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Texas Rangers 2013 calendar features several non-Rangers players (Video)



Mike-Napoli-CalendarIn case Texas Rangers fans forget how different their lineup is going to look when the 2013 season begins, the team’s 2013 calendar is here to serve as a reminder. As you know, Texas has parted ways with several stars this offseason including Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Michael Young. However, the calendar you see above was already printed before any of those transactions went down.

As the one gentleman in the above video said, the calendar can now be viewed as a collector’s item. Hamilton has signed a massive deal with the Angels, Napoli is heading to Boston — if they can ever work out the wording in his contract — and Young has been traded to the Phillies. Despite that, the trio still makes up Mr. May, Mr. August and Mr. September.

If there are any Rangers fans out there who are unwilling to fully let go of last year’s studs and want to see their faces during the 2013 season, you now have the perfect gift idea.

Jon Daniels upset Josh Hamilton didn’t give Rangers chance to match offer

For the second offseason in a row, the Angels pulled off a stunner by signing the biggest free agent bat on the market, all without so much as a whisper indicating they were in on the negotiations. The team agreed to a five-year, $125 million deal with outfielder Josh Hamilton, who spent the last five seasons with the Texas Rangers.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels spoke to the media on Thursday and said he was disappointed Hamilton and his agent didn’t give Texas a chance to match the Angels’ offer.

“Our full expectation was that the phone call was going to be before he signed, certainly not after and giving us an idea,” Daniels said Thursday, via MLB.com. “Josh had indicated recently, last week, he told us he felt it might be time to move on, but that we were still talking. I’m not going to get in to the reason, technically, why. I thought we had additional conversations this week that had moved it along in a positive direction. Apparently not.

“It’s business, and everybody has to make their own calls and he has a family to look out for,” Daniels said. “I get it. Josh has done a lot for the organization, the organization has done a lot for Josh — a lot of things that aren’t public and things of that nature. I’m a little disappointed in how it was handled, but he had a decision to make and he made it.”

Daniels made it clear that he was not bothered that Hamilton accepted a five-year offer from a good club that was offering a lot of money. He understands that. He just wishes Hamilton had given them a last chance to negotiate.

“My disappointment stems more from the fact that there was a relationship over time. I thought we understood that we had a chance to at least have a conversation. This isn’t restricted free agency in the NFL where you get an offer sheet and a chance to match it. We never expected that. But we thought with the relationship that we’d have one more conversation before the fact and that didn’t happen. I wish him well. I wish him and his family well.”

If you piece together the information, it becomes obvious that Hamilton did not want to return to Texas.

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Josh Hamilton error gives A’s two runs, possibly the division (Video)

Josh Hamilton was considered an MVP candidate this season, but the only team he was helping on Wednesday was the Athletics.

Hamilton completely missed a Yoenis Cespedes fly ball with two outs in the fourth inning, allowing the A’s to score two runs to go up 7-5. Had Hamilton made the routine play, the game would have continued tied 5-5. Instead, Oakland added five extra runs as the game went on and won 12-5.

Not only did Hamilton commit a costly two-run error, but he also went just 1-for-5 with three strikeouts at the plate.

Texas was swept by the A’s in the three-game series and improbably blew a 13-game AL West lead over Oakland as of June 30. According to Elias Sports Bureau via ESPN, the Rangers set a record for spending the most days (178) in first place without winning the division.

If the Rangers lose the one-game playoff to the Orioles, a few less hearts will be broken if/when the Rangers decide to let Hamilton walk in free agency.

How could he miss that?

Insane clap of thunder sends players, umpires running in Texas (Video)

When thunder can be heard just a few seconds after you see a flash of lightning, that means conditions are probably not favorable to be standing in the middle of an open field that is surrounded by steel. When the sound of the thunder is deafening and occurs at the exact moment you see a bolt of lightning, you do what all the players and umpires did in the video you see above.

During the fourth inning of Sunday’s game between the Twins and Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington, one of the loudest cracks of thunder you will ever hear shook the stadium and sent the players and umpires scattering. Before the game could officially be put on hold because of weather, almost every player was already sprinting for cover. If Torrey Smith thought that earthquake he felt at practice in Baltimore was scary, he wouldn’t have made it out of Texas alive. Jim Furyk, on the other hand, probably wouldn’t have been the tiniest bit fazed by it.

Rangers’ announcer Dave Barnett has a brief moment of insanity on air (Audio)

What you just heard (if you turned your volume way up) is a snippet of Texas Rangers announcer Dave Barnett having what can only be described as an out-of-body, hallucinating experience.

“A 2-1 game, the tying run on second — a lead-off single by Chase Headley. Go-ahead run is at (pause) fifth on what Adams is insisting on calling it a botched robbery. What actually happened was his henchman (pause) took piece literally out of my, his–.”

Go ahead run is at 5th base? Maybe Dave Barnett is just thinking of Josh Hamilton during his party days when he became the first person in human history to make it to the coveted 5th base. One can only assume that getting to 5th base involves at least 20 women, a couple of dwarfs, and a Unicorn. Not too sure where the botched robbery that Adams’ is insisting on calling it would be. One of the dwarfs trying to steal Hamilton’s pants but gets kicked by the Unicorn and bursts into a thousand gold coins? Seems legit enough.

Legitimately the only explanation I could think of for Barnett’s ramble.

UPDATE: Barnett will miss at least two games to undergo evaluation after that episode. He believes it may have to do with migraines.

H/T Deadspin

Mike Napoli shares video of Rangers Ballpark facing tornado winds

Two tornado warnings were issued in the Dallas metro area Tuesday with the additional warning that “dangerous tornadoes” were still possible. The Rangers may have had plans to get some work in at the ballpark, but that all changed with the weather. One tornado touched down and caused damage in the city. In case you’re unsure how bad things are, Rangers catcher Mike Napoli took this video showing the powerful winds the city of Arlington endured. The tarp on the field really starts whipping around after about a minute. The Rangers have had fun during weather delays in the past, but this is completely different. We hope everyone in the area is able to stay safe.

Rangers selling a two-foot, $26 hot dog that is meant for sharing (Picture)

Apparently creating massive food dishes is the thing to do this season across the baseball world. I know eating and ballgames go hand-in-hand, but for some reason it seems as though Man v. Food is inspiring minor league and Major League clubs all across the nation. The Rangers have made the latest contribution in the form of a two-foot hot dog that is priced at a reasonable $26. Check out this picture of the double foot-long that Darren Rovell shared with us:

According to Rovell’s tweet, the Rangers say the hot dog is meant for sharing. How on Earth does that justify charging $26 for it? From my experiences at Fenway Park — which is one of the most costly sports venues in the country — a hot dog typically costs somewhere between $4 and $6. So say a classic Fenway Frank is $5. I’m no math genius, but I believe if four Fenway Franks equal the length of this hot dog you’re still looking at only $2o. Instead of sharing a $26 hot dog (which nobody is going to do anyway) why not get two of your own? Personally, I’d rather spend my money on the Strasburger or the Moby Dick sandwich.