New Ballgame In Town

Approaching the 2010 season, Team President and former pitching ace Nolan Ryan said he would be “disappointed” if the Texas Rangers did not win the American League West. Here we are about to tip our toes into July and the young, exciting Rangers are 3.5 games up on the recently familiar champion of the division, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in California, or whatever label they are sporting these days. The folks in Arlington are giving their fans a show on the field not seen in many years, and the rest of baseball is taking note of the fast-rising, division leading Texas Rangers.

With all free agent signings, come wins and losses. You have your Mark Derosa’s, then you have your infamous flopping gems like the greatness of Chan Ho Park. The Rangers offseason consisted of developing the young arm and select bats, as usual. Also, maintaining the likes of Kinsler, Young, Hamilton, and Nelson Cruz. Aside from these internal moves, the Rangers reached out to Vladiir Guerrero. Guerrero did not receive an intriguing contract offer from his former team, the rival Angels, who thought “Vladdy” had reached the pinnacle of his career years and years ago.
The Rangers chose against re-signing Designated Hitter Andruw Jones, who had found the fountain of “Ruth” in Arlington. Jones, after falling off the relevance map in his career, came to Texas and worked with then-Rangers (now Cubs) Hitting Coach Rudy Jamarillo, notorious for helping struggling veterans turn their careers around. Moving on from Jones and with Guerrero available, the Rangers took notice.

Vladamir Guerrero Stats in Arlington Since First at-bat in 2004: (as of 5/9/10) 65 Games 249 At-Bats

BA: .410

OBP: .475

SLUG: .727 (!)

First At-Bat: Single off R.A. Dickey (currently a New York Mets starting pitcher, and doing quite well surprisingly)

With that being said, the Rangers added Guerrero for an uber-cheap (for the quality he has been) $5.5 million for one year and a mutual contract option for the 2011 season.

The Rangers overpaid for Rich Harden, who’s best move this season was going to the Disabled List. =).

More on the Rangers soon, but a couple key moves and the on-going superb player development in the organization has made the Rangers a threat in not only the American League West, but the whole league. The Rangers currently have the second-best record in the whole Major League Baseball league, one game behind the infamous rivals – the New York Yankees. The fans of the Texas Rangers fans have been rewarded with stellar play and exciting and competitive and electric and consistent production. Texas stands at 28-12 on the road and .500 (18-18) on the road. No complaints for now, but uhhhh, that sale could use a little momentum, for now, W’s and smiles in Arlington.


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