ARLINGTON—By most accounts, this has been a normal offseason for Texas Rangers closer Sam Dyson.
Appearing at a local Academy last week with the Rangers Winter Caravan, Dyson, traded from the Miami Marlins prior to the 2015 MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline, responded to a question about his offseason with his usual deadpan delivery and dry wit.
“Just normal stuff, take a few months off and get going. Working out, training, throwing. Every now and then, I’ll stop and eat some breakfast, lunch and dinner and the occasional chocolate cake or a beer,” Dyson quipped. “Just try to get the body and mind prepared for the season, that’s it.”
But in one way, this winter hasn’t been typical for Dyson, 28, who just completed his first season as the Texas closer.
That’s because earlier this month, a stanza where he and the Rangers agreed to … Read More »
Coaching is a hard job. It doesn’t matter what level you’re at. Whether it’s Little League or the Major Leagues, the job comes with its own unique set of challenges.
In the Rangers case, Jeff Banister has made it clear that he trusts his players to go out and do their jobs. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise at all to see him allow Shawn Tolleson try to work his way out of what has been a horrific early season slump. Tolleson delivered for him last year, and he wasn’t going to cut bait and run until there was incontrovertible proof.
Unfortunately, that proof game happened when he served up the Tuesday night grand slam to the A’s Khris Davis, a shot that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Yes, players were upset. Yes, fans were probably even more upset.
But … Read More »
If you have been glued to social media and the internet watching every move the Dallas Cowboys make during training camp, I can relate. There were many years when I covered two practices a day for weeks at a time. What I learned from those eleven training camp experiences is that after the Blue White scrimmage, training camp is boring. I know it is football and we love football, but if you are glued to Cowboys camp to the exclusion of all other sports you are missing something exciting…wait for it…the Texas Rangers.
The truth is, if you haven’t watched the Rangers lately, then you haven’t watched the Rangers. Sounds like a ploy to get you to tune into Fox Sports SW for Rangers baseball doesn’t it? The truth is I always want you to watch because it helps put food … Read More »