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Texas Rangers Do The Right Thing

It is sometimes hard to get past the negativity that surrounds professional athletes and teams. For whatever reason, our culture is one that is more intrigued by negative press than by heartwarming stories. Of course, there is always a place for them, but if you've watched your local nightly newscast recently, you've noticed that these types of stories are always right at the end.

Occasionally, however, a story is just too good to ignore. What the Texas Rangers did in the 33rd round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft qualifies as just that.

Earlier in the draft, with the 37th overall pick, the Rangers selected an outfielder from the University of Georgia, Zach Cone. Cone had long been considered a top-of-the-draft-type talent, and I'm sure the Rangers were thrilled to get him where they did. Thirty-one rounds later, Texas selected Cone's teammate and a fellow outfielder, Johnathan Taylor. Unlike Cone, Taylor will not be expected to ever suit up for a Rangers affiliate.

Sadly, Johnathan Taylor is currently confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down, and his chances of ever walking again are slim. His condition is the result of an outfield collision March 6 with his Georgia, and now Ranger, teammate, Zach Cone.

The Rangers were obviously aware of Taylor's condition before they made him a draft pick. They knew he would never settle under a fly ball in the outfield of The Ballpark in Arlington or hit a home run and round the bases with "Rangers" scrawled across his chest. They did it because it was the right thing to do and because, in the end, it didn't really cost them anything to bring a smile to a young man's face.

"I was pumped up when the Rangers told me they were thinking about drafting J.T., and then I got a call saying that they had drafted him. I was already planning on going over to see him and now we can talk about the Rangers. This made my day, it's just awesome, and I'm so happy for him." -Rangers draft pick Zach Cone

You can't help but applaud the Rangers for this move. And you also can't help but root for Johnathan Taylor, who will surely use this news to jumpstart his rehabilitation. Because, from now on, Johnathan Taylor has a whole new group of people rooting for him. From now on, his rehabilitation will be followed by every baseball fan in the country.

He is, after all, a Texas Ranger now.

It is sometimes hard to get past the negativity that surrounds professional athletes and teams. For whatever reason, our culture is one that is more intrigued by negative press than by heartwarming stories. Of course, there is always a place for them, but if you've watched your local nightly newscast recently, you've noticed that these types of stories are always right at the end.

Occasionally, however, a story is just too good to ignore. What the Texas Rangers did in the 33rd round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft qualifies as just that.

Earlier in the draft, with the 37th overall pick, the Rangers selected an outfielder from the University of Georgia, Zach Cone. Cone had long been considered a top-of-the-draft-type talent, and I'm sure the Rangers were thrilled to get him where they did. Thirty-one rounds later, Texas selected Cone's teammate and a fellow outfielder, Johnathan Taylor. Unlike Cone, Taylor will not be expected to ever suit up for a Rangers affiliate.

Sadly, Johnathan Taylor is currently confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down, and his chances of ever walking again are slim. His condition is the result of an outfield collision March 6 with his Georgia, and now Ranger, teammate, Zach Cone.

The Rangers were obviously aware of Taylor's condition before they made him a draft pick. They knew he would never settle under a fly ball in the outfield of The Ballpark in Arlington or hit a home run and round the bases with "Rangers" scrawled across his chest. They did it because it was the right thing to do and because, in the end, it didn't really cost them anything to bring a smile to a young man's face.

"I was pumped up when the Rangers told me they were thinking about drafting J.T., and then I got a call saying that they had drafted him. I was already planning on going over to see him and now we can talk about the Rangers. This made my day, it's just awesome, and I'm so happy for him." -Rangers draft pick Zach Cone

You can't help but applaud the Rangers for this move. And you also can't help but root for Johnathan Taylor, who will surely use this news to jumpstart his rehabilitation. Because, from now on, Johnathan Taylor has a whole new group of people rooting for him. From now on, his rehabilitation will be followed by every baseball fan in the country.

He is, after all, a Texas Ranger now.