Good morning. Say what you will about Major League Baseball officiating (and lord knows I've said plenty), but at least when they have an asinine to-the-letter issue with a rule, they actively work to fix it. Remember last year when rule interpretations were superseding common sense in regards to out calls on transfer plays early in the season? That was a big story line early last April. It lasted for only a week or two.
In the midst of the season, when they could have just said they'd evaluate it in the offseason, MLB declared that common sense would prevail and the game was better for it. The NFL has known about the dangers of turning their games into a procedural drama, rather than a sport, in regards to the Calvin Johnson Rule since at least 2010 and they've done nothing.
Now an otherwise remarkable playoff game -- and what should have been an all-time classic otherworldly highlight catch -- was ruined on the biggest stage. I know, like last week, the game wasn't decided on one play, and the Cowboys had their chances while also making plenty of mistakes, but the NFL found a way to turn the much-hyped Ice Bowl sequel into the Process Bowl. Why in the world you would want your sport to be like that, I have no idea.
I'm barely even much of a Cowboys fan anymore, and I never really expected them to win yesterday, but seeing what has happened to the NFL makes me sad. NFL football is just not a good product anymore. If you've been able to quit NFL football, I envy you. Thank god we're less than a month and a half from pitchers and catchers.
However, there's really not a whole heck of a lot of baseball or Rangers things out there today. Probably because of stupid dumb football.
If you were wondering why the Rangers unceremoniously non-tendered Alexi Ogando, Nick Cafardo might have your answer here:
He has had so many injuries and his shoulder medicals don’t look great, according to an American League executive.
It was weird last year when Ogando just hit the DL and we never really heard from him or about him other than when he tweeted this:
Para los dos pic.twitter.com/jk7KWfH4ZF
— Alexi ogando (@OgandoAlexi) July 31, 2014
I guess we'll always have the 2011 ALCS.
Drew Silva notes that Josh Wilson has signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers. If Wilson's name sounds familiar it's probably because he was the Opening Day starter for the Rangers at second base in the abortion that was last season. If his name didn't sound familiar it's because he's Josh Wilson.
Evan Grant's on-going series of the Top 15 Texas Rangers prospects lands on potential future closer Keone "Killa" Kela at No. 9.
Lastly, here's Kate Morrison's latest Mailbag on the Rangers' farm wherein we learn that she won't name the feature "Minor League Feedbag" for some reason. >:|
Have a good day.