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Baseball Trade Rumors App

As we head into the off season, we begin a phase of the baseball season that was never as fascinating to me when I was younger, but in the last decade or so, I became enthralled with all the movement of players and contracts and whatnot.   Oh, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing as great as the game itself, but I’ve found my enjoyment of the process almost as great as the games themselves.  But not completely.  :)

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Main Unsorted News Page

I think social media has played a big part in my interest in all of this.  However, with all the official sources, the beat writers, players themselves, and just regular bloggers all in the mix, it can be a bit of a cacophony to keep track of without going nuts.

Enter “MLB Trade Rumors”.   This is a website that I’ve been following for years, and if you’re at all interested in baseball transactions, I can’t recommend them enough.  The website is available here, for free: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com – that’s been that way for awhile, and is a valuable tool.

However, we can’t always be around our computers, and there are mobile apps available for iOS & Android.   Those aren’t free, but are WELL worth the cost of the app.   The app costs $2.99, which is pretty darned cheap given what you get with it.  Officially the app is known as “Baseball Trade Rumors”, and not “MLB Trade Rumors” like the website is.  I suspect that has something to do with the name “MLB” and licensing, but that’s a non issue.  Ionly point it out in case you went searching for “MLB Trade Rumors” for the app name, you won’t find it that way.

The app is HUGE around certain times of the year (Winter meetings, Trade deadline, etc).   This is a great way to keep up with “up to the second” transaction rumors and whatnot.  There’s other ways to get this info for sure, but I’ve found given all the hard work it is to keep track of it all, these apps do a great job sorting it down to the individual nuggets you’d want.

Now, I have an iPhone and an iPad, so how the Android version works specifically, I can’t say.  My brother has that, and from what I can gather it is mostly the same – but I can’t speak from first hand experience there.  I can speak from the iOS app.

You can get notifications on your phone by team, by individual player, and by league.  You can also tell it to notify you of actual transactions and not just rumours, also sort by just one team set of news, the info is quite flexible in the app.

The notification system is the strongest point of this app for me, because otherwise it’s an app version of a website, and I could just look at the website for the same info.  But the notifications are the reason I bought this app.   In the screenshots below you can see a few examples of the ways you can set up things to be notified about.

This is a universal app, and works on the iPad too, but is one of the rare apps that I don’t like the iPad interface, and wish I could run the iPhone interface on the iPad just double spaced.  There is only one other negative thing I have to say about the app.  You can’t use it to send stories to your friends (via text msg, email, or Facebook).  The only thing you can do with individual entries is tweet them.  Which is fine, but I don’t always want to do that. Hopefully that gets changed in a future version.  But this is a minor quibble, and isn’t a dealbreaker for me.

Baseball Trade Rumors is probably my second most used iPhone baseball app (the first being the MLB At Bat app).  Mostly because this keeps track of trade info all the time, and I make use of the track by player feature, so I get notified on my phone when something happens with those players.   I don’t have very many apps in the Notification center on my iPhone to help conserve battery power, but this one definitely lives in the notification center!

If you’re a fan of transactions, I STRONGLY urge you to look into this.   Very useful tool.

$2.99 – [ App Store Link | Google Play Store ]

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Adios, Wash

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New Texas Rangers Logo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

TEXAS RANGERS RELEASE NEW LOGO

10455262_726573514053086_2153860029257373126_nArlington, Texas – July 29, 2014 – In order to properly reflect the current status of the Texas Rangers, the club has today released a new logo. This logo, while very similar to the most recent logo, does contain one new section.

This is a bandage over top of the Texas Rangers logo, which will be sponsored by Band-Aid™ brand adhesives. Rob Matwick, Executive Vice President, Business Operations says, “The money brought in by this new sponsorship will help improve the already extensive medical facilities already deployed (by necessity) by the Texas Rangers”.

Matwick continues, “The Band-Aid brand is one of the most respected brands in American business history, and for the Texas Rangers to align themselves with a much respected business icon can be nothing but beneficial to the long term stability of the Texas Rangers.”

New caps, jerseys, and other merchandise bearing the new logo are available immediately at the Texas Rangers Team Shops at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

About Rangers Baseball LLC: The Texas Rangers are a professional US baseball team and are owned by Rangers Baseball LLC, a consortium of various owners, headed by Ray C. Davis & Bob R. Simpson. The team is part of the Western Division within the American League of Major League Baseball. The team plays its home games in Globe Life Park in Arlington.

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Canseco Head

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Goodbye Mike

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Siri and 2014 Season

Well, Siri on my iPhone finally knows about the 2014 season. I asked it tonight what the next Rangers game was, and it said this.

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Season is Over

Well, the season is over.  We got eliminated in Game 163, the tie-breaker.

I’ll probably write something about all this shortly.   Today’s news however, is that Bench coach Jackie Moore and coach Dave Anderson will not be back in 2014.  That was announced today (Oct 2nd).  [ Link ]

There was some noise today that the team wanted to get rid of Moore after the 2012 season, but Wash talked them into keeping him.  Not sure what the deal with Dave Anderson was at all.    If you ask me, and you haven’t, I’d bring up Steve Buchele to be bench coach.    If they do bring up Buuuuuuchele, it might set up some sort of situation like Philly had where Charlie Manuel had Ryne Sandberg hanging around.  Charlie had been there for awhile, and the team was struggling, so it kind of seemed to me as a Phillies fan that Sandberg was hanging around waiting for Manuel to get fired.   If the Rangers make Buchele Wash’s bench coach, there will probably be a lot of talk about “How long will Wash keep that job until they replace him with Steve Buchele?”

I am NOT in the camp that says we need to get rid of Washington at all.  I like him.   But he probably needs to show some sort of improvement in 2014, or he probably will be suspect.  I believe his contract is up after 2014.

Most importantly, who will Ron Washington hug after wins next year?  :)

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Alex Rios

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Alex Rios

Well, the Rangers went and traded for Alex Rios.   This strikes me as a move that was made more out of necessity due to Nelson Cruz being suspended.  I think they probably would have tried to move forward with kids from here, but when we could get Rios, we did.   This strikes me as more of a “best player available”, kind of thing.   It’s not like Rios is bad.  He’s decent enough.  Not going to light the world on fire, but a good, solid player at a time when we could use one of those.

We were trying to get him before the deadline, and the Sox apparently wanted some big major league ready guys, so we backed off.  In the end, they took merely a PTBNL or cash.   The rumours are that they wanted Leury Garcia in return .  Garcia is a guy I’d like to hang onto, so as with the Garza trade, we’re sending decent, if young/unproven pieces back for a veteran.   At some point we’re gonna run out of pieces like that to send.  But I guess it depends on how Rios does here.

The White Sox also sent $1M in cash too, this covers two clauses Rios had in his contract that escalated the value of his 2015 buyout, and his 2014 contract by $500k each.  So basically the White Sox covered the increases in his salary due to the trade.

I’m looking forward to see how the Rios bat affects our lineup, which has been surprisingly potent the last couple of weeks.  Speedy as well.  After the Cruz suspension, it seemed like the “need to steal more bases” light went off.

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Earl Campbell’s Pants Fall Down

Hahahahaha

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Bloody Rangers!

An event in last night’s game made me think INSTANTLY of Nolan Ryan.  So I screen grabbed a shot of them together from the TV, and slapped it on here.  Made me laugh.   Click it for a larger version.

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Stopping For Now

I’ll get straight to the point.  After much consideration, I’ve decided to stop doing the daily updates here.

Since I dropped cable TV, my ability to keep up with Rangers games has been really impacted.  Those who have followed my site would have heard me rant about that.  However, one thing that also has changed a lot since last season is the fact that I am working again.    That has taken up more of my time than I anticipated.  I tend to work strange hours, and my need to timeshift the games is even more of an issue than it was before.  Before, I could get away with it, because I wasn’t working, and could devote more time to the games, especially since I had to listen to them when they happened due to radio.  Work has impacted that more than I thought it would.

I tried this season to keep it going, but about 3 times, I’ve fallen behind on updates of like 10 games.  When the team has played only 64 – that’s a lot.  When I fell behind most recently, I started thinking of doing the catch up work and quite frankly, I just didn’t want to.  Most of the games during the week I just miss totally anymore.   What time I get in the evenings that I’m not working is now spent with my kids and wife.  That’s NO complaint, just a reality.  They deserve my time more than the baseball games do.   By the time I’m done with them, the games are over.  There’s been a game or two in the last few weeks that I got notified via email it was over, and I didn’t even realize they were playing.   I also realized that I never updated my roster page once the team broke camp back at the end of Spring Training.  That’s fallen way behind, and right now I don’t have really have the desire (much less the time) to go through all that and update it.

Due to all this, I’ve decided this is the time to stop trying to force myself to do daily updates.   The above is why.  However, I’m not stopping cold turkey.  I’m not taking the site down.  I will leave it here, I’ve put a lot of work into this since I started in December 1998.  Going forward, I will still maintain these parts:

  • Transactions – Logging the transactions still will allow (force?) me to keep up with changes.   Plus this year I started adding commentary on transactions.  
  • “How Many in 2013″.  I’ve rather enjoying keeping track of that the last few seasons.  It ties in mostly to transactions, but I’ve had some nice compliments on that, so I’ll keep doing it.
  • Uniform Number History – that’s been a thing I’ve REALLY enjoyed more than any other on the site.  I’ve gotten personal communications from Victor Rojas (when he was here), and Eric Nadel about the usefulness of that, so with those in mind, I will make sure that gets updated going forward.

Plus, when the mood strikes, I’ll say something.   But it’s obvious to anyone that I’ve pulled back, but in my mind I still saw it as something that needed to be updated every day.  By releasing myself from that, I think I can enjoy the thing a bit more, and perhaps not stress out so much about missing bits.   I’m still going to follow the team, I’m still going to be paying attention where I can (given the boundaries I set out above).  I’m still going to be a Rangers fan, and I’m keeping up (the sinkhole in the stadium today – see!! :), just not as visibly on these pages.

Thanks to all who have visited me over the years, and as I said – not going away, just changing focus.

Thanks, and God Bless You!

Joe

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Catching Up, sorta

Hey, I’ve fallen behind in game updates again.   I’m now down 11 games, and I’m not feeling particularly interested in writing about the Rangers.  Last week I had a death in the family, and then there’s the tornadoes we had in the DFW area a week ago, and then tonight the mess in Oklahoma.  I think I’m just going to skip writing about those games, as I’m really NOT in the mood to write about baseball at the moment.

I am however, going to go through the transactions and bring that up to speed, and I already brought my “How Many in 2013″ up to speed.   I did see that the move they made today to get Josh Lindblom up will be negated before tomorrow, as he’s going back down.  Odd move, as it effectively jettisons Derek Lowe.   I’ll have more to say about that in the actual transaction.

I know from my traffic logs, I don’t have a ton of high level traffic, and that’s OK.  I used to care about that, I don’t as much anymore.   But still, for those that do follow me, I don’t like getting that far behind.   Sorry about that.  :)

I also realized I never updated my roster page for the start of the season.   Part of that is because I haven’t been to a game this year, and haven’t been able to pick up a media guide, which is what I usually use for that.  I’ll get to that when I get a copy of the media guide.  Anyone who goes to the game be interested in picking me up one and sending it my way?  Let me know.

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For more on this, please head to this link over at bizofbaseball.com

 

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Win a Free Copy of Josh Lewin’s Book

My site has been going for awhile now, and during that time I’ve seen several broadcasters come and go.  However, one of the more polarizing ones was Josh Lewin, who was the television play by play guy from 2002 through 2010.   I say polarizing, because there’s a lot of fans who really disliked him.  There’s a lot of fans who really did like him.  For the most part I liked him – although I did think there were too many forays into movies and food, but whether you liked his work or not, you can’t deny the man was a pro, and a hard worker.  He was ready for the games he broadcast.  I wish he was here for more of them (never liked the weekends away), but that’s all in the past now.  Today I’m here to talk about his book, “Ballgame!: A Decade Covering the Texas Rangers from the Best Seat in the House”.  Or as I call it, “Ballgame!”.   [Read more…]

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Yahoo Fantasy Baseball 2013

Have three open slots in one of my two Yahoo leagues.  Here’s the details for it.

URL: http://baseball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/league/rangerfans2
League ID: 49630
pw: onestriketogo
Draft: Sat Mar 16 @ 8PM Central

I do have one open slot, maybe two in the other league, but I need to confirm two people before I’m sure there.  Will post about that one when I am.

It’s free, and if you want to play, please.  Join.  But, please join only if you intend on playing the whole season out.  Nothing worse than a person who bails out in April.

 

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It looks like Robbie Ross has been to “Round Rock Donuts” in Round Rock TX.   It looks like a giant glazed donut!

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Yahoo Fantasy Baseball

I just noticed that 2013 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is up and running again for the new year.  I just saw it, and I’m pretty tired and will be heading to bed soon, so I’ll look into this tomorrow and get the ball rolling again.

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Spring Training Remark

I’ve been a Dallas Morning News Subscriber for some time.   However, in the last few years, I mostly read the paper on my iPad.   As a subscriber, I can read the content there, and frequently do.   However…

Yesterday morning in the Sunday paper was Evan Grant’s spring training preview.   THAT – for some reason demands to be read in the physical newspaper.  Oh sure, I can read it on my iPad, or on my web browser.  But for some reason, spring training materials to me need to read in a “real” newspaper, with a cup of coffee preferably.

Now that I’ve done these, I’m ready for spring training to start.  :)

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A Second Voice

As I posted a little bit ago, I had doubts that I wanted to continue on into the new season in the format this site has had for awhile.  I found it hard to stay focused when I have no TV to watch, and I couldn’t timeshift the radio broadcasts.  Fortunately, a friend of mine decided to step in and offer to write about some of the games on this site, too.  He’s a good friend of mine, the two of us attend church together, and he’s been a long time Ranger fan.  He lives in the Arlington area, and his name is Jeff.  We attended the one game together in the 2010 World Series that the Rangers won, so that was cool.   Here’s a picture of us from the MLB Gigapan photo.  I think Jeff knew when it was being taken, as he covered my face with his camcorder.  :)

I’m appreciative to Jeff for helping out going forward.  In fact, he wrote two commentaries already towards the end of the 2012 season.  The ones for Games 160 & 161, so you can check them out.   That will probably lighten the load on me going forward.  Plus, this site is called “Rangerfans” – as in plural, so it probably will be cool to get a second voice on here.    I also restored the byline credit on the site.  Because I was the only one writing, it seemed kind of silly to have “by Joe” under the title of each article.  But with two of us, I felt it was time to put that back.

Jeff posts in the Texas Rangers fan group on Facebook as well as me, so you might recognize him from there.   Not sure what the plans for off season writing is, probably a remark here and there when the mood strikes.  But I’m grateful to a friend for stepping up and helping out.   Back in the earliest days of this site I had a second author for part of the start of the 1999 season, but that guy didn’t last long – and disappeared off the face of the Earth too.  I would think Jeff wouldn’t.

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About Me and this season

I’ve discovered as we head into the last game of the season today that my lack of ability to watch the Rangers games on TV has seriously impacted my desire to maintain this site with regular daily updates.   I’ve gone three times this season where I haven’t updated for 2+ weeks, and when I do, I have to do like 20 games at once.

I still follow the team, but a lot of times it’s just on my iPhone app or something.   As I’ve said before, the time the games are on in the evening is prime family time, and given you can’t timeshift radio, I either have to forego family time to listen, or just not listen to the game.   It doesn’t make me want to do an update too much when I can’t listen or watch the games at all.

If this situation continues into next season, I might have to have a rethink about the site, and how I run it.   As I sit here today on Oct 3rd before Game 162 is played, I can say there’s about 50 games this season I haven’t written about.  Not sure I WANT to go back and write about them, to be honest.

I’ll probably do the playoffs properly, and then have a think about catching up the games I didn’t do in the season.  Although I suspect I probably won’t want to go back and do that.  We’ll see.

Anyone really care?  :)

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Win Free Copy of Essential Games DVD Set!

UPDATE: The contest is over now, I’ve gotten enough people now for the giveaway thanks to the addtl submissions sent in.

If you’ve been a fan of the Texas Rangers, you’ve watched a lot of games on TV, and while the Rangers don’t have a pedigree like say the Yankees in the post season, there are quite a few notable games in the back catalogue.  That’s what I’m writing about today.  This coming Tuesday, there’s a DVD set due out which contains four of these “Essential Games” from the Rangers history.  I’m going to write about the set, and due to the folks from A&E Home Entertainment/MLB Productions, I’m going to have five copies to give away to my site visitors.  That will take the form of a trivia contest, more on that below.  First off, a review..

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Getting caught up

I’m getting caught up again.  I’m up to date with recent game recaps, as well as all transactions, and my “How Many in 2012″ page.  So that’s all set up.  It is, however 1:50AM, and I’m tired, so I’ll finish the roster page and the uniform number history pages either tomorrow or Saturday.

Thanks for visiting – and I have a couple of cool giveaways soon.   I think you’ll like them!

UPDATE:  Finished the Roster rearrangements and the uniform number updates.  I still have a few roster pages to create, but at least the current roster is now accurate again.

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Working the backlog

I have started making a dent on the backlog of game updates. I’m still dealing with a pulled muscle in my arm, and it does hurt to sit at my desk for any length of time. Given I have so many of these to do I would be sitting there for quite a long time I don’t really feel like dealing with that pain.

When I decided to do is do the updates from my iPad using dictation. So these updates that you’re seeing since last June are all voice dictated into my iPad. In order to keep myself from multitasking from the WordPress app back to the MLB app on my iPad, decided to two-fist it and look at the updates and recaps on my iPhone with the MLB app into the dictation on my iPad.

I’m backdating them so they will appear in the proper order as to when they happened. At the rate I’m going it might take me another week to catch up, but I’ll get there. Thanks for visiting the site!