Links and notes.

Well, I made a mistake. 
It happens. 


I made a mistake about how much you all contributed Tuesday
night at our Sherlock’s event to support Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer.  When I told you it was $10,470, that was


It was actually $12,170.


That’s pretty great.


There’s a video on Sherlock’s Facebook of Annette Leslie’s
meaningful comments about her son Carson, about Michael Young, and about Wipe
Out Kids’ Cancer.  Watch it:!/video/video.php?v=103794122982714


I was motivated to sit down and write up a recap of the
event, but I’m having some computer issues, on top of which it’s really not
necessary for me to summarize things. 
You can watch the entire Q&A portions with Jake Krug, Chuck
Greenberg, and Michael Young, moderated by Chuck Morgan, courtesy of Ted Price’s
video footage, at  Click “Media/Video” on the top menu.


Plenty of recaps out there, too:


Eleanor Czajka:


ESPN’s Richard Durrett:


A handful of Tweets from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jeff


The Dallas Observer’s Richie Whitt:


The Fan’s Sybil Summers (video interview with Chuck
Greenberg from the event):
(under “Fan Tube”)


Home on the Rangers’ Brandon Wilson:


Texas Summer Heat’s Roger Busby:


Lone Star Ball message board:


And Eleanor’s photos:


We were sold out of Carson’s book minutes after the event
got underway.  If you weren’t one of the
five who bid on and won a copy signed by Michael Young (those went for $500,
$375, $375, $375, and $275), you can get a copy of “Carry Me” at, at under


According to ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian, 12 or 13 teams showed
interest in righthander Colby Lewis (including at least two, Oakland and
Minnesota, who offered two-year contracts) before he agreed to his two-year
deal with Texas.


Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is reportedly up to 200 feet
in his long-toss throwing program as he rehabilitates his shoulder.


I mentioned back when Oakland signed righthander Ben Sheets
that I expect the A’s to trade him in July or recoup a couple first-round draft
picks next winter when he departs for a multi-year deal.  What I didn’t know at the time was that
Sheets’s contract prohibits Oakland from offering him arbitration in the event
that he’s so good in 2010 that he earns Type A status — so forget the two
firsts, and turn up the likelihood of that summer trade.


Catcher Tomas Telis, an 18-year-old switch-hitter who hit
.330/.340/.498 between the Arizona League and Spokane in 2009, will miss the
2010 season due to Tommy John elbow surgery. 
Telis was number 20 on my Top 72 Rangers Prospects list this winter,
after checking in at number 40 a year ago.


As T.R. Sullivan points out, Nolan Ryan is fourth best in baseball
in the last 60 years (minimum 125 starts) with a career rate of 9.55 strikeouts
per nine innings.  Fifth best?  Rich Harden, at 9.35.


Texas signed shortstop Travis Adair, son of Mariners
pitching coach and former Rangers minor league pitching coordinator Rick
Adair.  The 22-year-old, who has worked
out with the Rangers in the past during Fall Instructional League, was Atlanta’s
13th-round pick in 2008 and spent the last two summers playing short-season
ball in the Braves system.


The Rangers also signed third baseman Lee Soto, a huge
disappointment in the Toronto system after signing for $600,000 out of the
Dominican Republic in 2005.  Soto is a
.201/.248/.293 hitter in four pro seasons.


Lots of agate to cover:


Minor league deals: outfielder Frank Catalanotto (Mets),
outfielder Kevin Mench (Washington), outfielder Freddy Guzman (Philadelphia), lefthander
John Koronka (Dodgers), and lefthander Jimmy Gobble (Colorado). 


San Diego named Jeff Pickler a pro scout.  The Mets named Mark Brewer pitching coach at
AA Binghamton.


The Gary Southshore Railcats of the independent Northern
League signed righthander Bear Bay.  The
Kalamazoo Kings of the independent Frontier League signed shortstop Kyle
Higgins.  The Sioux City Explorers of the
independent American Association signed lefthander Jared Locke.


Righthander Doug Brocail retired.


Righthander Akinori Otsuka, according to NPB Tracker’s
Patrick Newman, could miss the 2010 season after undergoing his third elbow


The Rangers’ four first-round and supplemental first-round
picks in July sit at 15, 22, 44, and 48. 
The final two picks will drop one spot each if Rod Barajas signs a big
league deal with a club other than Toronto. 


Joe Siegler is looking for your obscure Rangers photos for
his uniform number project:


Finally, I really encourage you to check out the video on
the website from Tuesday’s event.  If you
want to see this team win, I guarantee you there are a handful of moments from
the event that will give you chills.


And if that’s not enough to get you fired up?


The truck leaves today.


It’s February

Month for those
three Hallmark words:

“Pitchers &





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(c) Jamey Newberg


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