As if you needed another reminder of a Rangers’ season slowly circling the drain, tune in to this year’s Major League All-Star Game. As in, they’ll have their fewest representatives on the field in seven years.
With only pitcher Yu Darvish and third baseman Adrian Beltre at Minneapolis’ Target Field on July 15, the Rangers will be as absent from the mid-Summer classic as they’ve been since getting only Michael Young to the game in 2007.
In ’08 the Rangers had three players make the game, three in ’09, five in ’10, four in ’11, a whopping eight – Joe Nathan, Ian Kinsler, Matt Harrison, Darvish, Elvis Andrus, Josh Hamilton, Beltre and Mike Napoli – in ’12 and three last year.
Can’t really make a legit argument for any other Rangers’ inclusion. It’s been a first half of bad injuries and worse baseball.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.