Fun video with Dempster & Holland

I got sent this video from someone at mlb.com, showing Derek Holland being interviewed on the MLB Network.  During it, Ryan Dempster is acting, well.. ODD in the background.  He’s not there for the whole video, but when he’s not, Holland is goofing it up quite well on his own.   Some other bits from the interview include Holland talking about possibly growing back his mustache (Nooooooooooooo!), Ron Washington’s walks around the ballpark, and photo-bombing Tom Verducci earlier this year.

One favorite moment from this is when Derek says that he and Ryan have already done their “Duelling Harry Cary” impressions, and that they plan on breaking it out publicly at some point.  Now THAT I want to see!

Thanks to Tim for the headsup on the video!   Hey Tim..  MLB needs to make MLBN a “real” network.  Broadcast it over some channel in regular broadcast television.  Some of us (like myself) can’t afford cable TV anymore, and had to give up (quite painfully, I might point out) MLBN.

 

 

Thoughts on Geovany Soto trade

Late last evening after the Rangers game was over, the word came down at the Regency street with the Chicago Cubs for one time first round pick Geovany Soto. He was treated for AA Frisco pitcher Jacob Brigham. Brigham is not a name it’s going to light the world on fire, I’m not entirely sure why the Cubs would want him. It’s probably more a case of wanting to get rid of Soto and had to get something back for him so they took this guy.

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Starting Rotation Named – My Thoughts

Ron Washington named his starting rotation for the beginning of the 2012 season on Thursday.  It pretty much isn’t a big surprise, although there was one minor surprise to me.   Here’s the five:

  1. Colby Lewis
  2. Derek Holland
  3. Matt Harrison
  4. Yu Darvish
  5. Neftali Feliz

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Derek Holland’s Extension

Right as I sliced my hand on Wednesday, the word came down that Derek Holland and hte Rangers had agreed to a long term extension.  Earlier this off season we had agreed to a one year deal, avoiding arbitration.  That deal was worth $504,700.  It’s been voided/replaced/whatever by this new deal which goes into effect immediately.  This seems like a great deal for both sides here.

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Holland & Rangers apparently close to an extension

Saw on Twitter tonight from Evan Grant that the Rangers and Derek Holland are close to a new contract.   Apparently, it will be a five year deal, and it will supersede the contract he signed earlier this off season for 2012.  Will take him through 2016, which would be one year of free agency, as Holland is currently eligible to be a free agent after the 2015 season.

This is a good deal, assuming of course Derek holds up his end of the bargain.  He does seem to have figured it out, and while we don’t have any numbers on this deal yet, I do like the fact that we appear to be signing SOMEONE long term.  There’s going to be too many variables in too short a time for my liking.  The team will probably radically change about two years down the road, but Derek Holland apparently will still be here.

Making us all FEAR THE STACHE!

 

Center Field

A lot has been made about the center field position this year.   It’s historically been an unstable one for the team, there’s not been many players in the last 20 years that have grabbed a hold of it, and kept it.  Oh, good people have played there, but never one guy who was “THE MAN” out there.

The Rangers don’t want Josh Hamilton out there, they want him in left.  Julio Borbon looked like he had a lead on it at the start of last season, but got hurt, and that fell apart.  He’ll have a chance again this year, but he’s probably on his last chance here.  There’s really no dominant guy out there at the moment – there’s a bunch of names that can be used out there.  Craig Gentry, Leonys Martin, Josh Hamilton, and David Murphy just to name a few.

But I wonder if this is the last hurrah for Julio Borbon.  There was some noise about trading him to the Nationals not too long ago, I guess that isn’t happening.

Nolan Ryan spoke on this yesterday during spring training, here’s some video of him talking.

 

How Many in 2011?

Usually towards the end of the year, we always hear about how many players the Texas Rangers have used overall in any particular season. The Rangers are usually towards the high end of that list. Injuries, callups, usually make for a long list, and you tend to forget the guys who are here so quick that they don’t even have time for the proverbial “cup of coffee”.

I’ve done this for the last three seasons, and it’s worked out pretty well. I’ve also gotten some positive feedback on it, so I’m doing it again in 2011. For the record, if you’d like to see the final tallies for the other years I’ve done this, you can still see them here: [ 2008 | 2009 | 2010 ]

Anyway, this post will get bumped whenever there is a player who is making his first appearance for the Texas Rangers in 2011 (not guys like Teagarden & Davis that get called up 20 times a season). I am going to count guys who get called up, but don’t play immediately (or sometimes don’t play at all), as they will be part of the 25 man roster officially. So here goes. The most recent additions will be on the top of the list. The original opening day 25 man roster is not in any particular order.
In 2011, the Rangers have just one in the original opening day 25 that is making his major league debut (Mason Tobin), which is an increase over 2010 when we had nobody. We had one in 2009 (Elvis Andrus) and one in 2008 (Kaz Fukumori). We do have, however five guys making their Ranger debuts in 2011: Adrian Beltre, Dave Bush, Mike Napoli, Arthur Rhodes, Mason Tobin, and Yorvit Torrealba.

Total players in 2011: 44
Total pitchers used in 2011: 24
Total position players used in 2011: 20
Total players making major league debut: 5

#44 – Merkin Valdez (Sep 1 – Sep callup)
#43 – Esteban German (Sep 1 – Sep callup)
#42 – Matt Treanor (Sep 1 – acquired via trade)
#41 – Mike Gonzalez (Sep 1 – acquired via trade)
#40 – Leonys Martin (Aug 30) *
#39 – Mark Hamburger (Aug 30) *
#38 – Mike Adams (Jul 31 – acquired via trade)
#37 – Koji Uehara (Jul 31 – acquired via trade)
#36 – Scott Feldman (Jul 14, replace Darren O’Day who was optioned to AAA)
#35 – Omar Quintanilla (Jul 8, replace Andres Blanco who went to DL)
#34 – Yoshinori Tateyama* (May 23 – Replace Cody Eppley, optioned to AAA)
#33 – Endy Chavez (May 14 – Replace Julio Borbon who went to DL)
#32 – Craig Gentry (May 7 – Replace Nelson Cruz who went to DL)
#31 – Ryan Tucker (Apr 27 – Replace Darren O’Day who went to DL)
#30 – Cody Eppley* (Apr 23 – Replace Neftali Feliz, who went to DL)
#29 – Taylor Teagarden (Apr 20 – Replace Michael Kirkman, optioned to AAA)
#28 – Brett Tomko (Apr 20 – Replace Mason Tobin, who went to DL)
#27 – Michael Kirkman (Apr 15 – Paternity List leave for Colby Lewis)
#26 – Chris Davis (Apr 13 – Replace Josh Hamilton, who went to DL)
#25 to #1: Dave Bush, Neftali Feliz, Colby Lewis, Mark Lowe, Darren O’Day, Alexi Ogando, Pedro Strop, Mason Tobin*, Matt Harrison, Darren Oliver, C.J. Wilson, Arthur Rhodes, Derek Holland, Mike Napoli, Yorvit Torrealba, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Andres Blanco, Ian Kinsler, Mitch Moreland, Michael Young, Julio Borbon, Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton, David Murphy

* – Making Major League Debut

Please note that 1 to 25 are in no particular order.

Koji Uehara Link

Was sent this pretty good link on Koji Uehara the other day. I still want to say something about the trades, but I wanted to get this link out there. Go read it, you’ll probably like it. :)
Thanks to Bill Chuck for sending me that.

TV Ratings for opening weekend sky high

I just got sent this press release by Fox Sports Southwest. Cool to read. Definitely cool!

RANGERS OPENING WEEKEND SERIES PRODUCES
RECORD RATING FOR FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST

The Texas Rangers’ season-opening three-game sweep over the Boston Red Sox was a television ratings hit on FOX Sports Southwest. The regional cable sports network recorded its best-ever rating for an Opening Day telecast and had it topped two days later, according to Nielsen Media Research.
The Rangers’ 9-5 victory opening the 2011 season on Friday, April 1 averaged a 5.5 Nielsen household rating in Dallas-Fort Worth, a 161% increase over last year’s 2.1 Opening Day rating against the Toronto Blue Jays. It surpassed FOX Sports Southwest’s previous high for a first-game Rangers telecast of 3.9 set on April 6, 1999 against the Detroit Tigers and was the best Opening Day rating for a Rangers broadcast in 12 years since KXAS-TV recorded a 6.5 on April 5, 1999 versus Detroit.
The Opening Day rating was bested on Sunday, April 3 with a 5.7 household average. Saturday’s (April 2) game on FOX Sports Southwest averaged a 4.4 household rating.
An average of 141,700 households in Dallas-Fort Worth tuned in on Friday to watch the Rangers begin their defense of the American League championship, while an average of 115,200 homes watched Saturday’s game, and 147,900 homes tuned in to watch the Rangers complete the sweep on Sunday.