Adam Rosales

You know, the strange case of Adam Rosales made its way through Arlington this past week.   It occurred to me that this guy has had what can be described at best as “disorienting”, and at worst “a fiasco”.   Check out this list of roster moves made involving him recently:

  • July 8th: Designated for assignment by the Oakland A’s.
  • July 12th: Cleared waivers and assigned to AAA Sacramento by the A’s.
  • July 31st: Designated for assignment again by the A’s (to make room for Albert Callaspo).
  • August 2nd: Claimed on waivers by the Texas Rangers
  • August 5th: Designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers (to make room for Joey Butler)
  • August 8th: Claimed on waivers by the Oakland A’s (Why? They just DFA’ed him twice in a month)
  • August 10th: Designated for assignment AGAIN by the Oakland A’s (to make room for Sonny Gray).

Why the heck did the A’s grab him back on August 8th?  That doesn’t seem to make much sense, to be honest.

In his time as a Texas Ranger, he never got an at bat, but was in uniform for three days, and took up space on the 25 man roster, so I count him.  He wore Uniform #9.

Adam Rosales

Michael Young Traded to Philly

Well, that’s something I never thought I’d write.  As long time followers of my site know, I’m mostly silent in the offseason.  I’ll comment here and there on things that happen in the baseball world, and this was a big “thing”.    The Rangers all time leader in a truckload of categories was traded away today.  Michael Young is now a Philadelphia Phillie.  Now, y’all know I’m also a Phillies fan, having grown up there, so I won’t miss him completely.   If I were a Cowboys fan, I imagine this would feel a lot like Emmitt Smith in a Arizona Cardinals Uniform again. [Read more…]

Tom Hicks & Scott Feldman Updates

Saw a few stories this morning, and I felt like saying a few words on them.   It’s about two bits of the Rangers recent past that are no longer a part of the team.   Tom Hicks & Scott Feldman. [Read more…]

Douggy Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

When I was in Round Rock last March to see the Rangers play, one of my favorite memories was chanting “Douggy Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” whenever he’d be up.  Turns out I won’t get to use that AC/DC joke in the majors anymore, as I just noticed he signed a minor league deal with the Angels earlier this month.  Bummer.

Bert Blyleven Article

As we prepare for a long overdue event – the induction of Bert Blyleven into the Hall of Fame, the thoughts go to looking back at his career.
As it happens, I was emailed this link a day ago, it’s an article that talks about many events and milestones in his career. It’s quite long and detailed, and spends a decent amount of space on his time as a Texas Rangers player. Which is surprising, given the percentage of time he spent as a Ranger vs his overall career.
Some of his Rangers highlights are his 100th career win, multiple 1-0 wins (like A LOT), and his only career no hitter, which also was his last game as a Ranger.
Check out the article, lots of good stuff in there.

Doug Glanville airmails one

Brief former Ranger Doug Glanville was in Chicago and threw out the first pitch at a Phillies / Cubs game (of which he’s a former player of both of them, too). Anyway, he really airmailed it on the first pitch, check this video out below.
Fortunately, he’s a better writer than a pitcher, I read his book earlier this year, and if you haven’t, you should. Talks about his Texas days, mostly his Phillies days, but the guy is a smart dude, his book was a very easy, very good read.

Edinson Volquez suspended 50 games

Former Texas Rangers pitcher Edinson Volquez was suspended today by Major League Baseball 50 games for violating the drug use policy. First up here is the official statement from Major League Baseball. My own statement will appear right after that in picture form.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez has received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Volquez will be effective tomorrow, April 21, 2010.

Jason Botts

As a followup of sorts to my long list of former Rangers I needed status updates on…

I noticed that the Chicago White Sox released Jason Botts today. He was in camp with them after spending some time in Japanese ball for a couple of years.

Former Ranger Player Whereabouts?

In going over my roster pages for the 2010 season, here are some former Rangers whose current whereabouts I can’t find accurate (or at least formal) info for. If you know any, please comment below. If you think they’ve retired, let me have a link, not just “I think they retired”. Danke.

  • Jason Ellison – Last heard playing in the Phillies system in 2009.
  • Franklyn German – Was in camp with the White Sox in Spring 2009, didn’t make it, sent down, released July 2009.
  • Kaz Fukumori – Our great (failed) Japanese experiment. I believe he was finally released by the Rangers in June 2009. If I had to guess, he went back to Japan.
  • Desi Relaford – Became a free agent on Nov 3, 2007. Presumed retired.
  • Mike Wood – Signed by the Rangers on Aug 31, 2009. Is he still with us?
  • Kenny Lofton – Rangers traded him to the Indians in July 2007. Haven’t heard from since, presumed retired.
  • John Rheinecker – Granted Free Agency by the Rangers on Oct 1, 2008. Haven’t heard from since.
  • Esteban Yan – Signed as a minor league free agent with the Marlins on Aug 12, 2009. No idea where he is now.
  • Rudy Seanez – Last seen with the Angels in 2009, when they released him Jul 18th. Has he retired finally?
  • Victor Santos – Signed a minor league deal with the Giants, was in camp with ’em in 2008, didn’t make the cut.
  • Kenny Rogers – Filed for free agency from Tigers in Nov 2008. Presumed retired.
  • Ramon Nivar – Signed as a minor league free agent by the Dodgers on Jun 27, 2009. Presumed a free agent.
  • Craig Monroe – Released by the Pirates Jul 1, 2009. Presumed a free agent.
  • Dan Miceli – Last seen playing for the Long Island Ducks in the 2009 season.
  • Esteban Loaiza – DFA’ed by the Dodgers on May 24, 2008. Unknown since then.
  • Ricky Ledee – Elected Free Agency on Nov 3, 2007. Presumed retired.
  • Hideki Irabu – Retired on Apr 11, 2005, then showed up in 2009 with the Long Beach Armada (Independant Golden Baseball League). Their site says he’s still with ’em in 2010, but…..
  • Ken Huckaby – Signed with the Royals as a minor league free agent on Jan 17, 2008, unknown since then.
  • Aki Otsuka – Got hurt with the Rangers, and had surgery. I heard something a year or so ago about him not completely giving up a return. But nothing official. Classifying him as retired.
  • Adam Eaton – Last seen being DFA’ed by the Rockies on Sep 10, 2009. Presumed a free agent.
  • Terrmel Sledge – Last known being with the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2008.
  • Rick Bauer – Last known being released by the LG Twins of the South Korean baseball league with an injury. His Wikipedia page says he’s in the Rockies organization, but I can’t find evidence of that.
  • Carl Everett – Last known to be playing for the Newark Bears in the 2009 season. Unknown since then.
  • Ryan Drese – Last known to be playing for the Camden Riversharks in the 2009 season. Unknown since then.
  • Danny Ardoin – Released by Dodgers after 2009 season. Presumed a free agent.
  • Nick Regilio – Last seen being released by the Tigers in May of 2009. Presumed a free agent.
  • David Dellucci – Last seen being DFA’ed by the Blue Jays on Jul 23, 2009. Presumed a free agent.
  • John Wasdin – Last seen playing for the Saitama Seibu Lions in 2009. Unknown current status.
  • Erasmo Ramirez – Last seen being released by the White Sox in Apr 2009. Unknown current status.
  • Jeff Zimmerman – He signed a minor league deal with the Mariners on Apr 7, 2009. Unknown current status, although it’s probably fair to assume he’s retired again.

UPDATE #1: Thanks to a friend of mine Dave who is a big Red Sox fan, he found a story showing that Kason Gabbard resigned with the Sox for 2010. It also found that Doug Mirabelli is formally retired now and works as a realtor for Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors in Traverse City, MI.