Surprise scoreboard, 21 March 2018
Given that North Carolina hosts two of Texas’s farm clubs, I decided to regift some of your donations after Florence struck. So, congratulations to you, because ten cents of every dollar you donated was divided among the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, Americares (emergency medical and relief supplies to people to displaced people and clinics), and the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund (a state-run catch-all that will distribute money to other organizations).
Frisco's antepenultimate lineup in San Antonio, 22 August 2018
The last two years haven't been the best. For the first time since I've been on this gig, both the parent club and farm haven't performed well. The state of the system caught me off guard when I showed up to Surprise in March 2017, although it shouldn't have. Win-now trades. Injuries. Rule changes that blunted Texas's talent acquisition advantage. And guys just not panning out. After a fallow period, we're going to start seeing more top prospects in the upper levels of the system, ready to contribute. I'm not sure what the MLB club will be like in 2019, but the farm will be more fun, and I'm looking to covering the next wave as it comes in.
Jamey built something special, and I'm glad I've been part of it. Thanks for reading.
Round Rock's final home game as a Texas affiliate, 30 August 2018
My thanks to:
The Texas Rangers front office and communications staff, coaches, players, etc.
Chris Almendarez, Tim Jackson, Andrew Felts, Mike Capps, the press box ushers who not only tolerated but entertained my daughter, and everyone with the Round Rock Express. And, until the end of March, Jill Cacic.
Ryan Rouillard, Melanie Newman, Chuck Greenberg and everyone with the Frisco RoughRiders.
Rich Weimart of the San Antonio Missions, who is always ready for the belated email I send asking for a media pass.
Dominic Cotroneo of the Down East Wood Ducks.
Mark Parker, not of but significantly involved with the Hickory Crawdads.
John Collett and Bud Bareither of the Spokane Indians.
Every scout I bothered for info and gun readings.
Aspiring scouts and front-office types on Twitter and elsewhere.
Podcast partners Ted Price and Michael Tepid.
Kate Morrison for filling in.
Jamey Newberg for the opportunity.
Whoever I should have listed but didn't.
My Rangers Org. Tables
Yours truly, 16 March 2013, probably the last reasonably clean-shaven picture of me