the game with the designated hitter and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m not a huge fan of a game predicated on speed or “station to station” baseball.
I love power …. both on the mound and in the batters box.
Thus, I’m not surprised to find the Texas Rangers priming for their first World Series appearance. They served notice as a legitimate contender, back in early May. The Rangers commenced an ass-kicking of the A.L. West from the start of the season and they’ve never really looked back. Sure, they dealt with typical injuries (especially with known injury-prone players) and the slumps that help define a grueling 162 game schedule.
The Texas Rangers collectively represent the best team in baseball, and that’s the truth. Their path to this six month tournament of sorts has benefited from calculated risks that paid off. And, the team’s best players either performed up to their established standard or exceeded the expected.
I suppose it begins with the American League’s MOST VALUABLE PLAYER …..
Josh Hamilton has delivered a superb season. Heck, it’s a career season for most players ….. and beyond the reality of being the best season, statistically, by an American League player, Josh Hamilton’s contributions have clearly defined what a “Most Valuable Player” means to a team. Without him, the Rangers are not waking up in San Francisco, this morning.
The numbers don’t lie – .359 avg., 32 hr, 40 2b, 100 rbi ….
But, more importantly than Josh Hamilton’s presence in the Texas lineup is the stellar play of his teammates. As usual, the Rangers feature a lineup capable of doing damage from virtually every slot. And, it’s no longer the typical power-laden arsenal with little else to offer. They hit, situationally. They’re aggressive on the bases. They’re patient at the plate.
Of course, it begins with a kid who was obtained in the Mark Teixeira deal …..