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Good morning.

Evan Grant writes that one of the latest proposals that MLB is considering to resume baseball this season is to have camps of teams set up in Arizona, Florida, and Texas.

The catch for the Rangers, Jeff Wilson writes, is MLB — because there’s nothing MLB can’t overthink — might have the Rangers stationed away from Texas to avoid giving them a “competitive advantage.” So there’s a distinct possibility that the first ever game at The Field won’t even involve the Rangers. Which, admittedly, would be pretty funny as far as gallows humor goes.

Levi Weaver ranks the top ten seasons by third basemen in Rangers franchise history which, as you might imagine, is littered with great years by Adrian Beltre and Buddy Bell.

T.R. Sullivan lists his top five shortstops in Rangers franchise history, a position that used to be a black hole for the club until the turn of the century.

The all-time dream Rangers team (that for some reason didn’t have Yu Darvish on it but did have Rick Helling putting up an infinity ERA) almost reverse-swept the all-time Boston Red Sox but instead fell in Game 7 of a haunted series between two of baseball’s most cursed franchises.

Over at Fangraphs, Dan Szymborski examines what lopping off 50 existing games to each team’s schedule would do for playoff race projections.

Sullivan had the difficult task of coming up with ten Rangers games from the 2018-2019 seasons on MLB.tv that you can watch for free.

With holding drafts apparently the only thing that sports leagues can still do these days, Jared Sandler picks the best first-round draft selections for each of DFW sports teams.

And, finally, imagine a franchise that had Juan Gonzalez and Rafael Palmeiro and then selecting Derek Holland as the representative for “epic facial hair.” Shame on you, MLB dot com.

Be well!