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Sunday morning Rangers news and links

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So, you want Rangers news on this fine Sunday morning?

Too bad...everyone is watching the Winter Olympics.

Jeff Wilson continues his series in the S-T on Latin America and the Rangers' presence there, with a piece on the hard work that the players at the Rangers' Dominican academy put in.

Mac Engel, meanwhile, has a column in the S-T on various topics, with the opener being a bizarre bit about how Ray Davis and Bob Simpson are acting like Tom Hicks, because the Rangers traded for Prince Fielder, signed Shin-Soo Choo, and sold the naming rights to the stadium, and Tom Hicks signed players to big contracts and sold the naming rights to the stadium.

Its just...I mean, I don't get it. Tom Hicks bought a team, won a division title, slashed payroll, lost a bunch of games, spent money (against the counsel of his g.m.), and lost more games.

Davis and Simpson bought the team, have been hands-off, have let the g.m. do his job, increased payroll, and have seen the team win 90 games or more four straight seasons.

This is on the heels of Engel's "The Curse of Nolan Ryan" column last month, suggesting that bad things will be happening going forward because Ryan is gone.

I'm just baffled. I don't see that you could ask for much more from ownership than what the Rangers have gotten from Davis and Simpson...they write checks and let the baseball guys go about their business. And the baseball side of the Ranger organization is considered one of the best in the game.

And yet, a member of the local media has apparently taken upon himself to sound the alarm, that the Rangers are screwed once again?

I don't get it, unless it is cynical contrarianism in the pursuit of page views.