Rangers Notes: Oliver, Levine, Prospects

C.J. Wilson and the Rangers open this year’s World Series in St. Louis tomorrow night and Nolan Ryan is predicting a Rangers series win in six games. Here’s the latest on the American League champions as we await the first pitch…

  • Rangers left-hander Darren Oliver told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that he would like to play again in 2012. The 41-year-old posted a 2.29 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 51 innings this year, so he'll likely have suitors when he hits free agency in the offseason.
  • As Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post shows, Thad Levine’s father had a major impact on his development as a baseball person. Levine, now the Rangers’ assistant GM, grew up following the Orioles with his father. I interviewed Levine about his development in the game for our series on MLB GM candidates.
  • Bernie Pleskoff of MLB.com takes stock of the Rangers' farm system and says they have more talented players on the way, even after trading prospects to bolster the bullpen this summer. Tanner Scheppers and Neil Ramirez are among the Rangers' intriguing minor league arms.
  • I touched on Wilson and the Rangers’ bullpen in a radio appearance on 1570 The Score in Appleton, WI earlier this afternoon.


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19 Comments on "Rangers Notes: Oliver, Levine, Prospects"


es0terik
3 years 10 months ago

Gonna suck for the AL if the Rangers take this one. The kind of roster they have, if you add a winner’s adrenaline to that, that’s kinda… unforgiving. I don’t see how they can lose though.

Chewtoy123
3 years 10 months ago

Why is it going to suck for the AL if the Rangers win?

es0terik
3 years 10 months ago

What I just said. They already have arguably the best offense in the game, and most teams only become better after winning a World Series. Their ownership becomes more lenient with their wallets, free agents get more attracted to the team, morale and chemistry takes a huge boost. They’ll be a much tougher opponent next year.

Chewtoy123
3 years 10 months ago

Ohh… you meant it’ll suck from their opponents’ perspectives. Gotcha.

NickinIthaca
3 years 10 months ago

While I understand what you are saying, I have to disagree.  If teams tended to get better after winning the world series, we would’ve had more back to back winners than the 0 we’ve had in the last decade. 

I do agree that ownership becomes more lenient and that teams tend to be more competitive, but I wouldn’t say it attracts more Free Agents, and I wouldn’t say they’ll become tougher the next year.  Last year’s Giant’s are a prime example.  Sabian got more leniency to bring in a big name bat this year, and Beltran wasn’t able to carry them into the post season. 

I’m sure that the Rangers winning the World Series will provide some sort of attraction to the team, but I doubt it will be enough to change the lay out of the division for years to come…

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

You’ve obviously never heard of WAWAL (winner’s adrenaline wins above losers).

That’s why every team that wins the World Series always wins the next year, ya know.

es0terik
3 years 10 months ago

Because that’s what I said right? That if they won they were guaranteed to win the World Series next year? I said teams often get BETTER after winning, and if you think the best team always wins the World Series, I’m not surprised you’re making a comment like this anyways.

Oh and if you’re going to sarcastically discount adrenaline, maybe you should discount hot streaks, as that is what they basically are. And if you’re going to discount hot streaks, maybe you should discount the Cardinals from the playoffs too? Tool.

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

You are on here claiming that a team will play with more adrenaline NEXT season if they win the World Series this year, and I’m the tool?  I have no idea how you connect adrenaline and hot streaks together.  Hot streaks are win a team plays well for an extended period, not because they are more pumped up for a game.

This years World Series has zero to do with next season, besides the additional revenue the teams will bring in.  That’s about it.  Tool

es0terik
3 years 10 months ago

Or you can just admit you’re a blatant butthurt homer and you’re annoyed that somebody thinks the Rangers might win the series? How the hell does a world series win not make a team stronger? I don’t even know why I bothered responding to you seeing as how I pointed out why I think what I think above already. Wouldn’t expect someone named ‘stl_cards’ to understand that though. Homerism at its finest.

Oh and it’s also incredibly clear that you had major difficulty in understanding the context in which I used the word adrenaline.

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

What’s clear is you have no idea what you are talking about.  I culd care less who thinks the Rangers will win the series.  I mean they do have that “winners adrenaline” coming off the great ALCS, so who wouldn’t pick them?  It’s going to be a good series, with Texas having a slight edge.

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

You are on here claiming that a team will play with more adrenaline NEXT season if they win the World Series this year, and I’m the tool?  I have no idea how you connect adrenaline and hot streaks together.  Hot streaks are win a team plays well for an extended period, not because they are more pumped up for a game.

This years World Series has zero to do with next season, besides the additional revenue the teams will bring in.  That’s about it.  Tool

Slopeboy
3 years 10 months ago

There’s a reason that they play the games. Just ask the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Phillies, or the Brewers.

es0terik
3 years 10 months ago

Touche.

strikethree
3 years 10 months ago

“I don’t see how they can lose though.”

I thought that last year.

strikethree
3 years 10 months ago

“I don’t see how they can lose though.”

I thought that last year.

3 years 10 months ago

Get your stinking hands off Thadwick.

3 years 10 months ago

Get your stinking hands off Thadwick.

SixAces
3 years 10 months ago

All I can say is.. “Go Cards!!!”

Vmmercan
3 years 10 months ago

I’d take a flyer on Oliver to fill out the Yankees’ bullpen.

Oliver, Logan, Wade, Soriano, Robertson, Rivera with Joba if and when he’s healthy and some farm hands filling out long relief…