There are a lot of interesting things developing, but I won’t have time to write in the morning. I did, however, want to point out four pretty cool things in the meantime:

1. Add one more guest to the lineup for the Book Release Party on Friday, December 14: Rangers starting pitcher prospect Doug Mathis is traveling in from his home in Arizona to join us for the event. He’ll join Chris Davis, German Duran, Johnny Whittleman, and Blake Beavan for our autograph and Q&A sessions at the Rangers’ Dallas Office from 6:00 until 9:00 that evening. The price of autographs is the purchase of the 2008 Bound Edition.

2. Friend of the Newberg Report Joe Siegler has gone yard with an incredibly thorough, unique assessment of all 30 big league ballparks. He’s worked on this piece for four months and has just finished it. Give it some of your time; it’s well worth it.

3. Friend of the Newberg Report Bryan Hoctor (one of the contributing photographers for the 2008 Bound Edition) asked if I would pass this along:

“The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Dallas Wine Opener is this Saturday, December 1, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. We would love to have the Newberg Nation well represented at this Black Tie event.

“The event features about 150 auction items including about a dozen trips, Stars, Mavs, RoughRiders, and FC Dallas tickets, and autographed items from German Duran, Mike Modano, Peggy Fleming and many others. The auction also includes wine tastings, great meals and many unique items.

“Anyone who is interested can contact the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at (214) 871-2222 or visit

4. This exchange between a fan and Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis in a chat session this afternoon:

Nathan (San Diego): When I open Baseball America’s 2008 Prospect Handbook, which team’s farm system am I going to find made the biggest jump from last year? . . .

Jim Callis: The Rangers. Via trades and the draft, plus the improvement of prospects already on hand, they’ll jump from No. 28 last year to perhaps the top five. I haven’t broken down all the systems, so I can’t be more precise.


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