Happy birthday to Randy Velarde, who turns 48 today.
Velarde has a small but meaningful role in the Rangers history...coming into the 2001 season, having signed Alex Rodriguez and expecting to contend for the A.L. West title, the Rangers needed a second baseman. They dealt for Velarde from the Oakland A's, acquiring him in exchange for minor league pitchers Ryan Cullen and Aaron Harang.
Flores and Garcia did little. Harang, of course, went on to be one of the better starting pitchers of the Aughts.