Shin-Soo Choo is finally an All-Star, and many are surprised it hasn’t happened sooner. Now that he is, it’s time to recognize he has been good for the Texas Rangers and in his career. And don’t tell him he’s injury-prone.
Shin-Soo Choo is no different than any other veteran who has never been a world champion: He wants to win a World Series before he retires. He also doesn’t want to be traded away from the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers made multiple moves involving their minor league teams, including activating two players on the disabled list. Catcher Carlos Perez was reinstated and optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. Left-hander Yohander Mendez, who was demoted after breaking team rules in Kansas City, Mo., was moved up to Double-A Frisco from High-A Down East.
The Texas Rangers went 41-56 in the first half, and it’s apparent that their second-half goals are to continue the development of young players. Wins? They would be nice but won’t be the ultimate measure of a successful final 65 games to the finish line.
Mike Minor admitted that he couldn’t make quality pitches in the decisive third inning Sunday. He certainly didn’t make any excuses. The Rangers, meanwhile, are still planning to limit his pitch counts and innings in the second half even if it might be having an adverse effect.
Martin Perez didn’t allow a run until the sixth inning, and it was only one run at that. He returned for the seventh and dominated with a perfect inning. Afterward, he sound different than in the past. Those are all good signs for the Texas Rangers.
No third baseman has won as many Gold Gloves at Baltimore Orioles great Brooks Robinson, and on Saturday he had high praise for another third baseman who will be joining him in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Texas Rangers star Adrian Beltre.
Add right-hander Kyle Cody to the list of Texas Rangers prospects to need Tommy John surgery this year. As the Rangers try to produce players for future seasons, losing three prospects is a blow to an already thin farm system.
Cole Hamels was pretty good for six innings but left with the bases loaded in the seventh. Ultimately, he wasn’t pleased with his outing in a 5-4 victory over the Orioles. As far as the Rangers are concerned, they need to hope the scouts evaluating him for a potential trade liked what he did.
Martin Perez is scheduled to return from the disabled list and pitch Saturday for the Texas Rangers, who hold a 2019 option on the left-hander. He wants to return, but needs to pitch well the rest of the season to for the Rangers’ hand.
Add the Texas Rangers to the list of professional sports franchises and organizations to distance themselves from Papa John’s after the pizza company’s founder confirmed that he used a racial slur in May during a conference call on public relations.
Cole Hamels believes he has discovered the causes behind his recent struggles and is going to try to fix things Friday against the Baltimore Orioles. A rebound start would help the Texas Rangers in their attempts to deal him before the July 31 trade deadline.
Shin-Soo Choo’s on-base streak held at 48 games Wednesday as he never left the bench in 4-2 loss to Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox, not even when the game was within reach in the final two innings. It sure looked like something fishy was going on.
Chris Sale was going to be Rougned Odor's toughest matchup during Rougned Odor's resurgence the past six weeks, but the second baseman is surging at the plate and looking like the hitter he can be for the first time since 2016.
The deal that brought Austin Jackson to the Texas Rangers on Sunday was, in essence, the Rangers taking on his salary to purchase pitching prospect Jason Bahr and reliever Cory Gearrin from the San Francisco Giants. Jackson was designated for assignment Wednesday.
Mike Minor received the clarification he was seeking Monday night, but he didn't necessarily like what he heard. At least he will continue to start in a rotation that could look vastly different in less than a month.
The notion that Carlos Tocci can be immediately moved to the disabled list until September is not going to come to fruition without him being injured. So, Willie Calhoun is still on hold and might be until Sept. 1. He might be behind Scott Heineman anyway.