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Rangers hire Luis Ortiz as hitting coach, announce return of Jayce Tingler to coaching staff in 2019

Don Wakamatsu and Tony Beasley return to same roles, Hector Ortiz will be first base coach; Steve Buechele appointed Special Assistant, Baseball Operations

The Texas Rangers today announced five members of the club's 2019 major league coaching staff for new manager Chris Woodward:
 
•   Luis Ortiz hired as hitting coach
•   Don Wakamatsu returns as bench coach
•   Jayce Tingler named major league player development field coordinator
•   Tony Beasley returns as third base coach
•   Hector Ortiz returns as first base coach after serving as bullpen coach in 2018
 
Former first base coach Steve Buechele has been appointed Special Assistant, Baseball Operations, a role in which he will assist the department at both the major and minor league levels. The contracts of pitching coach Doug Brocail and assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen were not renewed. The remainder of the Rangers' 2019 coaching staff will be announced in the near future.
 
Luis Ortiz, 48, returns to the Rangers organization as the major league hitting coach. The North Richland Hills resident began his coaching career with various hitting instructor roles in the Texas system from 2008-12. He spent one season as assistant hitting coach with the Dodgers in 2018, where he was on the same staff as Woodward. Ortiz previously had a stint as the Padres field and hitting coordinator (2015-17), and also served as assistant field coordinator and cultural development coordinator in the Cleveland Indians player development system (2013-14). Ortiz's 14-year professional playing career included major league stints with the Red Sox (1993-94) and Rangers (1995-96).
 
Wakamatsu will be in his second season as Rangers bench coach, his second stint on the staff after spending five years with the club as bench coach (2003-06) and third base coach (2007).
 
Tingler, 37, has spent 12 seasons with the Texas organization, including the past two years as Assistant General Manager, fulfilling duties that involved oversight of the club's player development system. He returns to the big league staff, where he served as Field Coordinator and outfield and baserunning coach in 2015-16. Tingler spent eight years as a minor league manager and coach in the Rangers system after joining the club in 2007, including a three-year stint as Minor League Field Coordinator in 2012-14.
 
Beasley and Hector Ortiz are both entering their fifth season on the coaching staff, the longest tenured returnees. Beasley has been third base coach for his entire stint with Texas, which began in 2015. Hector Ortiz returns to a first base coaching role he held from 2015-17 after serving as bullpen coach in 2018.
 
Buechele, a former Rangers player and longtime Metroplex resident, spent four seasons on the major league coaching staff as bench coach and first base coach after six seasons (2009-14) as a manager in the club's farm system. Brocail served as pitching coach for three seasons from 2016-18, and Warthen spent one season as assistant pitching coach.
 
MINOR LEAGUE SIGNINGS: The club has re-signed OF Eliezer Alvarez, INF Christian Lopes, RHP Richelson Pena, and RHP Walker Weickel to minor league contracts…team has also signed free agent C Jett Bandy.
 
WINTER BALL UPDATE: LHP Yohander Méndez (Magallanes) made his Venezuelan Winter League debut in the Navegantes' 3-2 win on Sunday (4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 63 pitches/42 strikes)…RHP Emerson Martinez (Anzoategui) has gone 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA (5 ER/16.2 IP) over 9 relief appearances in the VWL…in the Arizona Fall League, RHP Joe Barlow (Surprise) has compiled a 3.00 ERA (3 ER/9.0 IP) with 10 strikeouts over his last 9 relief outings…Barlow's teammate RHP Demarcus Evans has whiffed 13 of 33 batters faced in his last 7 appearances.

The Texas Rangers today announced five members of the club's 2019 major league coaching staff for new manager Chris Woodward:
 
•   Luis Ortiz hired as hitting coach
•   Don Wakamatsu returns as bench coach
•   Jayce Tingler named major league player development field coordinator
•   Tony Beasley returns as third base coach
•   Hector Ortiz returns as first base coach after serving as bullpen coach in 2018
 
Former first base coach Steve Buechele has been appointed Special Assistant, Baseball Operations, a role in which he will assist the department at both the major and minor league levels. The contracts of pitching coach Doug Brocail and assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen were not renewed. The remainder of the Rangers' 2019 coaching staff will be announced in the near future.
 
Luis Ortiz, 48, returns to the Rangers organization as the major league hitting coach. The North Richland Hills resident began his coaching career with various hitting instructor roles in the Texas system from 2008-12. He spent one season as assistant hitting coach with the Dodgers in 2018, where he was on the same staff as Woodward. Ortiz previously had a stint as the Padres field and hitting coordinator (2015-17), and also served as assistant field coordinator and cultural development coordinator in the Cleveland Indians player development system (2013-14). Ortiz's 14-year professional playing career included major league stints with the Red Sox (1993-94) and Rangers (1995-96).
 
Wakamatsu will be in his second season as Rangers bench coach, his second stint on the staff after spending five years with the club as bench coach (2003-06) and third base coach (2007).
 
Tingler, 37, has spent 12 seasons with the Texas organization, including the past two years as Assistant General Manager, fulfilling duties that involved oversight of the club's player development system. He returns to the big league staff, where he served as Field Coordinator and outfield and baserunning coach in 2015-16. Tingler spent eight years as a minor league manager and coach in the Rangers system after joining the club in 2007, including a three-year stint as Minor League Field Coordinator in 2012-14.
 
Beasley and Hector Ortiz are both entering their fifth season on the coaching staff, the longest tenured returnees. Beasley has been third base coach for his entire stint with Texas, which began in 2015. Hector Ortiz returns to a first base coaching role he held from 2015-17 after serving as bullpen coach in 2018.
 
Buechele, a former Rangers player and longtime Metroplex resident, spent four seasons on the major league coaching staff as bench coach and first base coach after six seasons (2009-14) as a manager in the club's farm system. Brocail served as pitching coach for three seasons from 2016-18, and Warthen spent one season as assistant pitching coach.
 
MINOR LEAGUE SIGNINGS: The club has re-signed OF Eliezer Alvarez, INF Christian Lopes, RHP Richelson Pena, and RHP Walker Weickel to minor league contracts…team has also signed free agent C Jett Bandy.
 
WINTER BALL UPDATE: LHP Yohander Méndez (Magallanes) made his Venezuelan Winter League debut in the Navegantes' 3-2 win on Sunday (4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 63 pitches/42 strikes)…RHP Emerson Martinez (Anzoategui) has gone 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA (5 ER/16.2 IP) over 9 relief appearances in the VWL…in the Arizona Fall League, RHP Joe Barlow (Surprise) has compiled a 3.00 ERA (3 ER/9.0 IP) with 10 strikeouts over his last 9 relief outings…Barlow's teammate RHP Demarcus Evans has whiffed 13 of 33 batters faced in his last 7 appearances.

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Down East Wood Ducks general manager Wade Howell promoted to vice president with oversight of Hickory Crawdads

Janell Bullock and Jon Clemmons promoted to assistant general managers at Down East

The Texas Rangers today announced that Down East Wood Ducks General Manager Wade Howell has been promoted to Vice President. While continuing to supervise all operations of Texas' High-A franchise in Kinston, North Carolina, Howell will add oversight responsibilities for the Low-A Hickory (NC) Crawdads in his new role.
 
In addition, it was announced that Director of Operations Janell Bullock and Director of Sales Jon Clemmons have been promoted to Assistant General Managers at Down East.
 
Howell was appointed as General Manager of the Rangers' new Carolina League franchise in September 2016 and successfully oversaw all aspects of the Wood Ducks' business, stadium, and administrative preparations for their inaugural 2017 season. He spent the previous five years with the Texas Rangers major league club as Senior Director of Media Sales and has over 22 years of professional and intercollegiate sports experience. 
 
Bullock, who joined the Wood Ducks in September 2016, was previously the Assistant General Manager for the Kinston Indians from 2008-11, She was the Merchandise Manager for the Carolina Mudcats from 2014-16 after two seasons in the same capacity with the Pacific Coast League's Nashville Sounds. 
 
Appointed as Down East's Director of Sales in September 2016, Clemmons spent the previous six seasons with the South Atlantic League's Asheville Tourists, serving as Assistant General Manager the last three years. 
 
General Manager Mark Seaman will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations at Hickory of the South Atlantic League. The Texas Rangers are majority owners of both the Down East and Hickory franchises.

The Texas Rangers today announced that Down East Wood Ducks General Manager Wade Howell has been promoted to Vice President. While continuing to supervise all operations of Texas' High-A franchise in Kinston, North Carolina, Howell will add oversight responsibilities for the Low-A Hickory (NC) Crawdads in his new role.
 
In addition, it was announced that Director of Operations Janell Bullock and Director of Sales Jon Clemmons have been promoted to Assistant General Managers at Down East.
 
Howell was appointed as General Manager of the Rangers' new Carolina League franchise in September 2016 and successfully oversaw all aspects of the Wood Ducks' business, stadium, and administrative preparations for their inaugural 2017 season. He spent the previous five years with the Texas Rangers major league club as Senior Director of Media Sales and has over 22 years of professional and intercollegiate sports experience. 
 
Bullock, who joined the Wood Ducks in September 2016, was previously the Assistant General Manager for the Kinston Indians from 2008-11, She was the Merchandise Manager for the Carolina Mudcats from 2014-16 after two seasons in the same capacity with the Pacific Coast League's Nashville Sounds. 
 
Appointed as Down East's Director of Sales in September 2016, Clemmons spent the previous six seasons with the South Atlantic League's Asheville Tourists, serving as Assistant General Manager the last three years. 
 
General Manager Mark Seaman will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations at Hickory of the South Atlantic League. The Texas Rangers are majority owners of both the Down East and Hickory franchises.

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Rangers Youth Academy Notebook: Academy participant Kylie Cox dreaming of College Softball; Willie Calhoun to appear at clinic

Kylie Cox's passion for softball is contagious.

It comes through when the 16 year old is describing why shortstop is her favorite position.

Kylie Cox's passion for softball is contagious.

It comes through when the 16 year old is describing why shortstop is her favorite position.

 "Being able to turn double plays, to me, is the most action in the game. If you can turn a double play, you can do anything," Cox said.

It comes through when she's talking about how Texas Rangers Youth Academy Director of Baseball and Softball Programs Juan Leonel Garciga, who also coaches Cox at the Academy, tells her she's a homerun hitter.

"I've never hit an actual homerun before, but I'm a very powerful hitter. I'm just really impatient," Cox said. "My biggest weakness I would say is patience. I know it about myself but I'm trying to work on it…But just seeing it fly is just the best feeling ever. And just knowing that you have all that time to run. You can just feel it. I love it so much. I really do."

And it comes through when the junior at W.W. Samuel High School talks about how much she and her teammates have been able to improve, thanks to the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota.

"While we may not have the good training and all the opportunities and resources at our high school, we come here and we have everything right in front of us. There's no excuses why we can't excel. That's been great. Without this, I feel like a bunch of, especially my team, the girls wouldn't be where they're at today," Cox said.

Cox is looking at softball as a possible route to a college scholarship. She dreams of playing for the Oklahoma Sooners or Florida Gators and studying psychology or sociology, eventually going into law enforcement.

And she's fueling her dreams with help from the Academy, where she plays in the summer and fall RBI leagues and attends as many camps and clinics as possible.

"As far as getting scholarships to college, that's on me," Cox said. "I have to make sure that I'm doing what I have to do, coming out here and working hard every day. Making sure my grades are right."

Cox doesn't take that responsibility lightly. As a high school junior, she faces a rapidly approaching deadline, having just joined the Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) college sports recruiting platform, also thanks in part to assistance from Academy staff.

It's all moving very quickly for someone who had never even tried softball until eighth grade. A recent conversation with her NCSA recruiting coach highlighted the shortened timeline for her, pointing out that some high school freshmen are already looking at scholarship offers.

 "I know I'm not on that level because I haven't been playing since I was 6, but that only makes me want to work harder," Cox said. "My goal would be to get better as many ways as I can, to just get out there in front of somebody, get in somewhere."

Cox credits the Academy and staff with putting her on the path to pursue a softball scholarship.

"It's unbelievable, all the opportunities it's opened for me. Honestly, when I started out, I didn't think I was going to get anywhere," Cox said. "I really just thought I was going to finish high school and get in through a different way to college. But coming here and seeing everything that they offer, it's given me a whole different mindset."

Calhoun to Appear at Clinic Tomorrow 

Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun is expected to make an appearance during The Buck O'Neil Scouts Association Clinic at the Academy tomorrow, Saturday, November 10. The clinic will run from 8:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Oates Field.

Founded in honor of the late legendary player and scout Buck O'Neil, the Buck O'Neil Professional Baseball Scouts & Coaches Association was created to provide a forum for scouts and coaches to share their passion for the game. O'Neil was the first African American to coach in the Major Leagues and one of the first to scout fulltime.

The clinic aims to promote baseball in inner-cities by educating coaches and mentoring players. Registration is still available at rangers.com/academy for players ages 13 through 18.

More Clinics Saturday

Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp will also take place at the Academy tomorrow, Saturday, November 10, from 10: a.m. through 4:00 p.m.  

This marks the seventh annual Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp, hosted by Mercy Street.

Dallas native Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen founded Kershaw's Challenge in 2011 and have since given over six millions dollars to support at-risk children and families around the globe. The foundation contributed generously to the building of the Academy facility, which includes Kershaw's Challenge Field named in his honor.

Fall Programming Enters Final Week

Athletes hoping to participate in Youth Academy Fall Training Program have just three more nights to be part of the fun, as next week will mark the final week of the programming.

The free camp occurs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. through November 15. Registration is available for baseball and softball players ages 7 through 18 at www.rangers.com/academy.

Through seven weeks of the Youth Academy Fall Training program, 1,126 baseball and softball players have taken part in the activities.

Fall RBI Winding Down

The fall season of RBI baseball and softball is winding down at the Academy, with the final games scheduled for November 17.

An updated schedule for the eight baseball and four softball teams playing at the Academy is below.

Scheduling is subject to change, and updates will be posted via the @RangersYA twitter account.

ACADEMY RBI FALL SCHEDULE
Nov. 9: A's at Mercy Street, Josh Hamilton Field (softball), 7 p.m.
Nov. 9: Tigers at Rangers, Kershaw's Challenge Field (softball), 7 p.m.
Nov. 10: Rangers at Mercy Street, Oates Field (baseball) 2 p.m.
Nov. 10: Leopards at Jaguars, Oates Field (baseball), 4 p.m.
Nov. 10: Mustangs at Vikings, Oates Field (baseball), 6 p.m.
Nov. 10: Hard Hitters at Lancaster, Oates Field (baseball), 8 p.m.
Nov. 17: Mustangs at Jaguars, Oates Field (baseball), 9 a.m.
Nov. 17: Rangers at Vikings, Field of Dreams (baseball), 9 a.m.
Nov. 17: Leopards at Lancaster, Oates Field (baseball), 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 17: Hard Hitters at Mercy Street, Field of Dreams (baseball), 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 17: Hard Hitters at Mercy Street, Josh Hamilton Field (softball), 9 a.m.
Nov. 17: Rangers at A's, Josh Hamilton Field (softball), 11 a.m.

Also Taking the Field

The Academy is also home field for Mercy Street Little League. The fall campaign is drawing to a close, with Saturday November 17 the last day of the season. 

West Dallas Little League partners with the Little League Urban initiative to facilitate baseball and softball for participants ages four through 12.

Registration is available at https://www.mercystreetdallas.org/baseball/

Coming Soon

West Dallas Youth College Prep Night: Friday, November 16, 5:00-8:00p.m. 

The Mobile Go Center (MGC) will roll into the Academy to help the class of 2019 fill out their FAFSA/TASFA and Apply Texas forms.

Part of Texas Woman's University's Go Program, the MGC provides college-going resources to high school students and their families with the goal of increasing the number of Texas students enrolling in higher education. An extension of the College for All Texans Campaign, the MGC is equipped with laptops, high-speed internet and access to digital resources and publications.

Registration for the free event is available now at https://texasrangersya.leagueapps.com/classes/858949-west-dallas-youth-college-prep.

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Game times announced for Texas Rangers 2019 Spring Training schedule

Club hosts Cleveland Indians at Globe Life Park in Arlington, March 25 and 26; Team opens Cactus League play on Saturday, February 23

The Texas Rangers today announced the game times for the team's 2019 spring training schedule, which was originally released in August.
 
The club is scheduled to play 35 spring training games in 2019, including 33 Cactus League contests. The schedule includes a pair of exhibition games with the Cleveland Indians at Globe Life Park in Arlington to close the spring schedule on Monday, March 25 at 7:05 p.m. CT and Tuesday, March 26 at 1:05 p.m. CT. It will mark the fifth straight season that the club has hosted exhibition games versus a major league team in Arlington to close the spring training slate. Ticket information will be announced at a later date for those games.
 
Texas' 33-game Arizona schedule features 18 contests at Surprise Stadium/Billy Parker Field. The Rangers will be the home team for 16 of those games and will be the visiting club for two contests against the Royals, who share the Surprise complex with Texas. Those two teams will play four times overall in Surprise in 2019, the Cactus League opener on Saturday, February 23 (Royals home game) at 1:05 p.m. MT; the Surprise Sundancers Charity Game on Monday, March 11 (Rangers home game) at 7:05 p.m. MT; Thursday, March 14 (Royals home game) at 1:05 p.m. MT; and Sunday, March 24 (Rangers home game) at 12:05 p.m. MT.
 
All other Rangers' home games at Surprise Stadium will start at 1:05 p.m. MT except for Sunday, February 24 vs. Milwaukee (2:05 p.m. MT); Monday, March 19 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers (7:05 p.m. MT); and Saturday, March 23 vs. Milwaukee (12:05 p.m. MT).
 
Online tickets sales for season tickets, mini plans, and specialty ticket packages are available for purchase at SurpriseSpringTraining.com. Online sales for individual game tickets begin Saturday, November 17 and will be available at texasrangers.com. The Surprise Stadium Box Office will open for walk-up sales beginning Saturday, January 5. More information is available by calling 623-222-2222.
 
2019 individual ticket prices for Texas Rangers spring training home games are attached.
 
The complete 2019 spring training schedule with times is also attached. 

The Texas Rangers today announced the game times for the team's 2019 spring training schedule, which was originally released in August.
 
The club is scheduled to play 35 spring training games in 2019, including 33 Cactus League contests. The schedule includes a pair of exhibition games with the Cleveland Indians at Globe Life Park in Arlington to close the spring schedule on Monday, March 25 at 7:05 p.m. CT and Tuesday, March 26 at 1:05 p.m. CT. It will mark the fifth straight season that the club has hosted exhibition games versus a major league team in Arlington to close the spring training slate. Ticket information will be announced at a later date for those games.
 
Texas' 33-game Arizona schedule features 18 contests at Surprise Stadium/Billy Parker Field. The Rangers will be the home team for 16 of those games and will be the visiting club for two contests against the Royals, who share the Surprise complex with Texas. Those two teams will play four times overall in Surprise in 2019, the Cactus League opener on Saturday, February 23 (Royals home game) at 1:05 p.m. MT; the Surprise Sundancers Charity Game on Monday, March 11 (Rangers home game) at 7:05 p.m. MT; Thursday, March 14 (Royals home game) at 1:05 p.m. MT; and Sunday, March 24 (Rangers home game) at 12:05 p.m. MT.
 
All other Rangers' home games at Surprise Stadium will start at 1:05 p.m. MT except for Sunday, February 24 vs. Milwaukee (2:05 p.m. MT); Monday, March 19 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers (7:05 p.m. MT); and Saturday, March 23 vs. Milwaukee (12:05 p.m. MT).
 
Online tickets sales for season tickets, mini plans, and specialty ticket packages are available for purchase at SurpriseSpringTraining.com. Online sales for individual game tickets begin Saturday, November 17 and will be available at texasrangers.com. The Surprise Stadium Box Office will open for walk-up sales beginning Saturday, January 5. More information is available by calling 623-222-2222.
 
2019 individual ticket prices for Texas Rangers spring training home games are attached.
 
The complete 2019 spring training schedule with times is also attached. 

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Rangers unveil logo to commemorate final season at Globe Life Park in Arlington

Logo to be utilized on team jersey patch and baseball for all home games in 2019

Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers today unveiled a special logo to commemorate the team's final season at Globe Life Park in Arlington in 2019.

The logo, which incorporates the exterior façade of Globe Life Park, will be worn as a patch on the right sleeve of both the team's white and red home jerseys next season. It will also be printed on the official baseball that is used for all regular season home games in 2019. There are two versions of the final season logo, one with the banner FINAL SEASON and one with the banner GLOBE LIFE PARK IN ARLINGTON.

Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers today unveiled a special logo to commemorate the team's final season at Globe Life Park in Arlington in 2019.

The logo, which incorporates the exterior façade of Globe Life Park, will be worn as a patch on the right sleeve of both the team's white and red home jerseys next season. It will also be printed on the official baseball that is used for all regular season home games in 2019. There are two versions of the final season logo, one with the banner FINAL SEASON and one with the banner GLOBE LIFE PARK IN ARLINGTON.

Globe Life Park in Arlington opened as The Ballpark in Arlington in April 1994 and has been the site of 2000 regular season games and 25 postseason contests through the end of 2018. More than 64,000,000 fans have attended games in the park during this span. The Rangers will begin play at Globe Life Field, which is currently under construction, in March 2020.

The Rangers are planning a number of special promotions and activities to commemorate the final season of Globe Life Park. This will include a series of ten Bobblehead giveaways which recognize historic individual and team accomplishments in the park. The team is also planning to celebrate the final regular season series at Globe Life Park, September 27-29 with the New York Yankees with three days of events. More information will be announced as it is finalized.

Beginning today, fans can go to texasrangers.com/finalseason final season content and information. The team has created the hashtag #FarewellGLP that will be utilized for all of the club's social media applications pertaining to the last season in Globe Life Park.

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Chris Woodward introduced as Texas Rangers manager

Becomes 19th full-time manager in club history

The Texas Rangers today introduced Chris Woodward as the club's new manager at a press conference at Globe Life Park in Arlington. 
 
Woodward, who received a three-year contract plus a club option for the 2022 season, was appointed as the 19th full-time manager in club history on Saturday.  
 
"We are excited to welcome Chris Woodward and his family to the Texas Rangers," said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "Chris brings high energy, outstanding leadership and communication skills, a strong knowledge of the game and its evolving strategies, and great integrity-attributes that we feel are vital for our next manager. We believe these traits will resonate with our players, our staff, and our fans. He has also been a big part of a very successful stretch in Los Angeles. 
 
"We interviewed a number of strong candidates during an extensive interview process for our managerial role and believe we have found the right fit in Chris Woodward. We look forward to working with him and everyone on the baseball staff to develop and grow a culture that will lead to success for many years to come."   
 
The 42-year-old Woodward has spent the last three seasons as third base and infield coach on Dave Roberts' staff with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that span, the Dodgers have a .589 (287-200) regular season winning percentage while capturing the N.L. West Division title all three seasons and advancing to the World Series in 2017 and 2018. 
 
Prior to joining the Dodgers, Woodward was the first base and infield coach for the Seattle Mariners in 2014-15. He began his coaching career as Seattle's minor league infield coordinator in 2013 and was promoted to the Major League staff late in that season. He started 2014 as Seattle's infield coach before assuming first base coaching duties early in the season. 
 
Woodward managed New Zealand in the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualification tournament in Australia in 2016 with a 1-2 record. He was a coach for the New Zealand squad in the 2013 WBC qualification.
 
The former infielder spent all or parts of 12 seasons in the Majors with Toronto (1999-2004; 2011); New York Mets (2005-06); Atlanta (2007); Seattle (2009-10), and Boston (2009), hitting .239 with 33 homers and 191 RBI in 659 games. Making his Major League debut on June 7, 1999, he spent much of the 2002-04 seasons as Toronto's starting shortstop, hitting three home runs on August 7, 2002 vs. Seattle. The right-handed batter hit .276 with 13 homers and 45 RBI with the Blue Jays in 2002 and .261 in a career best 104 games the following season. He split time between the Majors and Minors from 2009-11 and concluded his pro career with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2012.  
 
Woodward's 639 ML games are the most for a Texas manager since Toby Harrah in 1992 and the seventh most all-time: 2292 -- Ted Williams; 2155 -- Harrah; 1465 -- Doug Rader; 1259 -- Eddie Stanky; 1095 -- Don Zimmer; 1021 -- Billy Martin.
 
Woodward, who played every position except pitcher and catcher in his pro career, was selected by Toronto in the 54th round of the 1994 MLB Draft. He starred in baseball at Northview High School in Covina, CA and then played one season at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. Woodward earned a Bachelor's Degree in business management from the University of Phoenix in 2012.
 
Born in Covina, CA, Woodward now lives in Chandler, AZ with his wife Erin and three children, Sophie, Mason, and Grady. 

The Texas Rangers today introduced Chris Woodward as the club's new manager at a press conference at Globe Life Park in Arlington. 
 
Woodward, who received a three-year contract plus a club option for the 2022 season, was appointed as the 19th full-time manager in club history on Saturday.  
 
"We are excited to welcome Chris Woodward and his family to the Texas Rangers," said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "Chris brings high energy, outstanding leadership and communication skills, a strong knowledge of the game and its evolving strategies, and great integrity-attributes that we feel are vital for our next manager. We believe these traits will resonate with our players, our staff, and our fans. He has also been a big part of a very successful stretch in Los Angeles. 
 
"We interviewed a number of strong candidates during an extensive interview process for our managerial role and believe we have found the right fit in Chris Woodward. We look forward to working with him and everyone on the baseball staff to develop and grow a culture that will lead to success for many years to come."   
 
The 42-year-old Woodward has spent the last three seasons as third base and infield coach on Dave Roberts' staff with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that span, the Dodgers have a .589 (287-200) regular season winning percentage while capturing the N.L. West Division title all three seasons and advancing to the World Series in 2017 and 2018. 
 
Prior to joining the Dodgers, Woodward was the first base and infield coach for the Seattle Mariners in 2014-15. He began his coaching career as Seattle's minor league infield coordinator in 2013 and was promoted to the Major League staff late in that season. He started 2014 as Seattle's infield coach before assuming first base coaching duties early in the season. 
 
Woodward managed New Zealand in the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualification tournament in Australia in 2016 with a 1-2 record. He was a coach for the New Zealand squad in the 2013 WBC qualification.
 
The former infielder spent all or parts of 12 seasons in the Majors with Toronto (1999-2004; 2011); New York Mets (2005-06); Atlanta (2007); Seattle (2009-10), and Boston (2009), hitting .239 with 33 homers and 191 RBI in 659 games. Making his Major League debut on June 7, 1999, he spent much of the 2002-04 seasons as Toronto's starting shortstop, hitting three home runs on August 7, 2002 vs. Seattle. The right-handed batter hit .276 with 13 homers and 45 RBI with the Blue Jays in 2002 and .261 in a career best 104 games the following season. He split time between the Majors and Minors from 2009-11 and concluded his pro career with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2012.  
 
Woodward's 639 ML games are the most for a Texas manager since Toby Harrah in 1992 and the seventh most all-time: 2292 -- Ted Williams; 2155 -- Harrah; 1465 -- Doug Rader; 1259 -- Eddie Stanky; 1095 -- Don Zimmer; 1021 -- Billy Martin.
 
Woodward, who played every position except pitcher and catcher in his pro career, was selected by Toronto in the 54th round of the 1994 MLB Draft. He starred in baseball at Northview High School in Covina, CA and then played one season at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. Woodward earned a Bachelor's Degree in business management from the University of Phoenix in 2012.
 
Born in Covina, CA, Woodward now lives in Chandler, AZ with his wife Erin and three children, Sophie, Mason, and Grady. 

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Chris Woodward named Texas Rangers manager

Woodward will be officially introduced at press conference on Monday at 10:00 a.m.; becomes 19th full-time manager in club history

The Texas Rangers officially announced Saturday that the club has hired Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward as the club's new manager.

Woodward, who received a three-year contract plus a club option for the 2022 season, becomes the 19th full-time manager in club history.

The Texas Rangers officially announced Saturday that the club has hired Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward as the club's new manager.

Woodward, who received a three-year contract plus a club option for the 2022 season, becomes the 19th full-time manager in club history.

"We are excited to welcome Chris Woodward and his family to the Texas Rangers," said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "Chris brings high energy, outstanding leadership and communication skills, a strong knowledge of the game and its evolving strategies, and great integrity-attributes that we feel are vital for our next manager. We believe these traits will resonate with our players, our staff, and our fans. He has also been a big part of a very successful stretch in Los Angeles.

"We interviewed a number of strong candidates during an extensive interview process for our managerial role and believe we have found the right fit in Chris Woodward. We look forward to working with him and everyone on the baseball staff to develop and grow a culture that will lead to success for many years to come."   

The 42-year-old Woodward has spent the last three seasons as third base and infield coach on Dave Roberts' staff with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that span, the Dodgers have a .589 (287-200) regular season winning percentage while capturing the N.L. West Division title all three seasons and advancing to the World Series in 2017 and 2018.

Prior to joining the Dodgers, Woodward was the first base and infield coach for the Seattle Mariners in 2014-15. He began his coaching career as Seattle's minor league infield coordinator in 2013 and was promoted to the Major League staff late in that season. He started 2014 as Seattle's infield coach before assuming first base coaching duties early in the season.

Woodward managed New Zealand in the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualification tournament in Australia in 2016 with a 1-2 record. He was a coach for the New Zealand squad in the 2013 WBC qualification.

The former infielder spent all or parts of 12 seasons in the Majors with Toronto (1999-2004; 2011); New York Mets (2005-06); Atlanta (2007); Seattle (2009-10), and Boston (2009), hitting .239 with 33 homers and 191 RBI in 659 games. Making his Major League debut on June 7, 1999, he spent much of the 2002-04 seasons as Toronto's starting shortstop, hitting three home runs on August 7, 2002 vs. Seattle. The right-handed batter hit .276 with 13 homers and 45 RBI with the Blue Jays in 2002 and .261 in a career best 104 games the following season. He split time between the Majors and Minors from 2009-11 and concluded his pro career with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2012. 

Woodward, who played every position except pitcher and catcher in his pro career, was selected by Toronto in the 54th round of the 1994 MLB Draft. He starred in baseball at Northview High School in Covina, CA and then played one season at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. Woodward earned a Bachelor's Degree in business management from the University of Phoenix in 2012.

Born in Covina, CA, Woodward now lives in Chandler, AZ with his wife Erin and three children, Sophie, Mason, and Grady.

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Rangers Youth Academy Notebook: Miguel Perez Torres on World Series experience: "The Best Weekend of my Life"

Being named the Youth of the Year for the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota, on October 2 was just the start of the journey for Miguel Perez Torres.

On Saturday, October 26, Torres and nine other members of MLB Youth Academies from around the country were recognized during pre-game ceremonies for Game Four of the World Series at Dodger Stadium.

Being named the Youth of the Year for the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota, on October 2 was just the start of the journey for Miguel Perez Torres.

On Saturday, October 26, Torres and nine other members of MLB Youth Academies from around the country were recognized during pre-game ceremonies for Game Four of the World Series at Dodger Stadium.

Prior to the game, Torres and fellow Youths of the Year served as event clinicians in a PLAY BALL event for more than 350 kids hosted by Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.

"Saturday was probably one of the best days of my life," Torres said. "First we went to the PLAY BALL event and we were helping out kids and we threw some Wiffle balls to the smaller kids. That was pretty fun. It was interesting. I liked how we could show them what to do and what they could improve on."

Each Academy named a Youth of the Year to recognize a participant who has had a positive year on and off the field, overcome challenges in their lives, or made a positive impact in their community. A trip to Game Four, courtesy of MLB, was part of the reward.

"One special friend was from Puerto Rico, Daniel. We had a deep conversation about baseball and what were our plans for the future. The saddest part was leaving," Torres said.

Costumed Campers

Halloween came early to the Academy, with participants in the Youth Academy Fall Training Program wearing costumes and playing a game of kickball on Oates Field for a special night of camp on Tuesday, October 30.

Through the first six weeks of the Youth Academy Fall Training program, 1,029 baseball and softball players have taken part in the activities.

The free programming occurs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. through November 15. Registration is available for baseball and softball players ages 7 through 18 at www.rangers.com/academy.

Fall RBI

The fall season of RBI baseball and softball is underway at the Academy, with games being played on Saturdays through November 17.

An updated schedule for the eight baseball and four softball teams playing at the Academy is below.

Scheduling is subject to change, and updates will be posted via the @RangersYA twitter account.

ACADEMY RBI FALL SCHEDULE

DATE

TIME

HOME TEAM

AWAY TEAM

FIELD

 

3-Nov

9:00 AM

Hard Hitters

Leopards

Oates Field

baseball

3-Nov

9:00 AM

Vikings

Jaguars

Field of Dreams

baseball

3-Nov

11:30 AM

Mustangs

Mercy Street

Field of Dreams

baseball

3-Nov

11:30 AM

Rangers

Lancaster

Oates Field

baseball

3-Nov

9:00 AM

Rangers

Mercy Street

Josh Hamilton Field

softball

3-Nov

11:00 AM

A's

Tigers

Josh Hamilton Field

softball

9-Nov

7:00 PM

Mercy Street

A's

Josh Hamilton Field

softball

9-Nov

7:00 PM

Rangers

Tigers

Kershaw's Challenge Field

softball

10-Nov

2:00 PM

Mercy Street

Rangers

Oates Field

baseball

10-Nov

4:00 PM

Jaguars

Leopards

Oates Field

baseball

10-Nov

6:00 PM

Vikings

Mustangs

Oates Field

baseball

10-Nov

8:00 PM

Lancaster

Hard Hitters

Oates Field

baseball

17-Nov

9:00 AM

Jaguars

Mustangs

Oates Field

baseball

17-Nov

9:00 AM

Vikings

Rangers

Field of Dreams

baseball

17-Nov

11:30 AM

Lancaster

Leopards

Oates Field

baseball

17-Nov

11:30 AM

Mercy Street

Hard Hitters

Field of Dreams

baseball

17-Nov

9:00 AM

Tigers

Mercy Street

Josh Hamilton Field

softball

17-Nov

11:00 AM

A's

Rangers

Josh Hamilton Field

softball

 Also Taking the Field

The Academy is also home field for Mercy Street Little League. The fall season began Friday, September 28.

West Dallas Little League partners with the Little League Urban initiative to facilitate baseball and softball for participants ages four through 12.

Registration is available at https://www.mercystreetdallas.org/baseball/

 

Coming Soon

The Buck O'Neil Scouts Association Clinic: Saturday, November 10

The clinic aims to promote baseball in inner-cities by educating coaches and mentoring players.

Founded in honor of the late legendary player and scout Buck O'Neil, the Buck O'Neil Professional Baseball Scouts & Coaches Association was created to provide a forum for scouts and coaches to share their passion for the game. O'Neil was the first African American to coach in the Major Leagues and one of the first to scout fulltime.

Registration is available at rangers.com/academy for players ages 14 through 18.

 

Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp: Saturday, November 10 

This will mark the seventh annual Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp, hosted by Mercy Street.

Dallas native Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen founded Kershaw's Challenge in 2011 and have since given over six millions dollars to support at-risk children and families around the globe. The foundation contributed generously to the building of the Academy facility, which includes Kershaw's Challenge Field named in his honor.

 

West Dallas Youth College Prep Night: Friday, November 16, 5:00-8:00p.m. 

The Mobile Go Center (MGC) will roll into the Academy to help the class of 2019 fill out their FAFSA/TASFA and Apply Texas forms.

Part of Texas Woman's University's Go Program, the MGC provides college-going resources to high school students and their families with the goal of increasing the number of Texas students enrolling in higher education. An extension of the College for All Texans Campaign, the MGC is equipped with laptops, high-speed internet and access to digital resources and publications. 

Registration for the free event is available now at https://texasrangersya.leagueapps.com/classes/858949-west-dallas-youth-college-prep

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Rangers activate five players from 60-day disabled list; decline 2019 contract options on C Robinson Chirinos, RHP Doug Fister, LHP Matt Moore and LHP Martin Pérez

The Texas Rangers announced the following transactions on Friday:

·         Activated the following players from the 60-day disabled list: RHP Clayton Blackburn, RHP Matt Bush, RHP Doug Fister, RHP Nick Gardewine and RHP Ronald Herrera

The Texas Rangers announced the following transactions on Friday:

·         Activated the following players from the 60-day disabled list: RHP Clayton Blackburn, RHP Matt Bush, RHP Doug Fister, RHP Nick Gardewine and RHP Ronald Herrera

·         Team will not exercise 2019 contract options on the following players: C Robinson Chirinos, RHP Doug Fister, LHP Matt Moore and LHP Martin Pérez

·         INF Hanser Alberto sent to New York Yankees on waiver claim

·         Assigned the following players outright to Triple-A Nashville, and all are expected to decline the outright assignment and elect free agency: RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx, RHP Clayton Blackburn, LHP Brandon Mann, C Carlos Pérez and OF Ryan Rua

With today's transactions, the following players are no longer on the 40-man roster: Alberto, Bibens-Dirkx, Blackburn, Chirinos, Fister, Moore, Mann, Carlos Pérez, Martin Pérez, and Rua. After the club's acquisition of left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly in a trade with the Chicago Cubs earlier today, the Rangers now have 33 players on the club's major league roster.

Alberto returned to majors for first time since 2016 and saw three stints with Texas. Bibens-Dirkx had four stints with the Rangers this year and underwent season-ending surgery on September 19 performed by Dr. Keith Meister to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. Blackburn spent the year on the 60-day disabled list following 'Tommy John' ligament replacement surgery in April. Bush's last outing came on June 13 at Los Angeles-NL, and he had surgery on September 19 performed by Dr. Keith Meister to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Bush is expected to be ready in the second half of 2019.

Chirinos ranks fourth in Rangers history in games caught (419) and he set career highs in games (113), home runs (18), and RBI (65) in 2018. Fister was on the disabled list from June 9 through the end of the season with a right knee strain. Gardewine had three stints with the Rangers, with the final stint comprised strictly of a stay on the 60-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Herrera was on the 60-day disabled list for the entire season, and underwent surgery on June 11 to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm.

Mann made 7 relief appearances in first career big league action spanning four stints with Texas in 2018. Moore ranked among staff leaders in strikeouts (3rd, 86), innings (4th, 102.0), and games (5th, 39) in his lone season with the Rangers. Carlos Pérez had two stints with Texas after playing for the Atlanta Braves at the start of the campaign. Martin Pérez missed 2 1/2 months due to issues stemming from an offseason injury to his right (non-throwing) elbow. He was originally signed by the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2007. Rua was on the team's Opening Day roster for a fourth straight year, and he has spent his entire career in the Texas organization since being selected in the 17th round of the 2011 June draft.

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Texas Rangers hire Matt Blood as Director of Player Development; Paul Kruger promoted to Director of Minor League Operations

The Texas Rangers announced Friday the appointment of Matt Blood as Director of Player Development. In addition, the club announced that Paul Kruger has been promoted to Director of Minor League Operations.

Blood, 33, joins the Texas organization from USA Baseball, where he has served for the last three years as Director of the 18 and Under National Team Program. Prior to that, he spent seven years as an area scout for the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Texas Rangers announced Friday the appointment of Matt Blood as Director of Player Development. In addition, the club announced that Paul Kruger has been promoted to Director of Minor League Operations.

Blood, 33, joins the Texas organization from USA Baseball, where he has served for the last three years as Director of the 18 and Under National Team Program. Prior to that, he spent seven years as an area scout for the St. Louis Cardinals.

"Matt Blood will be an excellent addition the Rangers organization," said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "He has extensive experience in coaching and player evaluation that will be a big asset as he oversees our player development operation.

"Paul Kruger's promotion to Director of Minor League Operations is well-deserved as his efforts on both the minor league and international operations side have been vital to the organization for a number of years. Working under Mike Daly, Matt and Paul give us strong leadership on the player development and minor league front."  

In his role at USA Baseball, which is based in Durham, NC, Blood served as the General Manager of the 18U National Team and is responsible for putting together the squad's coaching staff and roster. The undefeated 2017 18U National Team won the World Cup and included 10 players who were selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft.

Blood served as an amateur scout in the Southern states and then specifically in the Carolinas and Virginia in his seven years with the Cardinals. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of North Carolina where he was a scouting assistant for the Tar Heels baseball team before getting his start that summer as an amateur scouting intern for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Kruger has spent nine years with Texas, the last three as Assistant Director of Player Development. He has also served as Manager of Minor League Operations, Coordinator, Minor League and International Operations, and Assistant, International Operations in his tenure with the Rangers.

Blood will be transitioning to the Rangers over the next month while he completes his duties with USA Baseball's 18U National Team during the upcoming Pan-Am Championships in Panama later this month.     

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Texas Rangers acquire LHP Drew Smyly and PTBNL from Chicago Cubs for player to be named later

The Texas Rangers announced Friday that the club has acquired left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly and a player to be named later from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later.

Smyly, 29, has not pitched the past two seasons due to injury. He suffered an elbow injury in March 2017 while with Seattle, leading to 'Tommy John' ligament replacement surgery in June 2017. Signed by the Chicago Cubs to a two-year contract prior to 2018, Smyly progressed to the point where he made a start on injury rehabilitation assignment with South Bend (A) in the Midwest League on August 30 (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 SO). He was formally shut down from any potential return in 2018 on September 10. He is expected to be fully healthy for the start of spring training in 2019.

The Texas Rangers announced Friday that the club has acquired left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly and a player to be named later from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later.

Smyly, 29, has not pitched the past two seasons due to injury. He suffered an elbow injury in March 2017 while with Seattle, leading to 'Tommy John' ligament replacement surgery in June 2017. Signed by the Chicago Cubs to a two-year contract prior to 2018, Smyly progressed to the point where he made a start on injury rehabilitation assignment with South Bend (A) in the Midwest League on August 30 (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 SO). He was formally shut down from any potential return in 2018 on September 10. He is expected to be fully healthy for the start of spring training in 2019.

In his last big league action in 2016, his final season with Tampa Bay, Smyly set career highs in most categories, including starts (30), innings (175.1), and strikeouts (167). He went 5-1 with a 3.73 ERA (29 ER/70.0 IP) over his final 12 starts for the Rays in 2016, the lone loss coming in his most recent MLB outing on September 26, 2016 at Chicago-AL. 

Originally selected by the Tigers in the second round of the 2010 June draft out of the University of Arkansas, the Little Rock native has a career record of 31-27 with a 3.74 ERA over 156 games/85 starts with Detroit (2012-14) and Tampa Bay (2014-16) spanning five major league campaigns. Smyly has held left-handed batters to a slash line of .202/.243/.334/.578 in his MLB career, the 5th-lowest opponents OPS among American League pitchers since the start of 2012 (minimum 500 at-bats). He pitched for Detroit in the 2012 and 2013 postseasons, including a pair of relief outings in the 2012 World Series against San Francisco. Smyly also pitched for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

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Academy notebook

Youth Academy, Capital One Bank, & Dallas ISD teamup to bring Science of Baseball to classrooms

It's not only students who are learning at the Texas Rangers Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota. 
 
On Thursday, October 25, five fourth through seventh grade DISD teachers were the ones doing the learning in the Academy classrooms for the Science of Baseball Teacher Training Workshop. 
 
Teachers from Uplift Heights, Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School, Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, and Dallas Environmental Science Academy were provided with a curriculum to teach Science of Baseball, presented by Capital One Bank at their schools. 
 
The school year portion of the program follows a summer series that was hosted at the Academy. In July, 50 students participated in the summer edition of the Science of Baseball programming at the Academy, culminating in them presenting their projects at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 25. 
 
About the Science of Sport: Since 2014, the Science of Sport has developed various lessons and events that help get kids excited about math and science through application of these principles on sports. In collaboration with MLB teams (Diamondbacks, Angels, Padres, Rockies, Braves, Royals, Phillies, Rangers, Nationals, Astros, Athletics and MLB Youth Academies in New Orleans, Dallas, Kansas City, Washington D.C., and Compton), NBA teams (Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic), MLS teams (LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, LAFC), and through a partnership with the College Football Playoff Foundation collaborating on the Extra Yard for Teachers initiative. Through these programs, Science of Sport has been able to disseminate our materials to over 1,000 schools throughout the country.
 
Still Camping 
 
Through the first five weeks of the Youth Academy Fall Training program, 941 baseball and softball players have taken part in the free activities.
 
Programming occurs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. through November 15. Registration is available for baseball and softball players ages 7 through 18 at www.rangers.com/academy
 
Fall RBI
 
The fall season of RBI baseball and softball is underway at the Academy, with games being played on Saturdays through November 17. 
 
An updated schedule for the eight baseball and four softball teams playing at the Academy is below. Please note changes to field location and game times for tomorrow, Saturday, October 27, due to field conditions. 
 
Scheduling is subject to change, and updates will be posted via the @RangersYA twitter account. 
 
ACADEMY RBI FALL SCHEDULE
DATE   TIME   HOME TEAM   AWAY TEAM   FIELD     
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Jaguars   Rangers   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   11:30 AM   Hard Hitters   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   2:00 PM   Leopards   Vikings   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   4:30 PM   Lancaster   Mercy Street   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Rangers   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
27-Oct   11:00 AM   Mercy Street   Tigers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Hard Hitters   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Vikings   Jaguars   Field of Dreams   baseball
3-Nov   11:30 AM   Mustangs   Mercy Street   Field of Dreams   baseball
3-Nov   11:30 AM   Rangers   Lancaster   Oates Field   baseball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Rangers   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
3-Nov   11:00 AM   A's   Tigers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
9-Nov   7:00 PM   Mercy Street   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
9-Nov   7:00 PM   Rangers   Tigers   Kershaw's Challenge Field   softball
10-Nov   2:00 PM   Mercy Street   Rangers   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   4:00 PM   Jaguars   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   6:00 PM   Vikings   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   8:00 PM   Lancaster   Hard Hitters   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Jaguars   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Vikings   Rangers   Field of Dreams   baseball
17-Nov   11:30 AM   Lancaster   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   11:30 AM   Mercy Street   Hard Hitters   Field of Dreams   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Tigers   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
17-Nov   11:00 AM   A's   Rangers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
 
Also Taking the Field
 
The Academy is also home field for Mercy Street Little League. The fall season began Friday, September 28. 
 
West Dallas Little League partners with the Little League Urban initiative to facilitate baseball and softball for participants ages four through 12.
 
Registration is available at https://www.mercystreetdallas.org/baseball/
 
Coming Soon
 
The Buck O'Neil Scouts Association Clinic: Saturday, November 10
 
The clinic aims to promote baseball in inner-cities by educating coaches and mentoring players.
 
Founded in honor of the late legendary player and scout Buck O'Neil, the Buck O'Neil Professional Baseball Scouts & Coaches Association was created to provide a forum for scouts and coaches to share their passion for the game. O'Neil was the first African American to coach in the Major Leagues and one of the first to scout fulltime.
 
Registration is available at rangers.com/academy for players ages 14 through 18.
 
Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp: Saturday, November 10  
 
This will mark the seventh annual Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp, hosted by Mercy Street. 
 
Dallas native Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen founded Kershaw's Challenge in 2011 and have since given over six millions dollars to support at-risk children and families around the globe. The foundation contributed generously to the building of the Academy facility, which includes Kershaw's Challenge Field named in his honor. 
 
West Dallas Youth College Prep Night: Friday, November 16, 5:00-8:00p.m.  
 
The Mobile Go Center (MGC) will roll into the Academy to help the class of 2019 fill out their FAFSA/TASFA and Apply Texas forms. 
 
Part of Texas Woman's University's Go Program, the MGC provides college-going resources to high school students and their families with the goal of increasing the number of Texas students enrolling in higher education. An extension of the College for All Texans Campaign, the MGC is equipped with laptops, high-speed internet and access to digital resources and publications.  
 
Registration for the free event is available now at https://texasrangersya.leagueapps.com/classes/858949-west-dallas-youth-college-prep.  

It's not only students who are learning at the Texas Rangers Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota. 
 
On Thursday, October 25, five fourth through seventh grade DISD teachers were the ones doing the learning in the Academy classrooms for the Science of Baseball Teacher Training Workshop. 
 
Teachers from Uplift Heights, Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School, Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, and Dallas Environmental Science Academy were provided with a curriculum to teach Science of Baseball, presented by Capital One Bank at their schools. 
 
The school year portion of the program follows a summer series that was hosted at the Academy. In July, 50 students participated in the summer edition of the Science of Baseball programming at the Academy, culminating in them presenting their projects at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 25. 
 
About the Science of Sport: Since 2014, the Science of Sport has developed various lessons and events that help get kids excited about math and science through application of these principles on sports. In collaboration with MLB teams (Diamondbacks, Angels, Padres, Rockies, Braves, Royals, Phillies, Rangers, Nationals, Astros, Athletics and MLB Youth Academies in New Orleans, Dallas, Kansas City, Washington D.C., and Compton), NBA teams (Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic), MLS teams (LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, LAFC), and through a partnership with the College Football Playoff Foundation collaborating on the Extra Yard for Teachers initiative. Through these programs, Science of Sport has been able to disseminate our materials to over 1,000 schools throughout the country.
 
Still Camping 
 
Through the first five weeks of the Youth Academy Fall Training program, 941 baseball and softball players have taken part in the free activities.
 
Programming occurs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. through November 15. Registration is available for baseball and softball players ages 7 through 18 at www.rangers.com/academy
 
Fall RBI
 
The fall season of RBI baseball and softball is underway at the Academy, with games being played on Saturdays through November 17. 
 
An updated schedule for the eight baseball and four softball teams playing at the Academy is below. Please note changes to field location and game times for tomorrow, Saturday, October 27, due to field conditions. 
 
Scheduling is subject to change, and updates will be posted via the @RangersYA twitter account. 
 
ACADEMY RBI FALL SCHEDULE
DATE   TIME   HOME TEAM   AWAY TEAM   FIELD     
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Jaguars   Rangers   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   11:30 AM   Hard Hitters   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   2:00 PM   Leopards   Vikings   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   4:30 PM   Lancaster   Mercy Street   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Rangers   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
27-Oct   11:00 AM   Mercy Street   Tigers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Hard Hitters   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Vikings   Jaguars   Field of Dreams   baseball
3-Nov   11:30 AM   Mustangs   Mercy Street   Field of Dreams   baseball
3-Nov   11:30 AM   Rangers   Lancaster   Oates Field   baseball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Rangers   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
3-Nov   11:00 AM   A's   Tigers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
9-Nov   7:00 PM   Mercy Street   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
9-Nov   7:00 PM   Rangers   Tigers   Kershaw's Challenge Field   softball
10-Nov   2:00 PM   Mercy Street   Rangers   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   4:00 PM   Jaguars   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   6:00 PM   Vikings   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   8:00 PM   Lancaster   Hard Hitters   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Jaguars   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Vikings   Rangers   Field of Dreams   baseball
17-Nov   11:30 AM   Lancaster   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   11:30 AM   Mercy Street   Hard Hitters   Field of Dreams   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Tigers   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
17-Nov   11:00 AM   A's   Rangers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
 
Also Taking the Field
 
The Academy is also home field for Mercy Street Little League. The fall season began Friday, September 28. 
 
West Dallas Little League partners with the Little League Urban initiative to facilitate baseball and softball for participants ages four through 12.
 
Registration is available at https://www.mercystreetdallas.org/baseball/
 
Coming Soon
 
The Buck O'Neil Scouts Association Clinic: Saturday, November 10
 
The clinic aims to promote baseball in inner-cities by educating coaches and mentoring players.
 
Founded in honor of the late legendary player and scout Buck O'Neil, the Buck O'Neil Professional Baseball Scouts & Coaches Association was created to provide a forum for scouts and coaches to share their passion for the game. O'Neil was the first African American to coach in the Major Leagues and one of the first to scout fulltime.
 
Registration is available at rangers.com/academy for players ages 14 through 18.
 
Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp: Saturday, November 10  
 
This will mark the seventh annual Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp, hosted by Mercy Street. 
 
Dallas native Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen founded Kershaw's Challenge in 2011 and have since given over six millions dollars to support at-risk children and families around the globe. The foundation contributed generously to the building of the Academy facility, which includes Kershaw's Challenge Field named in his honor. 
 
West Dallas Youth College Prep Night: Friday, November 16, 5:00-8:00p.m.  
 
The Mobile Go Center (MGC) will roll into the Academy to help the class of 2019 fill out their FAFSA/TASFA and Apply Texas forms. 
 
Part of Texas Woman's University's Go Program, the MGC provides college-going resources to high school students and their families with the goal of increasing the number of Texas students enrolling in higher education. An extension of the College for All Texans Campaign, the MGC is equipped with laptops, high-speed internet and access to digital resources and publications.  
 
Registration for the free event is available now at https://texasrangersya.leagueapps.com/classes/858949-west-dallas-youth-college-prep.  

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Kevin Harmon announces retirement as Texas Rangers head athletic trainer

Matt Lucero promoted to assume role

Arlington, Texas - Texas Rangers Major League Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Harmon announced today that he is retiring from professional baseball to pursue other interests. His retirement is effective at the end of this month.

The Rangers have promoted Major League Athletic Trainer Matt Lucero to the Head Athletic Trainer's position to replace Harmon.

Arlington, Texas - Texas Rangers Major League Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Harmon announced today that he is retiring from professional baseball to pursue other interests. His retirement is effective at the end of this month.

The Rangers have promoted Major League Athletic Trainer Matt Lucero to the Head Athletic Trainer's position to replace Harmon.

"I have decided that this is the right time for me to retire from professional baseball to pursue other interests, both on a personal and family level," said Harmon, who just completed his 16th season with the organization, his 14th on the Major League staff. "I feel very blessed to have to have worked for so many years with the Rangers and to have been a part of so many great memories. I want to thank the players, coaches, and front office staff for all of their support and friendship."

"The Rangers organization owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Kevin Harmon," said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "Kevin's dedication and willingness to go the extra mile have played a major role in keeping our players on the field for many years. On behalf of everyone on the Rangers, I wish him, Melony, and their family the very best for the years ahead.

Harmon joined the Texas organization as its Minor League medical and strength coordinator prior to the 2003 season and was promoted to the Major League staff two years later to assist Head Trainer Jamie Reed. When Reed assumed a new role as Senior Director of Medical Operations in November 2013, Harmon was appointed Head Athletic Trainer. He previously worked in the Atlanta, Baltimore, and Tampa Bay organizations and has been in professional baseball since 1986.

Lucero has spent the last eight seasons as a Major League Athletic trainer for the Rangers. He originally joined the Texas organization in 2006 as the minor league rehabilitation coordinator and then served as the minor league medical coordinator from 2007-10 before joining the big league staff. Lucero was a minor league trainer in the Tampa Bay Rays organization from 1999-2005 and has been an athletic trainer since 1993.

"We are fortunate to have Matt Lucero assume the role as Head Athletic Trainer," said Daniels. "Matt has a long history with the Texas organization and worked under two exceptional trainers on the big league level in Jamie Reed and Kevin Harmon."

Lucero becomes just the fifth Head Trainer in the Rangers' 47 years in Texas, joining Bill Zeigler (1972-91), Danny Wheat (1992-2002), Reed (2003-13), and Harmon (2014-18).

 

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Rougned Odor named as 2018 AL Rawlings Gold Glove finalist

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., announced today the finalists for the 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Award®, honoring the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American League™ and National League™. The winners will be unveiled during a live, one-hour "Baseball Tonight - The 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® Announcement Show" on ESPN Sunday, November 4 at 6 p.m. CT.

The Rangers' Rougned Odor is one of three finalists at second base in the American League, joining Ian Kinsler of Boston and Jed Lowrie of Oakland. This marks the first time that Odor has been a finalist at second base. He ranked third among A.L. qualifiers at second base with a career best .984 fielding percentage (9 E/563 TC) in 127 games/123 starts and led the A.L. in putouts (218), double plays (96), and assists (336-tied).

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., announced today the finalists for the 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Award®, honoring the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American League™ and National League™. The winners will be unveiled during a live, one-hour "Baseball Tonight - The 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® Announcement Show" on ESPN Sunday, November 4 at 6 p.m. CT.

The Rangers' Rougned Odor is one of three finalists at second base in the American League, joining Ian Kinsler of Boston and Jed Lowrie of Oakland. This marks the first time that Odor has been a finalist at second base. He ranked third among A.L. qualifiers at second base with a career best .984 fielding percentage (9 E/563 TC) in 127 games/123 starts and led the A.L. in putouts (218), double plays (96), and assists (336-tied).

While the award originated in 1957, Rawlings first began highlighting the top-three defenders at each position in 2011.

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StadiumLinks coming to Globe Life Park this weekend

Globe Life Park will be transformed into a one-of-a kind golf experience

 Tickets are still available for StadiumLinks, a one-of-a-kind, nine-hole golf experience taking place at Globe Life Park this weekend. 
 
Tee times are available this Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Tee time bookings are available in two-person and four-person registrations. Tickets start at $75 per person and are available by visiting texasrangers.com/stadiumlinks. 
 
There is also limited availability for the newly enhanced VIP Package. VIP guests will have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge with complimentary food and beverage opportunities, VIP tee boxes along the course, and the newly offered practice range, among other premium upgrades. Stadiumlinks will also reward a cash purse of $2,000 to players with top scores.
 
"The upcoming event gives fans of this iconic sports venue and golfers of all skill levels the rare opportunity of hitting incredible golf shots from nine new locations throughout the ballpark. These new tee box locations, combined with target greens that will be newly designed into the playing field, will create an incredibly unique and memorable experience," Jon Stephens, founder of Stadiumlinks said. "Whether you're a highly competitive golfer, casual golf or sports fan, or have an interest in experiencing Globe Life Park in a one-of-a-kind and intimate setting, we're excited to offer an amazing experience that appeals to everyone from all walks of life."
 
Globe Life Park is one of five MLB ballparks to host StadiumLinks this fall, joining Guaranteed Rate Field, Citi Field, Minute Maid Park and Angel Stadium. 
 
Stadiumlinks returns to Arlington for the second time, the first since 2016. The Globe Life Park field surface will not be impacted by the Stadiumlinks event, as it is scheduled to be completely re-soded following the conclusion of the Stadiumlinks and previously announced Enchant Christmas Event.
 
ABOUT STADIUMLINKS: Stadiumlinks is a consumer event company re-imagining the way golf and stadium venues are experienced. It partners with prominent sports venues around the country, producing events that attract participants of all ages, skill types, and competition levels. Find out more about the event and register at texasrangers.com/stadiumlinks.

 Tickets are still available for StadiumLinks, a one-of-a-kind, nine-hole golf experience taking place at Globe Life Park this weekend. 
 
Tee times are available this Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Tee time bookings are available in two-person and four-person registrations. Tickets start at $75 per person and are available by visiting texasrangers.com/stadiumlinks. 
 
There is also limited availability for the newly enhanced VIP Package. VIP guests will have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge with complimentary food and beverage opportunities, VIP tee boxes along the course, and the newly offered practice range, among other premium upgrades. Stadiumlinks will also reward a cash purse of $2,000 to players with top scores.
 
"The upcoming event gives fans of this iconic sports venue and golfers of all skill levels the rare opportunity of hitting incredible golf shots from nine new locations throughout the ballpark. These new tee box locations, combined with target greens that will be newly designed into the playing field, will create an incredibly unique and memorable experience," Jon Stephens, founder of Stadiumlinks said. "Whether you're a highly competitive golfer, casual golf or sports fan, or have an interest in experiencing Globe Life Park in a one-of-a-kind and intimate setting, we're excited to offer an amazing experience that appeals to everyone from all walks of life."
 
Globe Life Park is one of five MLB ballparks to host StadiumLinks this fall, joining Guaranteed Rate Field, Citi Field, Minute Maid Park and Angel Stadium. 
 
Stadiumlinks returns to Arlington for the second time, the first since 2016. The Globe Life Park field surface will not be impacted by the Stadiumlinks event, as it is scheduled to be completely re-soded following the conclusion of the Stadiumlinks and previously announced Enchant Christmas Event.
 
ABOUT STADIUMLINKS: Stadiumlinks is a consumer event company re-imagining the way golf and stadium venues are experienced. It partners with prominent sports venues around the country, producing events that attract participants of all ages, skill types, and competition levels. Find out more about the event and register at texasrangers.com/stadiumlinks.

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