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In the vacillating world of sports success and popularity, DFW’s baseball team is suddenly a distant third in the pecking order. A combination of a football division title, a sexy basketball trade and a 95-loss season will do that trick.
For the Rangers to emerge from the cellar and again be a relevant player with hopes of a postseason, they’ll need some help next season. Some luck. Some health. And some gifts from Santa.
Why not keep the needy in your thoughts this Holiday season and cross your fingers that Ol’ Saint Nick brings the Rangers what they need in 2015:
*A healthy Prince Fielder: As important as Yu Darvish is to the pitching staff, he is as vital to the offense. And he only supplies three homers and 16 RBI again, everything else the Rangers do will be inconsequential.
*A productive Shin-Soo Choo: At his best, he’s one of baseball’s best table-setters. He needs to avoid injury, and regain the step he’s seemingly lost.
*A bright idea in left field: With Justin Upton off the market, the Rangers are seriously contemplating flinging Mitch Moreland out there. Yikes. They need a gift here, from somewhere.
*Derek Holland: He needs to be less goofy, and a lot less clumsy.
*Neftali Feliz: He needs to find his fastball, and his 2011 confidence.
With these seemingly small gifts, the Rangers can again be a winning team. Is that too much to ask?
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.