managers’ meetings are taking place this week in Milwaukee.  One General Manager that did NOT attend is the Rangers’ Jon Daniels.  His wife gave birth to the couple’s third child last … Continue reading

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ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

BY:  Richard W. Humphrey The Arizona Fall League (AFL) concludes play this weekend with Saturday’s championship game between the Surprise Saguaros and the Salt River Rafters.  (The game will be telvised by the MLB Network at 2:00 PM Central.)  Major … Continue reading

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TO RANGER RAP FANS

I’ve taken a couple of weeks off from posting on this site.  When I began in late July, my intention was to write three or four posts each week to comment on the Rangers.  With the pennant race that turned … Continue reading

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FRIDAY MATTERS

BY:  Richard W. Humphrey 1.  Boston and Chicago have contacted the Rangers requesting permission to interview pitching coach Greg Maddux for their vacant managerial jobs.  Texas has granted permission to both teams, and Maddux is to conduct both interviews next week. 2.  … Continue reading

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WEDNESDAY MATTERS

BY:  Richard W. Humphrey 1.  Relief pitcher Darren O’Day was claimed on waivers by the Baltimore Orioles.  O’Day was limited to 16 appearances for the Rangers in 2011 because of injuries.  His record was 0-1 with an 5.40 ERA in … Continue reading

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WINTER MATTERS

BY:  Richard W. Humphrey 1.  On Monday, Texas has exercised the team’s option on Colby Lewis for the 2012 season.  Lewis, who turned 32 during the season, will earn $3.25 million next season.  He was 14-10, 4.40 in 32 2011 starts.  He was even … Continue reading

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