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October 13, 1994 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Texas Rangers manager Kevin Kennedy, whose team led the American League West despite a losing record when the baseball strike began, was fired yesterday, two days after a new general manager had been hired. "My gut feeling was that I wanted to start with a clean slate," general manager Doug Melvin said. Kennedy was the fourth manager to be fired since the players went on strike Aug. 12. Hal McRae of Kansas City, Butch Hobson of Boston and Johnny Oates of Baltimore were dismissed earlier, and only the Royals have filled their vacancy.
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March 30, 1991 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Outfielder Pete Incaviglia was placed on waivers yesterday by the Texas Rangers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. If Incaviglia, 26, is not claimed by Wednesday, he will become a free agent. Texas, which said it wanted to "go in another direction," would then have to give him 45 days termination pay: $414,148. "I think my teammates are going to be very upset," Incaviglia said. "I think this will take them by surprise. I may not have the respect of (manager)
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January 6, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Dallas Stars owner Tom Hicks is leading a group bidding to purchase baseball's Texas Rangers, a spokeswomen for the businessman confirmed last night. Talks regarding the prospective deal have been ongoing for some time, said Hicks spokeswoman Lisa LeMaster. "The only thing I can say is to confirm that discussions have been under way for some months," she told the Associated Press. Asked if a deal to buy the Rangers was imminent, LeMaster said she could not speculate. Dallas television station WFAA first reported the talks last night, citing a spokesperson for Hicks and a current investor in the team.
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July 21, 1991 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ivan Rodriguez, the Texas Rangers' 19-year-old catcher, has been in the majors for only about a month, but he has already made a lasting impression. "Mechanically," Toronto manager Cito Gaston said, "he's the best young catcher I've seen. Ever. " Barring an injury, Rodriguez will catch more games as a teenager than any other player in major-league history, according to the Rangers' public relations department. The Boston Braves' Del Crandall caught the most games of any teenager - 63 in 1949.
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May 31, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Roy Oswalt signed with the Texas Rangers on Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News. The report said the former Phillies and Astros righthander got a prorated $8 million deal, which would put $4 million in his pocket if he is called up by July 1. He can also earn an extra $1 million if he makes 10 starts. ESPN.com said the Phillies, Cardinals and Dodgers all made offers - some exceeding that of the Rangers - but Oswalt preferred Texas, where he has a close relationship with club president Nolan Ryan.
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October 26, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas Rangers haven't taken the conventional route to the World Series, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco against the National League champion Giants. The Rangers needed 50 years to win a playoff series and spent most of this season in bankruptcy. But they were able to make season-altering trades, retain their manager despite a failed drug test, and help their star player overcome troubles with drugs and alcohol. It may not have been the easiest path to the Fall Classic, but Texas, with its offensively charged team, is looking to put the finishing touches on a wild season.
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April 26, 1987 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
If you were a burglar specializing in luxury hotels, the 22d floor of the Sheraton Premier would not have been the place to be on a recent spring afternoon. The cavernous suite near the elevators seemed much too small for its occupants. Four very large Texas Rangers - enough for a quorum if not a posse - sat around drawling over their Cokes and occasionally peering out at the endless sprawl of the San Fernando Valley below. And these rangers were not alone. They loomed over Nick Nolte, who at 6 feet, 3 inches boasts the size and physique of an NFL linebacker and is hardly inconspicuous himself.
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August 1, 2000 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
The voice is that of Tom Grieve, a general manager of the Texas Rangers in the time that George W. Bush served as its principal owner. "He is one of the best people I have ever met," gushed Grieve of the Republican nominee for president. "You can tell he had great parents. He's very compassionate. He has unbelievable energy. He is one of the few people that when you bump into and you're around him, he elevates your mood, your energy. You feel happier. "He has a great sense of humor.
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July 19, 2011 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Next stop for the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants? The White House. President Obama will open the White House to the team on Monday in honor of its 2010 defeat of the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the World Series. The Giants will travel to Philly after the White House visit for a three-game series against the Phillies, beginning next Tuesday.  
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March 3, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Texas Rangers infielder Jerry Hairston Jr.'s name surfaced yesterday and a ninth person was arrested in a widespread steroids investigation out of upstate New York. Hairston got a prescription for human growth hormone in May 2004 from a doctor jailed in the case, SI.com reported, citing a law-enforcement document its reporters saw. The drugs were sent from Applied Pharmacy Services in Mobile, Ala., whose owners reportedly have been indicted by an Albany County (N.Y.) grand jury.
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September 15, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Jorge Alfaro spent the last five months preparing for the moment he faced in the seventh inning of a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. The catching prospect worked each afternoon this season with double-A manager Dusty Wathan. It helped, Alfaro said, to have a minor-league manager who happened to be a former catcher. Wathan gave Alfaro daily lessons in the catcher's art of calling pitches. There is little question that Alfaro can hit. He batted .285 with a .783 OPS this season at Reading.
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August 21, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
This was mid-January, a freezing day in a freezing month, but already Nick Williams was thinking warm thoughts. The Phillies had brought him to Citizens Bank Park, with several other young players and prospects, for a tour of the place, and in walking the concourse Williams began eyeballing the right-field wall and its alluring distance from home plate. Just 329 feet down the line. Just 369 to right-center. September, he said. He wanted to be in the Phillies lineup by the end of September, to take some shots at that short porch.
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July 24, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
READING - As soon as Jorge Alfaro signed with the Texas Rangers in 2010, his focus shifted to doing whatever he could to make it to the majors. But Alfaro grew up playing the outfield, third base, and shortstop. He didn't have any catching experience and the Rangers moved him behind the plate anyway. He wasn't expecting it. But he wasn't surprised, either. Alfaro was ready to do whatever was asked of him. "I will play anything," Alfaro said. "But I really like catching [now]
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July 13, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
SAN DIEGO - Cole Hamels never doubted he would return to the postseason. Stay healthy, the former Phillies ace said, and the opportunity could arise. He just did not expect it so soon with the Texas Rangers last season, mere months after the Phillies traded him. Now he is the best pitcher on the team with the best record in the American League at the all-star break. Life is good for the 32-year-old lefthander. That does not preclude him from being wistful about the great days in Philadelphia.
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April 25, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Jerad Eickhoff was three years removed from being a 15th-round pick and even further from being considered a prospect. The pitcher was instead a middling minor-leaguer, struggling to find success on baseball's lowest rungs. Then, in the summer of 2014, he struck up a conversation with Mark Connor, a roving pitching instructor in the Texas Rangers' farm system. Connor told Eickhoff to throw his curveball more. He believed that American League pitchers who offered a heavy dosage of curveballs were more likely to succeed.
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March 26, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
For Bishop Eustace catchers, hitting is optional. Defense and leadership are mandatory. That's fine with Crusaders senior catcher Nate Steele. He has embraced his role for a young team with a staff of inexperienced pitchers. "As a catcher, that's how it works at Eustace," Steele said. Bishop Eustace coach Sam Tropiano "doesn't even care about how much you hit. You have to be a leader. " Steele batted a respectable .293 with seven doubles, two homers and 19 RBIs as a junior for a team that won 25 games and finished in the No. 1 spot in the Inquirer's Top 25. Steele had two of those RBIs in Bishop Eustace's victory over Eastern in the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic championship game.
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March 1, 2016
Free agent Ian Desmond has agreed to a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers that will include a move to the outfield for the onetime all-star shortstop who was expected to be in their camp Monday. The $8 million deal was near completion after Desmond passed his physical Sunday, according to a baseball official who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement from the team. Desmond is expected to play left field for the AL West champion Rangers.
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February 26, 2016
Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton will start the season on the disabled list because of an injured left knee. Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said the five-time all-star, bothered by swelling in the knee, received a stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injection Monday, when he was examined by orthopedist James Andrews. Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, will be on crutches for seven to 10 days and is projected to need eight weeks of recovery time. Levine said Hamilton likely would start a minor-league rehabilitation assignment in late April and the Rangers hope he will return to their lineup in early May. Hamilton will be making his 11th trip to the disabled list.
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February 22, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was an interesting revelation from a passionate man with little patience for ballplayers who do not work diligently at their craft. Unsolicited this offseason, Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa referred to Odubel Herrera as the hardest working man on the team last season. "He was the kind of kid that gave everything he had, and his attitude was the same every game," Bowa said. "I've seen guys play a year or two, and they never make any adjustments. But to me this kid made adjustments last year.
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January 19, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Growing up in Galveston, Texas, Nick Williams spent a lot of time in his backyard hitting golf balls without a golf club. He was a kid who loved baseball, and kids who love baseball often love hitting home runs, and Williams savored the chance to track how far a baseball would go once his bat struck it. His father might throw him 200 pitches during a batting-practice session, Williams said, and he'd swing from his heels at every one. But he particularly...
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