Friday Happy Hour at the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill
Welcome to the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill, the perfect hangout for all those lawyers after they get done working on the Rangers sale.
* Jon Daniels on the Rangers attitude toward Japan: “They play a good brand of baseball over there. One of our objectives and strategy is to be open-minded and acquire the best talent regardless of where it’s coming from.”
* The Rangers five most experienced starters (not counting reliever Darren Oliver) are Rich Harden, Scott Feldman, Brandon McCarthy, Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison. They have started a combined 299 games and won 114 of them as Major League starters. The Angels five of Joel Pineiro, Scott Kazmir, Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver and Joe Saunders have 708 starts between them and 298 wins.
* The Mariners five of Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez, Ian Snell, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Garrett Olson have 527 starts and 207 wins. But the Rangers five have the edge over the Athletics. Oakland has 179 starts and 57 Major League wins from Dallas Baden, Dana Eveland, Justin Duchscherer, Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson.
* Khalil Greene was a third baseman as a freshman and a sophomore at Clemson. He didn’t switch to shortstop until he was a junior. He was second-team All-ACC at third base as a sophomore. First team third baseman? Georgia Tech’s Mark Teixeira of course.
* Greene didn’t leave Clemson until after his senior season. He was drafted after his junior year by the Cubs in the 14th round but stayed in school and got his degree in sociology.
* Jason Bay was once in the Padres farm system. He and Greene were roommates long before they finished 1-2 in the 2004 National League Rookie of the Year voting.
* Manager Ron Washington: “We finally have some pitching depth and we have some kids who have gotten some valuable experience. You just hope they aren’t intimidated and are able to pitch up to their capability. You only go as far as your pitching takes you.”
* As the Orioles closer, Chris Ray used to come into the games to the sound of Marilyn Manson’s Sweet Dreams.
* Here is your All ex-Rangers Free Agent team: C Rod Barajas, 1B Hank Blalock, 2B Frank Catalanotto, SS Rich Aurilia, 3B Fernando Tatis, LF Craig Monroe, CF Freddy Guzman, RF, David Dellucci, DH Marcus Thames and Matt Stairs.
* Need pitching for that team? Kris Benson, Adam Eaton, Sidney Ponson, Jason Jennings, Chan Ho Park, Kip Wells, Joaquin Benoit, Doug Brocail and Jamey Wright.
* Aurilia was a Rangers Minor Leaguer. Never played for them at the Major League level.
* Just for the heck of it: Drew Meyer.
* Rangers Minor League outfield/base running instructor Wayne Kirby turns 46 today.
* He is younger than the CIA. It was 64 years ago today that the CIA was formed. And for all you Lutherans, it was on this date in 1521 that the Diet of Worms began. But it was three months before the Edict of Worms was handed down. Google it if you’re puzzled.
* Josh Hamilton’s contract calls for a $100,000 bonus if he wins the American League Most Valuable Player Award. But he also gets $90,000 if he finishes in second, $80,000 for third place, $70,000 for fourth place and $60,000 for fifth place. He also gets $100,000 if he is the World Series Most Valuable Player and $75,000 if he is the LCS MVP.
* It will be cheaper for the Rangers if they win a World Series and Vladimir Guerrero is the MVP. He only gets a $50,000 bonus. But he can help make up the difference by earning that $25,000 contract bonus of winning a Gold Glove.
* You knew that back in 1955, Major League Baseball was concerned about pace of the game and announced that for the upcoming season, pitchers would be required to deliver the ball 20 seconds after taking a pitching position.
* Washingtonian Magazine just included attorney William Schweitzer to its list of Who’s Who in Washington Sports Business. Who is William Schweitzer? Among other things, he is a lobbyist. He runs Major League Baseball’s political action committee in D.C.