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Longtime Rangers medical director B.J. Mycoskie passes away at age 95

Dr. Mycoskie served in role from 1972-85

Arlington, Texas -- Dr. Bernard John (B.J.) Mycoskie, who served as the Texas Rangers Medical Director for the team's first 14 years in Arlington, passed away early this morning at the age of 95.

Dr. Mycoskie practiced in Arlington for more than 40 years beginning in 1952. When the Washington Senators franchise moved to Texas in the fall of 1971, Dr. Mycoskie was appointed as the team's Medical Director and served with distinction in that role through the 1985 season, treating hundreds of Rangers players, staff, and front office employees.

Arlington, Texas -- Dr. Bernard John (B.J.) Mycoskie, who served as the Texas Rangers Medical Director for the team's first 14 years in Arlington, passed away early this morning at the age of 95.

Dr. Mycoskie practiced in Arlington for more than 40 years beginning in 1952. When the Washington Senators franchise moved to Texas in the fall of 1971, Dr. Mycoskie was appointed as the team's Medical Director and served with distinction in that role through the 1985 season, treating hundreds of Rangers players, staff, and front office employees.

His son, Dr. Michael Mycoskie succeeded him in that role, but he continued to work with the club after that time and was a frequent and welcome ballpark visitor even in retirement.

On September 15, 1994, the Rangers dedicated a plaque to honor Dr. Mycoskie that hangs to this day in the club's Globe Life Park in Arlington Major League training room. It reads:

In recognition of his loyalty and dedication to the Texas Rangers organization and the compassion he has shown to several generations of the Rangers family.

The Texas Rangers organization extends its deepest sympathies to Dr. Mycoskie's family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

The Rangers will observe a moment of silence in Dr. Mycoskie's memory before this afternoon's game with Seattle.

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Statement from Jeff Banister

"I want to thank Rangers ownership and Jon Daniels for giving me this opportunity. We had some great times here, but it doesn't last forever. I also want to thank the coaches, field staff, and especially the players who made it an honor for me to wear the Rangers uniform. And to the fans, I can't tell you how much I have appreciated your support and kind words over the last four years. I certainly regret that we were not able to make a deeper playoff run for you in 2015 and 2016.
 
"Certainly I am disappointed that I was not able to finish the job. But this has been the experience of a lifetime. Thank you"

"I want to thank Rangers ownership and Jon Daniels for giving me this opportunity. We had some great times here, but it doesn't last forever. I also want to thank the coaches, field staff, and especially the players who made it an honor for me to wear the Rangers uniform. And to the fans, I can't tell you how much I have appreciated your support and kind words over the last four years. I certainly regret that we were not able to make a deeper playoff run for you in 2015 and 2016.
 
"Certainly I am disappointed that I was not able to finish the job. But this has been the experience of a lifetime. Thank you"

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Jeff Banister dismissed as Texas Rangers manager

Bench coach Don Wakamatsu to serve as interim manager for remainder of 2018 season

The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has dismissed manager Jeff Banister.
 
Bench coach Don Wakamatsu has been named as the team's interim manager effective with tonight's game against the Seattle Mariners and continuing through the remainder of the 2018 season.
 
"I informed Jeff Banister of our decision earlier today," said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "I want to thank Jeff for his dedication and efforts with the Texas Rangers over the last four years. This organization is very appreciative of what he has contributed to the club on the field and in the community.
 
"This was not an easy decision and comes after a long period of evaluation. However, we feel that a change in the leadership of our Major League club is necessary as we move forward. Once this conclusion was reached, I felt it was appropriate to make the move now. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Jeff and his family the best."
 
Banister has a record of 325-313 since being appointed as the 18th full-time manager in club history on October 16, 2014.
 
Wakamatsu rejoined the Rangers on November 6, 2017 after four seasons as the bench coach in Kansas City. He previously served on Texas' Major League coaching staff as bench coach (2003-06) and third base coach (2007).
 
The 55-year-old Wakamatsu managed Seattle from the start of 2009 until August 9, 2010 with a 127-147 overall record. He also has been a big league coach with Oakland (2008) and Toronto (2011-12).  

The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has dismissed manager Jeff Banister.
 
Bench coach Don Wakamatsu has been named as the team's interim manager effective with tonight's game against the Seattle Mariners and continuing through the remainder of the 2018 season.
 
"I informed Jeff Banister of our decision earlier today," said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "I want to thank Jeff for his dedication and efforts with the Texas Rangers over the last four years. This organization is very appreciative of what he has contributed to the club on the field and in the community.
 
"This was not an easy decision and comes after a long period of evaluation. However, we feel that a change in the leadership of our Major League club is necessary as we move forward. Once this conclusion was reached, I felt it was appropriate to make the move now. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Jeff and his family the best."
 
Banister has a record of 325-313 since being appointed as the 18th full-time manager in club history on October 16, 2014.
 
Wakamatsu rejoined the Rangers on November 6, 2017 after four seasons as the bench coach in Kansas City. He previously served on Texas' Major League coaching staff as bench coach (2003-06) and third base coach (2007).
 
The 55-year-old Wakamatsu managed Seattle from the start of 2009 until August 9, 2010 with a 127-147 overall record. He also has been a big league coach with Oakland (2008) and Toronto (2011-12).  

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Academy notebook

Meet Academy athlete Mackenzie Amaya

Athletes from the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota, took the field at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Monday, September 17, as Whataburger Rising Stars were honored in a pre-game ceremony. 
 
Mackenzie Amaya was one of the Academy baseball and softball players on hand for the recognition. Each of the Whataburger Rising Stars was nominated by Academy and RBI coaches to receive the monthly award based on their stellar achievement and outstanding sportsmanship during summer programming.
 
Amaya pointed to her efforts to be a leader on her Wildcats RBI squad with helping her land the honors.
 
"I pushed the team to do what they could do and even better than they thought they could do," Amaya said.
 
While it was just her first summer participating in the Academy programming, the shortstop and second baseman said she noticed improvement in her game.
 
"I liked the coaches that helped me get my technique down on my throwing," Amaya said. "I was struggling during the school season."
 
But working improving her technique wasn't the only thing Amaya took away from her time at the Academy this summer.
 
"I liked working with the girls that I didn't know because it's making new friends and learning new skills," Amaya said of the experience. "It's giving an opportunity to low income families and kids that don't have a chance to be on club teams."
 
Below are the summer's Whataburger Rising Stars:
 
•   Melanie Henderson, 16, Irving High School  
•   Cesar Saucedo, 15, Cedar Hill High School
•   Mackenzie Amaya, 15, Woodrow Wilson High School  
•   Josiah Drake, 13, Byrd Junior High School   
•   Darren Simon,15, Carter High School   
•   Amaad Garrett, 11, Collegiate Academy Middle School   
 
Henderson, Saucedo, Amaya, Drake, and Simon were at Globe Life Park for Monday's presentation.
 
A photo of the pre-game presentation for the Academy's Whataburger Rising Stars is attached to this email. The ceremony occurred at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 17 before the Rangers hosted the Rays. 

Getting in Gear
 
The Academy hosted an end of the season equipment distribution on Saturday, September 15. Over 200 Academy participants registered for the opportunity to receive free gloves, shin guards, bats, cleats, shirts, pants, and helmets.
 
As one of the coaches at the Academy, Sebastian Martinez sees firsthand how important having the right equipment is for his athletes. 
 
"They're shy about what equipment it is they're able to afford. Maybe it's that they can't afford as good a glove as the next player or they don't have the nicest bat or maybe they don't have the money to go buy practice clothes so they come up and they have to practice in their school clothes," Martinez said.
It's another area where the Academy's mission has an expansive impact.
"For those kids that we see come back on a day-to-day basis consistently, if they don't have the equipment, we have the capability to go ahead and put a glove in their possession, say, 'hey, why don't you go ahead and take this glove home. We'll see you next week.' So they keep coming back," Martinez said. "It gives them that sense of ownership they might not have the opportunity to otherwise have."

Athletes from the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota, took the field at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Monday, September 17, as Whataburger Rising Stars were honored in a pre-game ceremony. 
 
Mackenzie Amaya was one of the Academy baseball and softball players on hand for the recognition. Each of the Whataburger Rising Stars was nominated by Academy and RBI coaches to receive the monthly award based on their stellar achievement and outstanding sportsmanship during summer programming.
 
Amaya pointed to her efforts to be a leader on her Wildcats RBI squad with helping her land the honors.
 
"I pushed the team to do what they could do and even better than they thought they could do," Amaya said.
 
While it was just her first summer participating in the Academy programming, the shortstop and second baseman said she noticed improvement in her game.
 
"I liked the coaches that helped me get my technique down on my throwing," Amaya said. "I was struggling during the school season."
 
But working improving her technique wasn't the only thing Amaya took away from her time at the Academy this summer.
 
"I liked working with the girls that I didn't know because it's making new friends and learning new skills," Amaya said of the experience. "It's giving an opportunity to low income families and kids that don't have a chance to be on club teams."
 
Below are the summer's Whataburger Rising Stars:
 
•   Melanie Henderson, 16, Irving High School  
•   Cesar Saucedo, 15, Cedar Hill High School
•   Mackenzie Amaya, 15, Woodrow Wilson High School  
•   Josiah Drake, 13, Byrd Junior High School   
•   Darren Simon,15, Carter High School   
•   Amaad Garrett, 11, Collegiate Academy Middle School   
 
Henderson, Saucedo, Amaya, Drake, and Simon were at Globe Life Park for Monday's presentation.
 
A photo of the pre-game presentation for the Academy's Whataburger Rising Stars is attached to this email. The ceremony occurred at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 17 before the Rangers hosted the Rays. 

Getting in Gear
 
The Academy hosted an end of the season equipment distribution on Saturday, September 15. Over 200 Academy participants registered for the opportunity to receive free gloves, shin guards, bats, cleats, shirts, pants, and helmets.
 
As one of the coaches at the Academy, Sebastian Martinez sees firsthand how important having the right equipment is for his athletes. 
 
"They're shy about what equipment it is they're able to afford. Maybe it's that they can't afford as good a glove as the next player or they don't have the nicest bat or maybe they don't have the money to go buy practice clothes so they come up and they have to practice in their school clothes," Martinez said.
It's another area where the Academy's mission has an expansive impact.
"For those kids that we see come back on a day-to-day basis consistently, if they don't have the equipment, we have the capability to go ahead and put a glove in their possession, say, 'hey, why don't you go ahead and take this glove home. We'll see you next week.' So they keep coming back," Martinez said. "It gives them that sense of ownership they might not have the opportunity to otherwise have."

Fall Campers
 
The Youth Academy Fall Training program began Tuesday, September 18, with 151 baseball and softball players taking part in the first week. 
 
Athletes participating in the free program will work on hitting, fielding, throwing, and defensive strategies with members of the Academy coaching staff.
 
Programming will occur Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through November 15. Registration is now available for baseball and softball players ages seven through 18 at www.rangers.com/academy. 
 
Coming Soon
 
Mercy Street Little League: season begins 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/
 
RBI Fall Baseball and Softball: seasons open Saturday, September 29
 
Fall RBI baseball and softball games will be played on Saturdays from September 29 through November 17. More scheduling information will be announced in the coming weeks. 
 
The Academy league is expected to facilitate eight baseball and four softball teams for the fall season.   
 
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. 

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Sounds and Texas Rangers announce 4-year player development contract

Rangers become 8th Major League affiliate in Sounds' history

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Sounds announced today they have signed a four-year Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Texas Rangers, which will run through the conclusion of the 2022 season.

"This is an exciting day in Nashville Sounds Baseball history," said Sounds General Manager Adam Nuse. "Forming a partnership with one of the most well-respected organizations in Major League Baseball is thrilling for our organization and the City of Nashville. With leadership from Ray Davis, Neil Leibman and Jon Daniels, the Texas Rangers are a first-class franchise and we're ecstatic to build this relationship."

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Sounds announced today they have signed a four-year Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Texas Rangers, which will run through the conclusion of the 2022 season.

"This is an exciting day in Nashville Sounds Baseball history," said Sounds General Manager Adam Nuse. "Forming a partnership with one of the most well-respected organizations in Major League Baseball is thrilling for our organization and the City of Nashville. With leadership from Ray Davis, Neil Leibman and Jon Daniels, the Texas Rangers are a first-class franchise and we're ecstatic to build this relationship."

Texas is the eighth Major League team the Sounds have affiliated with since the franchise was founded in 1978. The Rangers have created a winning culture with an 849-761 (.527) record over the last 10 years. Texas has won four American League West Division Championships during the stretch and has played in two World Series (2010 & 2011). During that same 10-year span, Rangers Triple-A affiliates have produced a 721-705 (.506) record with three division titles.

"The Texas Rangers are very pleased to enter into this four-year Player Development Contract with the Nashville Sounds," said Texas Rangers Co-Chairman and Managing Partner Ray Davis. "Led by Frank Ward and Adam Nuse, the Sounds are one of Minor League Baseball's top organizations."

"The Sounds have received incredible fan support as the franchise finished fourth in Minor League Baseball in overall attendance with over 600,000 fans attending games at beautiful First Tennessee Park in downtown Nashville in 2018. For a number of reasons, this became a very attractive location for our Triple-A club and we look forward to a productive relationship with the Sounds," said Davis.

"The Nashville Sounds front office has a great reputation of taking care of its players, and we believe this is a tremendous opportunity," said Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "I think our players and development staff will enjoy playing and working in an environment with first-class facilities and an exciting game atmosphere."

Since opening state-of-the-art First Tennessee Park in 2015, over two million fans have passed through the gates to watch Nashville Sounds baseball.

In 2020, the Rangers open Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The projected $1.1 billion stadium will be complete with a retractable roof and have approximately 40,000 seats.

Four Texas Rangers farmhands are in the MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospect list. OF Leody Taveras (No. 42), OF Willie Calhoun (No. 47), OF Julio Pablo Martinez (No. 58) and RHP Cole Winn (No. 94) could don a Sounds uniform in the next few years.

Former players to play with both the Nashville Sounds and Texas Rangers include Prince Fielder, Nelson Cruz, Yovani Gallardo, Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress.

The 2019 Nashville Sounds coaching staff will be announced later this fall.

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Hilti, Inc. becomes official tool provider of Texas Rangers

Hilti also is the official sponsor of the Globe Life Field Construction Site

In conjunction with the new 1.7 million square foot Globe Life Field, the Texas Rangers today announced Hilti, Inc.as the official tool provider of the Texas Rangers.
 
In addition to being the official tool provider of the Texas Rangers, the two-year deal includes title sponsorship of the Hilti Globe Life Field Construction site, as well as sponsorship of the Hilti Globe Life Field Observation Deck, a viewing area located on the right field upper concourse of Globe Life Park.
 
"We are pleased to have Hilti join the Texas Rangers and Globe Life Field family," said Jim Cochrane, Texas Rangers Senior Vice President, Partnerships and Client Services. "Globe Life Field provides an exciting landscape for Hilti and we're excited for them to be part of the construction process."
 
Hilti provides leading-edge technology, software and services, which power the professional construction industry. Hilti will also have a pop-up shop open to workers on the site where construction team members will be able purchase Hilti tools and consumables.
 
Hilti has also partnered to help provide instructional safety demonstrations for the over 700 workers on-site.
 
"We are proud to be a part of the ongoing construction at Globe Life Field as the project's Official Tool Provider. With this partnership, we look forward to continuing to bring safety and productivity to the jobsite and the hundreds of contractors working here every day," Avi Kahn, President and CEO, Hilti North America, said. "Seeing construction progress is always exciting and it means the Texas Rangers are one step closer to calling this state-of-the-art facility home."
 
The new 1.2 billion dollar ballpark, which will be located on 13 acres just south of the current Globe Life Park in Arlington, will include a retractable roof for climate control and shelter for fans during the hot summer months. Seating capacity is approximately 40,000 for Globe Life Field, which will open in March 2020. HKS is the design architect for the project.
 
ABOUT HILTI: Hilti supplies the worldwide construction industry with technologically leading products, systems, software and services that provide construction professionals with innovative solutions and superior added value. In North America, there are more than 3,500 team members who share Hilti's corporate culture based on integrity, teamwork, commitment and the courage to embrace change. Hilti calls Texas its North American home since relocating its headquarters to Plano in 2015. To learn more about Hilti, visit our website at www.hilti.com.

In conjunction with the new 1.7 million square foot Globe Life Field, the Texas Rangers today announced Hilti, Inc.as the official tool provider of the Texas Rangers.
 
In addition to being the official tool provider of the Texas Rangers, the two-year deal includes title sponsorship of the Hilti Globe Life Field Construction site, as well as sponsorship of the Hilti Globe Life Field Observation Deck, a viewing area located on the right field upper concourse of Globe Life Park.
 
"We are pleased to have Hilti join the Texas Rangers and Globe Life Field family," said Jim Cochrane, Texas Rangers Senior Vice President, Partnerships and Client Services. "Globe Life Field provides an exciting landscape for Hilti and we're excited for them to be part of the construction process."
 
Hilti provides leading-edge technology, software and services, which power the professional construction industry. Hilti will also have a pop-up shop open to workers on the site where construction team members will be able purchase Hilti tools and consumables.
 
Hilti has also partnered to help provide instructional safety demonstrations for the over 700 workers on-site.
 
"We are proud to be a part of the ongoing construction at Globe Life Field as the project's Official Tool Provider. With this partnership, we look forward to continuing to bring safety and productivity to the jobsite and the hundreds of contractors working here every day," Avi Kahn, President and CEO, Hilti North America, said. "Seeing construction progress is always exciting and it means the Texas Rangers are one step closer to calling this state-of-the-art facility home."
 
The new 1.2 billion dollar ballpark, which will be located on 13 acres just south of the current Globe Life Park in Arlington, will include a retractable roof for climate control and shelter for fans during the hot summer months. Seating capacity is approximately 40,000 for Globe Life Field, which will open in March 2020. HKS is the design architect for the project.
 
ABOUT HILTI: Hilti supplies the worldwide construction industry with technologically leading products, systems, software and services that provide construction professionals with innovative solutions and superior added value. In North America, there are more than 3,500 team members who share Hilti's corporate culture based on integrity, teamwork, commitment and the courage to embrace change. Hilti calls Texas its North American home since relocating its headquarters to Plano in 2015. To learn more about Hilti, visit our website at www.hilti.com.

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Texas Rangers and Nashville Sounds enter into four-year player development contract

Official announcement to be made on Thursday in Nashville

The Texas Rangers and Triple-A Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League today announced that the organizations have entered into a four-year Player Development Contract extending through the 2022 season.
 
A formal announcement of the agreement will be made at a press conference at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Rangers and Sounds ownership and management will be participating in the press conference.
 
"The Texas Rangers are very pleased to enter into this four-year player development contract with the Nashville Sounds," said Texas Rangers Co-Chairman and Managing Partner Ray Davis. "Led by Frank Ward and Adam Nuse, the Sounds are one of Minor League Baseball's top organizations. 
 
"The Sounds have received incredible fan support as the franchise finished fourth in Minor League Baseball in overall attendance with over 600,000 fans attending games at beautiful First Tennessee Park in downtown Nashville in 2018. For a number of reasons, this became a very attractive location for our Triple-A club and we look forward to a productive relationship with the Sounds."  
 
"The Nashville Sounds front office has a great reputation of taking care of its players, and we believe this is a tremendous opportunity," said Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "I think our players and development staff will enjoy playing and working in an environment with first-class facilities and an exciting game atmosphere."
 
The Sounds become just the third Rangers' Triple-A affiliate in the last 37 years. Texas was affiliated with Oklahoma City from 1983-2010 and completed an eight-year affiliation with Round Rock in 2018. The Sounds, who were affiliated with Oakland from 2015-18, play at First Tennessee Park, which opened in 2015.  

The Texas Rangers and Triple-A Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League today announced that the organizations have entered into a four-year Player Development Contract extending through the 2022 season.
 
A formal announcement of the agreement will be made at a press conference at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Rangers and Sounds ownership and management will be participating in the press conference.
 
"The Texas Rangers are very pleased to enter into this four-year player development contract with the Nashville Sounds," said Texas Rangers Co-Chairman and Managing Partner Ray Davis. "Led by Frank Ward and Adam Nuse, the Sounds are one of Minor League Baseball's top organizations. 
 
"The Sounds have received incredible fan support as the franchise finished fourth in Minor League Baseball in overall attendance with over 600,000 fans attending games at beautiful First Tennessee Park in downtown Nashville in 2018. For a number of reasons, this became a very attractive location for our Triple-A club and we look forward to a productive relationship with the Sounds."  
 
"The Nashville Sounds front office has a great reputation of taking care of its players, and we believe this is a tremendous opportunity," said Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "I think our players and development staff will enjoy playing and working in an environment with first-class facilities and an exciting game atmosphere."
 
The Sounds become just the third Rangers' Triple-A affiliate in the last 37 years. Texas was affiliated with Oklahoma City from 1983-2010 and completed an eight-year affiliation with Round Rock in 2018. The Sounds, who were affiliated with Oakland from 2015-18, play at First Tennessee Park, which opened in 2015.  

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Academy notebook

Meet Academy coach Sebastian Martinez

With fall programming and RBI leagues gearing up to begin soon at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota, it's clear that there's no offseason at the facility.
 
Keeping the athletes engaged in sports and programming throughout the year requires a coaching staff committed to giving back to the West Dallas neighborhood.
 
Sebastian Martinez is one of those coaches. For Martinez, who primarily has been coaching softball during his time at the Academy, the highlight of his role is watching the athletes "advance past the limits they put on themselves."
 
During the two years Martinez has coached at the Academy, he's been able to witness the development of regular participants into what he describes as "youth coaches." 
 
"Whenever they see kids making mistakes that they've made and we corrected, they step up and they say, 'hey, coach said this for me. Maybe you should try it out and maybe it will work for you.' And they end up almost being an extension of us," Martinez said. "(They) grow from the first time they show up -- when they're really shy, really nervous, have a lot of doubt -- to being confident enough to step up and help the other kids improve."

Giving back is a way of life for Martinez, a firefighter with Dallas Fire Rescue. In his time at the Academy, he's focused on reminding the athletes to keep working hard for their dreams in both sports and in daily life.

With fall programming and RBI leagues gearing up to begin soon at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota, it's clear that there's no offseason at the facility.
 
Keeping the athletes engaged in sports and programming throughout the year requires a coaching staff committed to giving back to the West Dallas neighborhood.
 
Sebastian Martinez is one of those coaches. For Martinez, who primarily has been coaching softball during his time at the Academy, the highlight of his role is watching the athletes "advance past the limits they put on themselves."
 
During the two years Martinez has coached at the Academy, he's been able to witness the development of regular participants into what he describes as "youth coaches." 
 
"Whenever they see kids making mistakes that they've made and we corrected, they step up and they say, 'hey, coach said this for me. Maybe you should try it out and maybe it will work for you.' And they end up almost being an extension of us," Martinez said. "(They) grow from the first time they show up -- when they're really shy, really nervous, have a lot of doubt -- to being confident enough to step up and help the other kids improve."

Giving back is a way of life for Martinez, a firefighter with Dallas Fire Rescue. In his time at the Academy, he's focused on reminding the athletes to keep working hard for their dreams in both sports and in daily life.

"We hope that them coming out and getting a chance to play on the fields that the Rangers built, the indoor facility that we have now, getting a chance to go out and hear from some of these pro players that come out and speak to them, we hope that will motivate them to push themselves that much harder, to understand that it's something that's very difficult to do, but it's also something that's very rewarding," Martinez said. 

Coming Soon to Globe Life Park
 
On Monday, September 17, a pre-game presentation on the field at Globe Life Park in Arlington will honor Whataburger Rising Stars from the Academy. Athletes who displayed stellar achievement and outstanding sportsmanship were nominated by Academy and RBI coaches for the monthly honor. 
 
Below are the athletes selected:
•   Melanie Henderson, 16, Irving High School  
•   Cesar Saucedo, 15, Cedar Hill High School  
•   Josiah Drake, 13, Byrd Junior High School   
•   Mackenzie Amaya, 15, Woodrow Wilson High School  
•   Darren Simon,15, Carter High School   
•   Amaad Garrett, 11, Collegiate Academy Middle School   
 
Drake, Henderson, Amaya, Saucedo, and Simon will be at Globe Life Park for Monday's presentation.
 
Kick Off
 
The Youth Academy Fall Training program begins Tuesday, September 18, and will occur Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through November 15.
 
Athletes participating in the free program will work on hitting, fielding, throwing, and defensive strategies with members of the Academy coaching staff.
 
Registration is now available for baseball and softball players ages seven through 18 at www.rangers.com/academy
 
Coming Soon
 
Mercy Street Little League: season begins 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/
 
RBI Fall Baseball and Softball: seasons open Saturday, September 29
 
Fall RBI baseball and softball games will be played on Saturdays from September 29 through November 17. More scheduling information will be announced in the coming weeks. 
 
The Academy league is expected to facilitate eight baseball and eight softball teams for the fall season.   
 
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. 
 

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Rangers to host Rays & Mariners during 6-game homestand, Sept. 17-23

Postgame fireworks, Hispanic Heritage Night, & Fan Appreciation Day highlight final homestand

The Texas Rangers will wrap up the home portion of the 2018 schedule with a six game homestand against the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners beginning Monday, September 17
 
Tampa Bay arrives for a three game set Monday, September 17; Tuesday, September 18; and Wednesday, September 19. Game time is 7:05 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday before the series wraps up with a 1:05 p.m. matinee on Wednesday. 
 
Winter arrives at Globe Life Park on Monday and lasts through Wednesday, as the Iron Throne from the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones" will be located on the first base main concourse and available for fans to pose for pictures. The line will cut off in the eighth inning each night. 
 
Fans who purchase the special Game of Thrones Theme Night ticket through texasrangers.com/themenights for any of the three games will receive a limited edition, Rougned Odor Game of Thrones bobblehead.  
 
A special $1 Fandemonium Ticket Offer, Presented by 105.3 The Fan, is available for Wednesday's game. Upper box or upper reserved tickets and certain cash parking locations are only $1 with the online coupon code ONE. 
 
Wednesday also marks Texas Chili Company Dollar Hot Dog Day.  
 
The 2018 home schedule concludes with a weekend series against Seattle. The division foes square off at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, September 21, and Saturday, September 22. A 2:05 p.m. matinee on Sunday, September 23, wraps up the series.
 
Beginning Friday and recurring each of the remaining three home games, the Rangers will be giving away vouchers that can be redeemed for select April and May 2019 games at Globe Life Park. Vouchers will not be redeemable until 2019 tickets go on sale in March.  
 
On Friday, the Rangers will pay tribute to the brave men and women who serve or have served in the U.S. Military with Veterans Appreciation Night. Tickets purchased through texasrangers.com/themenights are eligible to receive a military themed Rangers cap. A limited number of hats are available for each branch on a first come, first serve basis.  
 
T-Mobile Friday Fireworks corresponding to highlights from the 2018 season played simultaneously on the videoboard will follow Friday's contest.
 
The Rangers will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night on Saturday. Prior to the game, Mariachi Nueva Era and Mariachi Damas will be performing from 4:45 until 6:45 p.m. on the concourse. And the first 1,000 Theme Night tickets for that night's game purchased through texasrangers.com/themenights will receive a custom El Rancho Texas Rangers soccer jersey.  
 
Saturday is also Whataburger Night. Fans can celebrate two great Texas traditions - the Rangers and Whataburger - by receiving a special Whataburger themed Rangers trucker cap exclusively with tickets purchased through texasrangers.com/themenights. 
 
Fan Appreciation Day is Sunday. Prizes, including autographed balls and jerseys, will be given away every half inning. And everyone will receive the 2018 Texas Rangers Team Photo, which will include the 2019 Rangers schedule.
 
Sunday is also Blue Bell Ice Cream Sunday, with $1 ice cream for those 13 and younger.
 
Tickets can be purchased at texasrangers.com, by calling 972.RANGERS, and at the Globe Life Park in Arlington ticket office.
 
Game-by-game highlights of the homestand:
 
Monday, September 17 vs. Tampa Bay Rays -- 7:05 p.m. -- FSSW  
•   Game of Thrones Theme Nights -- Iron Throne on first base main concourse 
•   National Anthem performed by Prophets & Outlaws
 
Tuesday, September 18 vs. Tampa Bay Rays -- 7:05 p.m. -- FSSW   
•   Game of Thrones Theme Nights - Iron Throne on first base main concourse 
•   Pre-game ceremony to honor Bartolo Colon by officials from his native Dominican Republic
•   First pitch by UTA Alumni Jona Harris, for UTA Night 
•   National Anthem performed by Hannah Blake
 
Wednesday, September 19 vs. Tampa Bay Rays -- 1:05 p.m. -- FSSW Gates Open at 11:30 a.m.
•   Game of Thrones Theme Nights -- Iron Throne on first base main concourse 
•   Texas Chili Company Dollar Hot Dog Day
•   National Anthem performed by Sydney Anderson
Friday, September 21 vs. Seattle Mariners -- 7:05 p.m. -- FSSW   
•   New Era Alumni Alley -- RHP Mike Adams, 6:00-6:45 p.m. 
•   Veterans Appreciation Night
•   Oktoberfest Theme Night -- west side of ballpark
•   First pitch by United States Air Force retired Brigadier General James Latham
•   T-Mobile Friday Fireworks set to the top plays of 2018 
•   National Anthem performed by Jennifer Nickerson
 
Saturday, September 22 vs. Seattle Mariners -- 7:05 p.m. -- FSSW   
•   New Era Alumni Alley -- C Jim Sundberg, 6:00-6:45 p.m. 
•   Globe Life Field Q&A Session with Rob Matwick and Jack Hill, 6:00-6:30 p.m. -- Hilti Observation Deck
•   Hispanic Heritage Night presented by El Rancho Supermercado 
•   Performance by Mariachi Nueva Era and Mariachi Damas on the concourse before the game
•   Pre-game ballet folklorico performance
•   Whataburger Theme Night
•   National Anthem performed by Norma Valles
•   God Bless America performed by All Fans
 
Sunday, September 23 vs. Seattle Mariners -- 2:05 p.m. -- FSSW Gates Open at 12:30 p.m.  
•   Blue Bell $1 Ice Cream Sunday (youngsters, 13 and younger)
•   2018 Rangers Team Photo giveaway
•   Fan Appreciation Day
•   National Anthem & God Bless America performed by All Fans

The Texas Rangers will wrap up the home portion of the 2018 schedule with a six game homestand against the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners beginning Monday, September 17
 
Tampa Bay arrives for a three game set Monday, September 17; Tuesday, September 18; and Wednesday, September 19. Game time is 7:05 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday before the series wraps up with a 1:05 p.m. matinee on Wednesday. 
 
Winter arrives at Globe Life Park on Monday and lasts through Wednesday, as the Iron Throne from the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones" will be located on the first base main concourse and available for fans to pose for pictures. The line will cut off in the eighth inning each night. 
 
Fans who purchase the special Game of Thrones Theme Night ticket through texasrangers.com/themenights for any of the three games will receive a limited edition, Rougned Odor Game of Thrones bobblehead.  
 
A special $1 Fandemonium Ticket Offer, Presented by 105.3 The Fan, is available for Wednesday's game. Upper box or upper reserved tickets and certain cash parking locations are only $1 with the online coupon code ONE. 
 
Wednesday also marks Texas Chili Company Dollar Hot Dog Day.  
 
The 2018 home schedule concludes with a weekend series against Seattle. The division foes square off at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, September 21, and Saturday, September 22. A 2:05 p.m. matinee on Sunday, September 23, wraps up the series.
 
Beginning Friday and recurring each of the remaining three home games, the Rangers will be giving away vouchers that can be redeemed for select April and May 2019 games at Globe Life Park. Vouchers will not be redeemable until 2019 tickets go on sale in March.  
 
On Friday, the Rangers will pay tribute to the brave men and women who serve or have served in the U.S. Military with Veterans Appreciation Night. Tickets purchased through texasrangers.com/themenights are eligible to receive a military themed Rangers cap. A limited number of hats are available for each branch on a first come, first serve basis.  
 
T-Mobile Friday Fireworks corresponding to highlights from the 2018 season played simultaneously on the videoboard will follow Friday's contest.
 
The Rangers will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night on Saturday. Prior to the game, Mariachi Nueva Era and Mariachi Damas will be performing from 4:45 until 6:45 p.m. on the concourse. And the first 1,000 Theme Night tickets for that night's game purchased through texasrangers.com/themenights will receive a custom El Rancho Texas Rangers soccer jersey.  
 
Saturday is also Whataburger Night. Fans can celebrate two great Texas traditions - the Rangers and Whataburger - by receiving a special Whataburger themed Rangers trucker cap exclusively with tickets purchased through texasrangers.com/themenights. 
 
Fan Appreciation Day is Sunday. Prizes, including autographed balls and jerseys, will be given away every half inning. And everyone will receive the 2018 Texas Rangers Team Photo, which will include the 2019 Rangers schedule.
 
Sunday is also Blue Bell Ice Cream Sunday, with $1 ice cream for those 13 and younger.
 
Tickets can be purchased at texasrangers.com, by calling 972.RANGERS, and at the Globe Life Park in Arlington ticket office.
 
Game-by-game highlights of the homestand:
 
Monday, September 17 vs. Tampa Bay Rays -- 7:05 p.m. -- FSSW  
•   Game of Thrones Theme Nights -- Iron Throne on first base main concourse 
•   National Anthem performed by Prophets & Outlaws
 
Tuesday, September 18 vs. Tampa Bay Rays -- 7:05 p.m. -- FSSW   
•   Game of Thrones Theme Nights - Iron Throne on first base main concourse 
•   Pre-game ceremony to honor Bartolo Colon by officials from his native Dominican Republic
•   First pitch by UTA Alumni Jona Harris, for UTA Night 
•   National Anthem performed by Hannah Blake
 
Wednesday, September 19 vs. Tampa Bay Rays -- 1:05 p.m. -- FSSW Gates Open at 11:30 a.m.
•   Game of Thrones Theme Nights -- Iron Throne on first base main concourse 
•   Texas Chili Company Dollar Hot Dog Day
•   National Anthem performed by Sydney Anderson
Friday, September 21 vs. Seattle Mariners -- 7:05 p.m. -- FSSW   
•   New Era Alumni Alley -- RHP Mike Adams, 6:00-6:45 p.m. 
•   Veterans Appreciation Night
•   Oktoberfest Theme Night -- west side of ballpark
•   First pitch by United States Air Force retired Brigadier General James Latham
•   T-Mobile Friday Fireworks set to the top plays of 2018 
•   National Anthem performed by Jennifer Nickerson
 
Saturday, September 22 vs. Seattle Mariners -- 7:05 p.m. -- FSSW   
•   New Era Alumni Alley -- C Jim Sundberg, 6:00-6:45 p.m. 
•   Globe Life Field Q&A Session with Rob Matwick and Jack Hill, 6:00-6:30 p.m. -- Hilti Observation Deck
•   Hispanic Heritage Night presented by El Rancho Supermercado 
•   Performance by Mariachi Nueva Era and Mariachi Damas on the concourse before the game
•   Pre-game ballet folklorico performance
•   Whataburger Theme Night
•   National Anthem performed by Norma Valles
•   God Bless America performed by All Fans
 
Sunday, September 23 vs. Seattle Mariners -- 2:05 p.m. -- FSSW Gates Open at 12:30 p.m.  
•   Blue Bell $1 Ice Cream Sunday (youngsters, 13 and younger)
•   2018 Rangers Team Photo giveaway
•   Fan Appreciation Day
•   National Anthem & God Bless America performed by All Fans

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Stadiumlinks returns to Globe Life Park

Tickets on sale today at texasrangers.com/stadiumlinks

Arlington, Texas -- This October Globe Life Park will once again be transformed into Stadiumlinks, a one-of-a-kind, nine-hole golf experience.

Tee times are offered across three event days, October 26-28, offering both early morning and evening sessions, ending with the ballpark lights illuminating the entire course under the night sky. Tickets, starting at $75 per person, are on sale starting today.

Arlington, Texas -- This October Globe Life Park will once again be transformed into Stadiumlinks, a one-of-a-kind, nine-hole golf experience.

Tee times are offered across three event days, October 26-28, offering both early morning and evening sessions, ending with the ballpark lights illuminating the entire course under the night sky. Tickets, starting at $75 per person, are on sale starting today.

"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."

Tee time bookings will be available in two-person and four-person registrations. The newly enhanced VIP Package will also be offered during the online booking process. 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.

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 scheduled Stadiumlinks and previously announced Enchant Christmas Event.

"We are excited to welcome Stadiumlinks back to provide another unique experience for Rangers fans and golf enthusiasts alike at Globe Life Park in Arlington," Sr. Vice President of Operations and Events Sean Decker said. "Due to several offseason events, the playing surface is scheduled to be replaced in January and will be in great shape for the 2019 baseball season."

Due to an extremely limited number of tee times available, early registration is strongly recommended. Tickets can be purchased at texasrangers.com/stadiumlinks.

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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Previewing fall Academy scheduling

The Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex Presented by Toyota is gearing up for the fall season of camps, clinics, and leagues. An overview of upcoming activities, along with relevant information, is below.  

On Deck

The Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex Presented by Toyota is gearing up for the fall season of camps, clinics, and leagues. An overview of upcoming activities, along with relevant information, is below.  

On Deck

Youth Academy Fall Training Program: begins Tuesday, September 18

The free training program will occur Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through November 15. 

Academy coaching staff works with baseball and softball players on hitting, fielding, throwing, and defensive strategies. 

More than 1,000 athletes participated in the Academy's summer five week training program which concluded in July. 

Registration is now available at www.rangers.com/academy for athletes ages seven to 18. 

Coming Soon

RBI Fall Baseball and Softball: seasons open Saturday, September 29

Fall RBI baseball and softball games will be played on Saturdays from September 29 through November 17. More scheduling information will be announced in the coming weeks. 

The Academy league is expected to facilitate eight baseball and eight softball teams for the fall season.   

Mercy Street Little League: season begins 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/

On the Horizon

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. 

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Rangers activate Hanser Alberto, recall Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Willie Calhoun

Team purchases contracts of C.D. Pelham and Adrian Sampson

The Texas Rangers today announced the following transactions, bringing the club's active roster to 33 players:

• Infielder Hanser Alberto (#2) activated from 10-day disabled list.
• Right-handed pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx (#56) recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.
• Outfielder Willie Calhoun (#5) recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.
• Right-handed pitcher Adrian Sampson (#52) contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock.
•Left-handed pitcher C.D. Pelham (#64) contract purchased from Double-A Frisco.

The Texas Rangers today announced the following transactions, bringing the club's active roster to 33 players:

• Infielder Hanser Alberto (#2) activated from 10-day disabled list.
• Right-handed pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx (#56) recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.
• Outfielder Willie Calhoun (#5) recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.
• Right-handed pitcher Adrian Sampson (#52) contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock.
•Left-handed pitcher C.D. Pelham (#64) contract purchased from Double-A Frisco.

Alberto, 25, suffered a right hamstring strain when he pinch-hit on August 24 at San Francisco, the same day he had been recalled from Round Rock for his third Major League stint of 2018 (also May 15-June 1 and June 10-13). He was on the disabled list from August 25-September 3. Alberto has gone 1-for-12 (.083) in 6 games/3 starts for Texas, making one start each at second base, third base, and shortstop. He spent the bulk of the year with Round Rock, batting .330/.346/.452/.797 (119-361) with 7 home runs and 58 RBI over 101 games for the Express. In 47 games at Triple-A after the start of July, Alberto batted .367 (65-177) with a .904 OPS figure.

Bibens-Dirkx, 33, has a 2-3 record with a 6.59 ERA (30 ER/41.0 IP) in 10 games/6 starts spanning three stints with the Rangers this season (May 24-29, June 19-July 8, July 20-August 4). He last pitched for Texas on August 3 vs. Baltimore, and his last start with the club came on July 8 at Detroit. He spent the balance of the campaign with the Express, going 3-6 with a 5.68 ERA (52 ER/82.1 IP) and 1.482 WHIP figure over 17 games/15 starts. He last pitched on Wednesday vs. Memphis, taking the loss (5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R-4 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, 2 HR, 100 pitches/58 strikes).

Calhoun, 23, will be in his second big league stint this season, as he was also with Texas from July 20-August 15, spanning Nomar Mazara's stay on the disabled list. Calhoun batted .275 with one home run and 9 RBI in 22 games for Texas since being promoted on July 20, the day Mazara was formally placed on the disabled list. He has spent the balance of the campaign at Round Rock, compiling a .294/.351/.431/.782 (127-432) slash line with 9 home runs, 32 doubles, and 47 RBI in 108 games. His 32 doubles finished tied for 5th-most in the Pacific Coast League, and he was also 5th in the league with a ratio of 10.00 plate appearances per strikeout.

The 26-year-old Sampson will be seeking his first Major League action since he was injured while warming up prior to a scheduled start while with Seattle on June 23, 2016 at Detroit. He spent the entire season with Triple-A Round Rock, going 8-4 with a 3.77 ERA (53 ER/126.2 IP) in 33 games/19 starts. The right-hander went 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA (22 ER/84.2 IP) over his final 14 starts with the Express, allowing 3 runs-or-less in all 14 outings. He last started and earned the win on Sunday at Iowa (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R-ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 75 pitches/49 strikes). Sampson was originally received by Texas on a waiver claim from Seattle on November 2, 2016, and made 8 starts in the Minor Leagues last season as he worked his way back from flexor tendon surgery on June 30, 2016.

Pelham, 23, will be seeking his Major League debut. He combined to go 2-0 with a 3.66 ERA (19 ER/46.2 IP) in 47 relief appearances with High-A Down East and Double-A Frisco in 2018. The left-hander converted each of his 13 save opportunities and averaged 10.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. He last worked on Friday at Midland (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R-ER, 2 SO), the only run he has allowed over 5 appearances since August 21. Pelham held left-handed batters to a .206/.320/.302/.622 slash line in the Minors this season, and has surrendered just one home run in 250 plate appearances vs. left-handed batters in his Minor League career. Pelham was selected by Texas in the 33rd round of the 2015 June Draft out of Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina.

With the addition of Sampson and Pelham to the Major League roster, the Rangers now have a full 40-man roster along with 6 players on the 60-day disabled list.

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Major League Baseball announces Cole Hamels as Texas Rangers nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award

League winner will be selected by a blue ribbon panel, including a fan vote open until September 18th at: MLB.com/clemente21

The 30 Club nominees for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual award for Major League players, were announced today by Major League Baseball. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. 

It was announced that pitcher Cole Hamels is the Texas Rangers nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award. Clubs submitted their Clemente Award nominations to Major League Baseball in early July. Hamels was traded to the Chicago Cubs on July 27.

The 30 Club nominees for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual award for Major League players, were announced today by Major League Baseball. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. 

It was announced that pitcher Cole Hamels is the Texas Rangers nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award. Clubs submitted their Clemente Award nominations to Major League Baseball in early July. Hamels was traded to the Chicago Cubs on July 27.

"The Rangers nominated Cole Hamels for a third consecutive year for the Roberto Clemente Award due to the extraordinary community contributions made by Cole and Heidi Hamels and The Hamels Foundation," said Rangers Chief Operating Officer and Rangers Foundation Chairman Neil Leibman. "Cole is a most worthy candidate for this prestigious award, and we felt it was very appropriate that he remain our 2018 nominee. We thank Cole and Heidi and The Hamels Foundation for the impact they have made."
  
Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente's achievements and character. Wednesday, September 5th marks the seventeenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award. Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day in early September since 2002.  
  
Hamels and The Hamels Foundation will be honored in a pre-game ceremony tomorrow on Roberto Clemente Day. The Hamels Foundation COO Kathy Greene will accept the award on Cole Hamels' behalf. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks. 

During his career, Hamels has donated over $20.6 million to educational and non-profit organizations both domestically and internationally, in the hopes of making a difference in a child's life. This past off-season, Cole and his wife Heidi gifted their 32,000 square foot home on Table Rock Lake, Missouri, including more than 100 acres, to Camp Barnabas. Based in Southwest Missouri, Camp Barnabas is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing life-changing experiences to individuals with special needs and chronic illnesses, as well as their siblings. The gift, valued at $9.5 million, marks the largest donation in the history of Camp Barnabas.  

The Hamels Foundation, founded in 2009 by Cole and Heidi Hamels, provides hope and a brighter future for children by providing financial support for educational opportunities. The Hamels Foundation works to empower children in inner city schools in the United States as well as rural Malawi, Africa. The Hamels Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the power of education by giving children the necessary tools they need in order to achieve their goals. To date, he has donated $5.9 million to underwrite The Hamels Foundation and its mission. In addition, Hamels has donated an additional $4.1 million raised through donors and fundraising events.

In addition to The Hamels Foundation, Hamels has personally donated $1.1 million to various non-profit organizations. During his three years with the Rangers, Hamels collaborated with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in underwriting classrooms at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy and hosted military personnel from area bases as part of his Operation 35 program, underwriting the total cost of $36,000.

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, who will be announced during the 2018 World Series, will be selected among the group of nominees via a blue ribbon panel that includes individuals connected to the game. The blue ribbon panel includes Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., representatives from MLB-affiliated networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN and TBS) and MLB.com, as well as Vera Clemente (the late Roberto's wife & MLB Goodwill Ambassador). Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans can vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award via a dedicated website from Wednesday, September 5th, until Tuesday, September 18th. The winner of the fan vote will count as one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel. Fans are encouraged to vote by visiting the following link: mlb.com/clemente21.

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Rangers activate RHP Bartolo Colon and outfielder Delino DeShields from disabled list, recall LHP Zac Curtis from Round Rock

Curtis will be seeking his Rangers debut

The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has activated right-handed pitcher Bartolo Colon and outfielder Delino DeShields from the 10-day disabled list. The team has also recalled left-handed pitcher Zac Curtis (#50) from Triple-A Round Rock.

Colon was placed on the disabled list on August 24, retroactive to August 21, with a lower back strain. Colon took the loss in his last start on August 20 at Oakland, when he pitched on extra rest after enduring back issues during the club's last homestand. He has a 7-11 record with a 5.45 ERA over 25 games/23 starts for the Rangers this season. With career win no. 246 on August 7 against Seattle, he passed Dennis Martinez for most victories by a native of Latin America in Major League Baseball history.

The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has activated right-handed pitcher Bartolo Colon and outfielder Delino DeShields from the 10-day disabled list. The team has also recalled left-handed pitcher Zac Curtis (#50) from Triple-A Round Rock.

Colon was placed on the disabled list on August 24, retroactive to August 21, with a lower back strain. Colon took the loss in his last start on August 20 at Oakland, when he pitched on extra rest after enduring back issues during the club's last homestand. He has a 7-11 record with a 5.45 ERA over 25 games/23 starts for the Rangers this season. With career win no. 246 on August 7 against Seattle, he passed Dennis Martinez for most victories by a native of Latin America in Major League Baseball history.

DeShields was placed on the disabled list on August 17 with a fracture of the tip of his right middle finger. He sustained the injured finger on an attempted bunt in the 7th inning of the club's game on August 16 against the Angels. DeShields went 2-for-11 with 6 walks and 2 stolen bases on a 4-game injury rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Frisco from Tuesday through Friday. He made 3 starts in center field and one as the designated hitter. DeShields has batted .204 with 2 home runs, 22 RBI, and a team-high 18 stolen bases over 85 games for the Rangers this season.

Curtis, 26, has gone 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA (4 ER/9.0 IP) over 9 relief appearances with Round Rock since he was received by the Rangers from the Philadelphia Phillies in an August 7 waiver claim and optioned to Triple-A. His most recent appearance was last night at Iowa (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 13 pitches). Curtis was designated for assignment by Philadelphia on July 31. He posted no record with a 1.86 ERA (2 ER/9.2 IP) over 7 relief appearances spanning two stints with the Phillies this season (April 30-May 9, June 22-30), allowing 10 walks with 10 strikeouts, also making 33 relief appearances for Lehigh Valley (AAA). Overall at the major league and Triple-A levels this season, opposing batters have compiled a .193 batting average, including a .145/.253/.211/.463 slash line by left-handed hitters.

Curtis has a career 0-1 record with a 3.73 ERA across 34 relief appearances in the majors with Arizona (2016), Seattle (2017), and Philadelphia (2017-18). His last big league appearance came with the Phillies on June 29 vs. Washington (1.1 IP, 0 R).

With the addition of these three players, the Rangers now have 28 active players as part of the expanded September rosters. The club still has 39 players on the team's major league roster, along with 6 players on the 60-day disabled list.

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Rangers acquire Minor League pitchers Abdiel Mendoza and Teodoro Ortega from Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Cory Gearrin

RHP Connor Sadzeck recalled from Round Rock and will be seeking Major League debut

The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has acquired minor league right-handed pitchers Abdiel Mendoza and Teodoro Ortega from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for right-handed pitcher Cory Gearrin. Additionally, the Rangers have recalled right-handed pitcher Connor Sadzeck (#59) from Triple-A Round Rock.

Gearrin has gone 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA (6 ER/21.1 IP) over 21 relief appearances for Texas since being acquired in a July 8 trade with San Francisco. Overall this season, he has a 2-1 record with one save and a 3.51 ERA with the Giants and Rangers.

The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has acquired minor league right-handed pitchers Abdiel Mendoza and Teodoro Ortega from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for right-handed pitcher Cory Gearrin. Additionally, the Rangers have recalled right-handed pitcher Connor Sadzeck (#59) from Triple-A Round Rock.

Gearrin has gone 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA (6 ER/21.1 IP) over 21 relief appearances for Texas since being acquired in a July 8 trade with San Francisco. Overall this season, he has a 2-1 record with one save and a 3.51 ERA with the Giants and Rangers.

Sadzeck, 26, will be active for tonight's series opener against the Minnesota Twins, seeking his major league debut. He has spent the bulk of the season with Triple-A Round Rock, posting a 5-3 record with a 5.21 ERA (17 ER/38.0 IP) and 1.368 WHIP figure. He has held Pacific Coast League opponents to a .254 batting average with 16 walks and 54 strikeouts, averaging 10.2 strikeouts per 9 innings and holding right-handed batters to a .221 average and .624 OPS. Sadzeck was on the Express disabled list from June 22-August 8 with a left oblique strain, a stint which included a 3-game injury rehabilitation assignment with the Arizona League Rangers.

Sadzeck had 2 appearances for the Rangers this spring, allowing 4 runs in 1.0 inning of work before he was optioned to Round Rock on March 13. The Rangers' 11th round selection in the 2011 June draft, Sadzeck transitioned to a relief role in the middle of the 2017 campaign.

Mendoza, who turns 20 on September 19, has gone 2-3 with a 3.32 ERA (21 ER/57.0 IP) over 13 games/10 starts with Rookie-level Vermont in the New York-Penn League. The Panama native was signed by Oakland on July 2, 2015 and has held opposing batters to a .227 average over 38 games/17 starts in his first three professional seasons.

The 18-year-old Ortega was 3-1 with a 2.11 ERA (10 ER/42.2 IP) over 14 games/6 starts with the DSL Athletics this season. The Panama native signed with Oakland as a non-drafted dree agent on July 31, 2017 and made his professional debut with the DSL Athletics this season.

The Rangers now have 39 players on the club's major league roster, along with 6 players on the 60-day disabled list.

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