Ian Kinsler’s first big league game as a player was Jon Daniels’s first big league game as a General Manager.

Kins’s second was JD’s second, too, and that one was the first big league victory for both.

Vicente Padilla won the game and Boston’s Tim Wakefield took the loss and Phil Nevin hit cleanup — for Texas — and Ian Kinsler hit ninth.

The Rangers won by six.

Last night, Cole Hamels won the game and Detroit’s Chad Bell took the loss and 27-year-old rookie John Hicks hit fifth — for the Tigers — and Ian Kinsler hit first.

The Rangers won by six.

Padilla earned JD’s first big league win, and Hamels (who arrived in Philadelphia the year after Padilla left, and whose debut trailed Kinsler’s and JD’s by a month) notched Number 1,000.

Those thousand trail only Brian Cashman and Billy Beane among active GM’s with their current club.

And since JD started the job, his teams have been in more World Series than Cashman and Beane.


A bunch of numbers were thrown around after Texas 12, Detroit 6, none of which mattered more to Jon Daniels than the Rangers passing one more club in the Wild Card race, or the type of baseball this club is playing right now, punctuated on a night when Jhan Marinez, who threw the final pitch of the game, hit more batters in his mop-up effort than Padilla, who threw the first pitch on April 4, 2006, hit in that one, and a night when the General Manager in place for both games reached a pretty cool milestone.

A few more numbers, if you don’t mind.



Rangers hitter without a run or RBI on Wednesday


Rangers runs, for the second straight night


Exit velo on nine different balls Rangers hitters put in play, headed by 109.3 on Joey’s 35th bomb


Regular season victories for JD — who’s still a thirtysomething



Jamey Newberg

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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