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31 days until pitchers and catchers report

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31 days until pitchers and catchers report for spring training for the Texas Rangers.

The last player to wear #31 for the Rangers in the majors was Jason Jennings, a remnant of the 2008-09 seasons where you could see that something good was coming for the Rangers, but just wasn't quite here yet.

But no one really wants to think about Jason Jennings.

Instead, we can think about Jerome Williams...the 2014 season was such a disaster that the Rangers ended up signing a guy released by the Astros, and then asked him to make a pair of starts.  Williams actually pitched well in his first start, a late-July win against the A's, but then was shelled in his second and was waived.  The Phillies actually claimed him, and saw him have success, putting up a 2.83 ERA in 9 late season starts, such that Philadelphia re-signed him for the 2015 season.

Hector Noesi was a similar story for Texas, someone else's castoff who was stuck on the pitching staff in the hopes that he could help, only to fail, be waived, and then do well enough with his new team that his new team wanted to bring him back.

That's annoying.  Much like the 2014 season as a whole.