Leading Off (12/6/13): The Ice-pocalypse Cometh

Attack of Snow Miser.  Freezing rain and sleet have coated North Texas in a sheet of ice, and conditions aren’t expected to thaw much over the weekend. Grocery stores were overrun last night, with customers stocking up in anticipation of being trapped in their homes for several days. Roads have gotten messySchools are closed. Many flights are canceled. Saturday’s parade has been called off. So far it looks like runners will still show up Saturday morning to run 26 miles in the cold. Best of luck to them. I’ll be sleeping in until Heat Miser returns.

Rangers Outfielder Victim of Extortion Ring. According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami, three people conspired to extort Leonys Martin out of millions of dollars. Martin claims that, after he first defected from Cuba, a Mexican management company held him against his will and held his family hostage until he paid a “ransom” by agreeing to pay 30% of his future baseball earnings.

 City Hall Tree-Huggers Go to Court. In a lawsuit filed last week, the city of Dallas is asking that developer Mario Davey pay a fine of up to $500,000 for illegally clearing an East Dallas lot of 29 trees in order to build homes. Davey just calls it “dirty politics.” It’s the first time the city has sued over a violation of the tree ordinance.

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Leading Off (9/27/13)

The Rebirth of Big Tex. Because of windy conditions yesterday, State Fair organizers couldn’t keep in place the curtains that were meant to hide Big Tex 2.0 from public view before his scheduled unveiling this afternoon, during the first day of the fair. So we all got a look at him yesterday. Now the Morning […]

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The Texas Rangers Have Waffles and Pancakes

Has anyone tried these things?  USA Today offers comment: From the boxes, it’s not clear what the waffles have to do with the Texas Rangers, and vice versa. Do the waffles have Rangers logos on them? Doesn’t look like it. Are they the only waffle that Yu Darvish will eat? Possibly; he’s a man of distinguishing […]

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Adrian Beltre Is Becoming Baseball’s Most Overly Appreciated Underappreciated Player

A co-working FrontBurnervian points out Jonah Keri’s article today on Grantland about the career of Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. Here’s my favorite part, a story I didn’t know, from Beltre’s time playing for the Seattle Mariners: If Beltre was an opportunist who could summon the mighty Contract Year wizard to grant him +50 […]

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Texas Rangers’ Nelson Cruz Could Face 100-Game Suspension by Major League Baseball

ESPN reported last night that Major League Baseball has struck a deal with the operator of a Miami clinic whose records link a number of players to banned substances. He will confirm what he provided and to whom, in exchange for MLB dropping a lawsuit against him. You may remember that the Texas Rangers’ Nelson […]

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Texas Rangers Left-Fielder David Murphy Holds Boston Red Sox Scoreless in Eighth Inning

He did this from the pitching mound. Murphy also notched a strikeout in his inning of relief last night. Unfortunately, the guys whom the Rangers actually pay to pitch couldn’t keep Boston off the scoreboard in any of the previous seven innings, leading to a 17-5 rout. The funniest part of Murphy’s outing is that […]

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This Year’s Texas Rangers Are a Great Baseball Team. Wish They Had a Great Ballpark.

Apologies in advance about bringing up this point again, but the Texas Rangers really should have built their ballpark downtown. (Maybe even if that downtown were Fort Worth’s.) The home of our local Major League Baseball franchise is an oddity, in that of the 21 new MLB ballparks that have opened since 1992, it’s the […]

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Why Adrian Beltre is Your Favorite Texas Rangers Player, Even if You Don’t Know It

On Sunday, SB Nation made the case for why Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is so “hilariously awesome.” Some of it has do with the fact that (as we’ve noted before) he really, really doesn’t like his head to be touched. The post concludes with a couple of GIFs from Saturday’s Rangers game against […]

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Predictions For The 2013 Texas Rangers Season

Your Texas Rangers have the honor of opening the Major League Baseball season — and officially welcoming the Houston Astros to the American League — at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Minute Maid Park in Houston (the game’s on ESPN). Will it be the start of a World Series-winning campaign after a crushing late collapse resulted in […]

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You Boozehounds May Soon Be Able to Drink Wine All Over Rangers Ballpark

Since last season, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has allowed Rangers Ballpark at Arlington sell wine, but only in specific parts of the park. Your seat’s in the upper deck? Kick rocks, wino, and drink at home. Now Rangers officials are trying to change all that. From the “Needlessly Complicated” file: “You can buy beer at […]

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No, Dallas Isn’t a True ‘Baseball Town.’ But That Doesn’t Mean We Don’t Love Our Rangers

If you have any interest in sports at all, you likely heard elsewhere about former-Texas-Rangers/now-Los-Angeles-Angels-of-Anaheim player Josh Hamilton telling CBS 11′s Gina Miller on Sunday that Dallas isn’t ”a true baseball town.” Hamilton wasn’t saying anything that any reasonable person could disagree with, assuming any reasonable person was considering whether baseball or violence-punctuated-by-committee-meetings is first in the […]

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The Texas Rangers’ Jurickson Profar is the Best Prospect in Baseball, According to ESPN

From ESPN’s annual ranking of the top 100 prospects in baseball, released today: Profar is the best prospect in the minors this year thanks to an incredible combination of tools, skills, and baseball instincts rarely found in players who play in the middle of the field. His feel for the game is unusual for a […]

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Nelson Cruz Linked to Miami Steroid Clinic

A report by the Miami New Times today indicates that Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz may have received steroids or human growth hormones from a  Miami clinic that also catered to San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colón, Cuban boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa, and even Alex Rodriguez. The clinic in question is Biogenesis, an “anti-aging” clinic […]

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