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Rangers' Keone Kela Proud to Represent Hawaii, Looks to 2016

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    Kela Hoping for a Better 2016

    Rangers fans loved watching pitcher Keone Kela bring the heat as a rookie last season. (Published Monday, March 21, 2016)

    Rangers fans loved watching pitcher Keone Kela bring the heat as a rookie last season.

    Kela had a 2.39 ERA in 2015, and feels like that success could be a real launching point to an even better 2016.

    "Sometimes I forget I have one year of service time under my belt now," Kela said. "I wouldn't say I'm comfortable now, but I am definitely more knowledgeable about what I need to do."

    Kela also has a lot of support from his extended family's long-time home where he used to spend summers growing up. Keone's grandparents lived in Hawaii, which he says is his favorite place in the world.

    "When I think of Hawaii, I think of family and the culture, because it's a lot different than how we live our lives here on the mainland," Kela said. "The necessities are minimal there. I wake up every morning wearing flip flops, shorts and a T-shirt. I don't have to keep up with the Joneses."

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