The Texas Rangers announced this afternoon that the club has placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, with a right intercostal strain.
Twenty-one years have passed in Arlington since the arrival of a pudgy 19-year-old Puerto Rican kid.
Robin Ventura hasn’t spoken to Nolan Ryan since charging the mound against the Hall of Fame pitcher 19 seasons ago.
Opening Day — two beautiful words for every fan, fanatic or casual observer of baseball. It is the one day of the year where every team starts the slate clean.
There was a time when the residents of Dallas and Fort Worth couldn’t stand each other. Some would argue that a competition between the two cities still stands, but thanks to the arrival of the Texas Rangers in 1972, that rivalry started to ebb.
After 18 years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and six more at the Dallas Observer, sportswriter Richie Whitt has found a new home here at CBSDFW.COM. Come in. Have a seat. Prop up your feet. Take a load off. And enjoy the almost daily blog ramblings of a true sports fanatic.
Every Texas Rangers fan is going through the same scenario in their minds right now – they are remembering their first trip to a Rangers game, and are still amazed how far this team has really come.
Arguably the key moment in the history of the Texas Rangers happened on December 7, 1988. That was the day that Nolan Ryan signed a free agent deal with the Texas Rangers, setting the beleaguered franchise on a course that’s still taking shape.
In the mind of at least one Rangers fan (the author), Ivan Rodriguez will always be a 19-year-old called up from Oklahoma City so fast he had to postpone his wedding. He’ll always be the pudgy kid who earned his nickname for a reason, and will always be the catcher with the magic arm that almost picked off Rickey Henderson at second base on July 2, 1991.
There are power hitters, then there is Juan Gonzalez. Arguably the most prolific hitter in Rangers history, Juan Gone’s numbers have earned him the #5 spot of the 21 Best Rangers Ever.
Considered one of the great defensive catchers in all of Major League Baseball, Jim Sundberg was the anchor of the Texas Rangers for much of his 16-year career.
The man at first base for two periods in Rangers history, Rafael Palmerio was also equally solid at the plate, hitting 321 of his more than 500 home runs in a Rangers uniform.