If your idea of doing your part to stimulate the economy on this Black Friday is to kick it from the comfort of your desk, you can click this book cover image and, in about a minute, take care of the Rangers fans on your holiday shopping list (and yourself):
Included in the book:
- A ranking of the top 72 prospects in the Texas farm system and the best tools among Rangers prospects (in 39 categories), my 2011 series of MLB.com columns putting together a hypothetical 25-man roster using only Rangers minor leaguers, the annual 40-Man Roster Conundrum chapter, predictions for 2012 breakout seasons, and other stuff.
- 323 pages on the greatest season in Rangers history, highlighted by:
- The off-season: The hottest stove the Rangers have been part of in many years, featuring the Cliff Lee dance, the efforts to trade for Zack Greinke and Matt Garza, the Michael Young/Rockies saga, the signing of Adrian Beltre when he seemed certain to sign with the Angels, the trade for Mike Napoli
- February/March: The camp story lines, including Neftali Feliz as a starter early and Alexi Ogando late and the new roles for Beltre and Young, Mike Olt and Neil Ramirez on the back fields (breakouts that would carry into the season)
- April/May: Sweeps of Boston and Seattle to start the season, a 9-1 record after Ogando beat Justin Verlander in a 2-0 shutout of the Tigers, a broken Josh Hamilton shoulder and broken bullpen that at one point was manned by Dave Bush, Cody Eppley, Darren Oliver, Arthur Rhodes, Pedro Strop, Brett Tomko, and Ryan Tucker, responsible in part for a division lead that had disappeared by late May
- June/July: Leonys Martin, the Draft, a change at hitting coach, Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman, a 12-game win streak that pushed a tie atop the division to a five-game lead, an overload of COFFEY during a wild trade season that had Texas in on every key player and culminated in deals for Mike Adams and Koji Uehara
- August: A seven-game AL West lead that, starting with a Mark Trumbo walkoff that saved the Angels from getting swept at home by Texas, was chipped down to two games a week later, the dance with St. Louis that looked momentarily like it might have resulted in Lance Berkman becoming a Ranger
- September: The Guzman/Jordan Akins show at Fall Instructs, a .429/.518/.843 month from Napoli and 1.21 ERA in six starts from C.J. Wilson, a 14-2 finish to secure ALDS home field by a one-game margin
- October: Beltre’s ALDS Game 4 and Nelson Cruz’s ALCS Game Two and ALCS Game Four (captured on the cover of the book) and the ninth inning of World Series Game Two and Derek Holland’s World Series Game Four and Napoli’s World Series Game Five . . . the greatest month in Texas Rangers history, recounted over 33 pages, starting with Eleven Things and ending with one
- All 109 TROT COFFEY’s that went out by email from November 2010 through October 2011
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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, and best wishes for a productive holiday season.
Make the 2012 Bound Edition your Joe Nathan. The long lines will still be there later today.