October 13, 1994 |
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.
March 30, 1991 |
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)
January 6, 1998 |
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.
July 21, 1991 |
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.
May 31, 2012 |
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.
October 26, 2010 |
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.
April 26, 1987 |
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.
August 1, 2000 |
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.
July 19, 2011 |
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.
August 1, 2015 |
Updated at 12:00 p.m. Friday: The trade is now official. The Phillies, in a warped sort of way, just showed the world what a big-market team is capable of doing. The purse strings they pulled in order to get six players in return for staff ace Cole Hamels and wildly inconsistent reliever Jake Diekman showed that they are willing to spend in an attempt to get better. It was the business of a bad baseball team, but not a cheap one. In order to get three of the Texas Rangers' better prospects - outfielder Nick Williams, pitcher Jake Thompson and catcher Jorge Alfaro - the Phillies opted to eat a lot of Hamels' money and take on the hefty contract of veteran pitcher Matt Harrison, who is unlikely to recapture the form that got him that huge five-year deal in January 2013.