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#1 08/01/19 02:36:12

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a pitch out of the ballpark

ARLINGTON Miguel Gonzalez Jersey , Texas (AP) — The new manager of the Texas Rangers, whomever that may be, will have a talented group of 20-something position players who got a lot of experience during a 95-loss season.After deciding who will replace Jeff Banister, general manager Jon Daniels has to find some starting pitchers.The Rangers also go into the offseason awaiting a final decision from future Hall of Fame third baseman Adrian Beltre on if he has indeed played his last game after 21 seasons in the majors with 3,166 hits and 477 home runs. He hit a team-best .273 with 15 homers and 65 RBIs in 119 games this year. Beltre got huge ovations from fans, teammates and opposing players when taken out midway through games the past two Sundays — in the home finale Sept. 23 and then Sunday in Seattle, where he played five seasons before one year in Boston and the last eight in Texas. His wife and 12-year-old son, who has his own locker next to his dad in the home clubhouse, were in the front row for the season finale.“I don’t know if this is going to be it, but I enjoyed every minute of it … son-jersey ,” said Beltre, who turns 40 next April. He is expected to take a week or more to think things over.Shortstop Elvis Andrus, at 30 the team’s longest-tenured player with 10 seasons in Texas, also has a decision to make. He is halfway through a $120 million, eight-year contract that offers him the opportunity to opt out this offseason, or next, and become a free agent.“I’ll go into the offseason and decide what’s best. I love being here. I want to retire as a Ranger. That’s my motivation,” said Andrus, the only current Rangers player to be part of both of their World Series appearances. “Hopefully the big boy will come back. That will make it a lot easier.”As for the manager, bench coach Don Wakamatsu served in the interim role after Banister was fired with 10 games left and is considered a candidate for the job.The Rangers won the AL West in each of Banister’s first two years (2015-16). They now have consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2005-08 … ada-jersey , though Daniels said that wasn’t necessarily the manager’s fault when the focus switched to the development of younger players.Seven position players 25 or younger played at least 106 games this season.That includes Jurickson Profar, the likely starting third baseman if Beltre retires. Profar, who at age 19 in 2012 homered in his first big-league at-bat before shoulder issues forced him to miss two full seasons, hit .254 with 20 homers and 77 RBIS in 146 games while playing all four infield positions. Joey Gallo, the 24-year-old slugger, had his second 40-homer season in a row.MINOR ACHIEVEMENTWhen Mike Minor signed a three-year contract last offseason, he was coming off a season as a full-time reliever after missing two years because of left shoulder surgery. The 30-year-old lefty went 12-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 28 starts. He was the only pitcher to start and finish the season in the Rangers rotation. His 157 innings more than doubled his 77 2-3 in Kansas City last season.REST OF ROTATIONLefty Cole Hamels was traded in July to the Chicago Cubs, and inconsistent lefty Martin Perez likely won’t be brought back. Bartolo Colon, the 45-year-old right hander who became the winningest pitcher born in Latin America, isn’t coming back. Yovani Gallardo was 8-8 with a 5.77 ERA in 18 starts after rejoining Texas in June Welington Castillo Jersey , right after injured Doug Fister (1-7, 4.50) made his final start.THUMB DOWNNomar Mazara missed a month on the disabled list because a sprained right thumb that still bothered him after returning to the lineup in mid-August. The 23-year-old right-fielder didn’t homer in his last 22 games, and hit 258 overall in 128 games with 20 homers for the third year in a row. He will see hand specialist this week and could have surgery.BALLPARK FAREWELLThe Rangers’ ballpark turns 25 next year, which will be the final season there before moving in 2020 to the new stadium being built across the street. The 2019 farewell season for the current ballpark opens March 28 against the Chicago Cubs — maybe against Hamels or Yu Darvish. While basketball is a much more team-centric sport than baseball, a basketball lineup's success also often hinges heaviest on a singular star. Baseball is much more individualistic on a pitch-by-pitch basis, with the team's success determined by collective players' successes. James can drive repeatedly into the paint by himself to score, but the only way Trout can drive himself in is by smacking a pitch out of the ballpark.By all value metrics, James has been among the best players in the NBA during the last five seasons, but he is by no means head and shoulders above the rest statistically, a claim Trout can make. According to Basketball Reference … ton-jersey , Russell Westbrook places first among his peers since 2013-14, posting a total of 104.8 WAR(approximate value calculated by multiplying VORP by 2.7, per Basketball Reference)in the last five years. James, in comparison, comes in second with 101.8 WAR. The most widely accepted value statistic, player efficiency rating, places James (27.7) third in the last five years, behind Kevin Durant (28.0) and Anthony Davis (27.8).Many of the strong feelings about James' dominance stem from his success in the postseason, which has produced three titles and eight straight trips to the NBA Finals. Trout, on the other hand Joey Votto Jersey , has only played once in the playoffs, getting one hit in a Kansas City Royals sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Trout can only do so much by himself, even if he's disproportionally more impactful on a baseball field than any of his peers.James' greatness is undeniable. From his raw athleticism to his explosiveness to the endless highlight reels, James is a one-of-a-kind athlete. But while he rises above the pack of current basketball stars, he does have contemporaries, most notably Kevin Durant. Trout does not have peers in this current crop of baseball stars, and there should be no doubt about the identity of the best male athlete of this generation. There won't be someone who even comes close, no Pacino to Trout's De Niro.In Trout, we are watching one of the most dominant athletes in sports history.The next step is getting people to care.


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