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Josh Hamilton

Is it just me or has Josh Hamilton’s swing lately been looking like Chris Davis’ gigantic wheelhouse swing? Not liking that.

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I’m still here

In the last two weeks I’ve come down with a pulled muscle in my neck that is made more painful if I do things that involve my hands.  Such as typing for any length of time, and playing videogames.   That’s why I’ve disappeared.  When this clears up, I’ll play catch up, but I didn’t want people to think I’ve abandoned ship.

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Uh-oh.  Josh’s average fell to .399!  Time to Panic!

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Fridge Magnet

Anyone have an extra 2012 Texas Rangers Fridge magnet from opening day? I couldn’t get one, and ebay is way too much. Tkx.

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Look at what I found when doing some spring cleaning tonight.  I had totally forgotten about this giveaway!

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OK, I decided to go to the Texas Rangers game on Monday evening.  Wanted to see Yu Darvish.   I’ll be in Section 208.  Not the greatest seat, but it’s something.  :)

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My thoughts on Game1 2012 25 Man Roster

Wanted to say a little about the opening day 25 man roster this opening day.  This the fourth opening day of the season.   I’m reminded of the day when it was just the Reds who played early.  Now the first game of the year isn’t even played in this country!  That issue aside…

I don’t think anyone was surprised by the moves that were made earlier today to bring the 25 man roster into focus.   I’m going to include some 2011 stats, and their salary for 2012.  First off, the ones that don’t open on the 25 man.

  • Yoshi Tateyama – He starts the season on the DL.  We hadn’t heard much about him being hurt until the last few days, when it was realized we needed a roster space.  I’m not saying his DL stint is a lie, but it did come up out of nowhere fast.   He hasn’t pitched awfully, but I wonder about his long term future – he doesn’t instill much confidence to this fan.
  • Julio Borbon – He starts the season in AAA, and will share time with Leonys Martin in CF.   I think everyone was HOPING that Borbon would finally figure it out this spring.  I said early on that if he doesn’t start the year with the team, he’s probably gone some time this season.  Maybe not right away, but I would expect him to be packaged in a deal with someone else at this point.   An injury can change that, but I think he’s passed the time to earn it on his own, unfortunately.
  • Cody Eppley – He’s been up here and there before, so he’s not a stranger to Arlington.  But was a name you didn’t hear much of in discussions this spring.  He was DFA’ed in the roster dance today.  Given all the traffic in releases and cuts this time of year, I bet you we get him through waivers, and outright him to AAA.  I was wrong.  I wrote that text on Wed the 4th, and then he was claimed by the Yankees before I posted this on the 6th.  :)

Those are the ones I felt like saying something about that didn’t make the roster.  Here’s some remarks about the 25 guys who DID make the roster…

These are in no order on my end, I just cheated and used the list the players were listed in the Rangers 25 man press release.  Needed SOME order, I went with that.  :) [Read more...]

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Umpires

And here we go. Today is opening day, or at least a real opening day of sorts – not the fake ones we’ve had so far.

I get in the car and turn on turn on XM radio and listen to the baseball talk channel, and the first thing you’re talking about is blown calls in the Miami game last night.

The hosts were ragging on Angel Hernandez and an obviously blown call with Bud Selig sitting there. I’m thinking to myself it’s day one, we haven’t played the bulk of the games yet for “game one” and they’re already ragging on the umpires.

This will be an interesting season – it just feels like an home. :-)

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Autism Awareness

I would like to say I hope you don’t know anyone who has autism.  But you do know one.  Me.  I don’t personally have autism, but my two year old son does.   When your kid has autism, so do you.

When your kid can’t talk to anyone, can cause a scene, you have to explain to people what they are, it is stressful. Dealing with uninformed people’s opinions.  None of it is any fun.  My wife found a place where we can buy “Autism Cards”, where you can hand them out to people who are giving you weird looks, or make remarks if your kids are acting up in public.  Check ‘em out.

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A slight delay

I will have a delay of a few days updating the site.   Yesterday I accidentally stabbed myself in the left hand with a steak knife, and caused a pretty deep wound.  As such, I have my hand in a bandage, and I’m not supposed to be doing much of anything with the hand for a little bit.  So long posts are out, since I have to type with one hand for the most part.  Will catch up when my hand is feeling better.

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Was down at the Stars game tonight. Was a great game. Shot this of the winning goal in the shootout! :)

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Yahoo Fantasy Baseball

My Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Leagues are up and running again.  League 2 is full already with people returning from last year, and League 1 has two open slots.  If you’re interested in joining, here’s the info you’ll need.

If there’s enough interest, I’ll open a third, but last year I had a hard time filling three, so if you’re intersted and the league is full, plezse let me know, otherwise I’ll have no idea there’s interest in a third.

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Signup URL: http://baseball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/b1/register/joinprivateleague_league_select
League #1 ID: 37209
Password: nomoreyuyoujokes
Live Online Draft: Sat Mar 24 @ 8PM CST

On another note, I will say what I always say. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP IF YOU DO NOT INTEND ON PLAYING THE ENTIRE YEAR OUT! If there’s one thing I hate, it’s people who sign up and then never play. I just care about having people that don’t quit.

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A request

I have a quick favor to ask. If you see this message, please leave me a comment. I want to test out some functionality of the new site and I need some other people besides myself to do it. Thank you.

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New Site is Live!

Well, I’ve finally gone and gotten rid of the old Rangers site.  I’ve been doing the site since December 1998, and over that time I’ve had a few looks.  The 2012 season will be the 14th season since I started this site, and perhaps one of the more radical changes.  I’m going to cover some of the changes that have occurred on the site since the last iteration and this one.

Overall, most of the content is the same as before.  Given all of the site was in Movable Type before, I was able to import the entire site (save for two bits, photo gallery & forums), and then it became a matter of how to massage the data.   So most everything is still here, it’s just a fresh coat of paint, and a new interface.   Most things are still here, only a few are gone (but several have moved around).

Let’s delve into the changes, and also a big look back on the history of the site (which goes back over 13 years now)…

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Rangers 2012 Season Preview

First off, a quick comment about why this post is on my personal blog.  I run a Rangers fan site/blog at rangerfans.com – and I’ve been prepping a new version of the site for the last two months or so.  I completed it earlier in the week, and had it ready to go.  On Wed the 29th, I launched it – or tried to.  You see, the server I have it on is a bit old, and underpowered.  I’m putting too many things on it, and it’s time for a change.  I’ve ordered a new server, but any of my attempts to get the new site up and going on the old server crashes that server, so I have to put my plans to launch the new Rangers site on hold until the new server is in place, which should be around Mar 20 or so.  I was really disappointed by that, because I wanted it in place before Spring Training games start on Sunday, but given I apparently can’t, I didn’t want to NOT write about baseball either, and since this blog DOES work right (it’s on a different server), I thought I’d write here for the time being.  Once the proper site is working again, I’ll copy any posts from here over there.  With that out of the way…

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Japanese Rangers Page

Tonight I was looking at the Rangers official site, and noticed some Japanese lettering in the far upper left hand corner I don’t recall being there before.  I went to the page, even though I knew I couldn’t read any of it.   The picture on that page shouldn’t have surprised me, I guess.  :)

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MLB.com Embedded Video

mlb.com has become the destination for online baseball. I remember years ago when it started, mlb.com was originally owned by someone else, and the “Major League Baseball” site was at majorleaguebaseball.com. It was not very good. But that changed when MLBam came onboard, and they’ve been doing it for a few years now. it’s been refined into a video powerhouse. While the blackout rules still stink like my baby’s diaper genie, it is a great place to watch baseball video.

As the years have gone by, their archive of old video and clips and whatnot is huge. But they had one epic level fail. You couldn’t embed the video on other sites. It was like that for years and years. Today I happened to notice an “embed” option on video clips there. I was quite stunned. I tried it, and it worked great. It’s not just new video either – they’ve apparently allowed you to embed video from the past.

My test is of an old video segment that Gar Ryness, the Batting Stance Guy did at MLB Network HQ back in 2009 when Victor Rojas was still there. His impression of Andre Dawson gets me every time. While I’ve seen Gar do Hawk a few times, the one from this clip is still my favorite version of it. The interaction between Gar and the three MLB guys (Mitch Williams, Victor Rojas, & Harold Reynolds) was brilliant. So I present this clip below. Watch it, it’s funny! To MLB? What took you so long?

Apparently not all video works.  While that video I mentioned has an embed code, you can’t actually embed it.  This one below however, does work, and it’s Bud Selig talking about the game.  Apparently older videos aren’t working.  Whether that’s temporary or permanent, I don’t know.

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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.

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In going through my mailbox, I found this cool article that talks about the 40th anniversary of the Texas Rangers, and the name “Rangers”.  It’s a great little read.  Sorry I missed it when it was first sent to me back in November.  Too many personal things going on at that time.  Check it out, I think you’ll like it.

http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/blog_article/40th-anniversary-birth-of-a-nickname/

Sorry about the delay, Chris.

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New Site

I’ve finally started working on the new site in earnest. I’m hoping to be ready by spring training. I haven’t been ignoring the team. Far from it. Been reading a ton. My wife and I watched the Yu Darvish stuff tonight. One thought. “Yeah RIGHT, you didn’t know what was on your T-Shirt you were wearing”.

Anyway, most of my spare time was spent on finishing up my other big fan site, the site for the band Black Sabbath. That’s up and running, so I’m turning my attention to this site now.

I’m not going to be posting here much anymore, I’m just going to be transferring over data and building pages on the site site. Will post when there’s something to check out.

One big thing though – I’m likely going to be dropping the forums here in favor of discussions via the comments field. I’m moving to WordPress, and that will allow me to open comments to the world again. Also, the old UBB.Threads in place has become a security risk, and I want to get rid of it. I also personally have so rarely look in on them myself, I think it’s just time to go. I’m looking to streamline the operation, and hope that those of you who do make use of it will find use of the new system I will put in place.

Anyway, hope to have some more going shortly. Thanks for visiting!

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NOTE: This is a test of the new “Image post type” feature.

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Take half the people in the world, and realize that half of them are stupider than that!

NOTE: This is a test of the new “Quote post type” feature.

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I’m still here

Took me quite a while to come down from the sting (to put it mildly) of the World Series loss.  I just hope we don’t turn into the Buffalo Bills of the MLB.

Lots of things happening, one of which is a change in the website here.  I’ll have more to say in the next few weeks.  But I’m still here.  :)

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