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Washington, Daniels don’t deserve to be fired… yet

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The past two years have been failures for the Texas Rangers. Okay, yeah, some teams would love to have made it as far as the Rangers did in 2012 and 2013 (I’m looking at you Houston), but considering where the Rangers were the two previous years (aka: the World Series), losing in the Wild Card game and then in a play-in game are not exactly the expectations this franchise has anymore. But with that being said manager Ron Washington and general manager Jon Daniels don’t deserve to be on chopping block.

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Texas Rangers’ trade for Prince Fielder good for upcoming seasons

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Wednesday evening, it was reported by CBS Sports and then confirmed that the Texas Rangers would be trading second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder and $30 million. Talk about sending shock waves around the baseball world. At first, I was skeptical about it all. While Fielder is a great hitter, he hadn't been that great in the postseason, as seen by the now infamous flop into third base in the ALCS against Boston. And Kinsler was a great base-stealing threat. But after thinking about for a couple of days, I think this trade is going to be a good one for the Rangers.

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Adding Choo would increase Rangers’ lineup potential

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By now everyone knows of the Rangers’ trade with the Tigers sending second baseman Ian Kinsler up north for power-hitting first baseman Prince Fielder. Considering the fact that Nelson Cruz is more than likely head out, it was a much needed move to sure up a weakened and depleted lineup. But as Bloat the blowfish in Finding Nemo realizes, “Now what?” Well, David Schoenfield wrote for ESPN.com Monday that the next move for the Rangers should be to sign free agent Shin-Soo Choo. And after reading that article, it all makes sense.

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Bad spring training record for Texas Rangers not concerning

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Vince Lombardi once said that "Winning is everything." But I'm not so sure Lombardi would have the same attitude about preseason games and especially the month long spring training for baseball. So far this spring training, the Texas Rangers probably wouldn't agree with that saying.

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Baseball’s opening day brings endless possibilities

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Happy birthday to me, in more ways than one. Yes, this is my birthday, but possibly more importantly, it's opening day for almost every baseball team and with a new season bringing new, and sometimes unrealistic expectations. Baseball's opening day is like nothing else in sports.

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Rangers offense inconsistent to start year, but the potential is there

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There was so much to look forward to going into this season for the Texas Rangers' offense. The addition of Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder were the offseason acquisitions general manager John Daniels needed to make. But through eight games this season, it hasn't exactly gone the way most thought it would.

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Goal for Rangers in early going: survive and advance

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Over the course of a 162 game season, there are going to be rough spots and some injuries. But at the same time, you don't expect all of the injuries to come at the same time. That's the predicament the Texas Rangers are finding themselves in not even a full month into the season.

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Rangers’ bats need to make up for pitching woes

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While the pitching staff goes through some pains--Martin Perez being out for an extended period, Matt Harrison with another back issue Tuesday night and not getting Derek Holland back until mid-to-late June at the earliest, it's going to have to be the offense that leads this team to getting more consistent and getting back in the AL West race.

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Loss of Prince Fielder has led to Rangers offensive explosion

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Apparently, all it took for the Texas Rangers offense to finally get going was a little addition by subtraction. After it came out Thursday that first baseman Prince Fielder would undergo surgery to help his hurting neck and would be out for the rest of the season, people were predicting that this was the final straw for the Rangers this season. I'll even admit that I didn't see this team doing much after that debilitating news. But the Rangers clubhouse had other ideas.

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Rangers becoming the ultimate up-and-down roller coaster ride

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Being a fan of the Texas Rangers is not for the weak at heart, weak minded... or the sane. The past couple of seasons for the Rangers have been filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows and most of the time, the two have come almost back-to-back. It's thrown their fans for quite the loop as well.