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Friday newsletter time: Best DFW stop on Rangers Winter Caravan is Saturday

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The best of the annual Rangers Winter Caravan stops in the Metroplex arrives Saturday at Double A Frisco.

Starting at 11 a.m., right-hander Josh Sborz, outfielder J.P. Martínez, infielder Justin Foscue, third-base coach Tony Beasley, hitting coach Donnie Ecker, radio man Matt Hicks and Frisco and Rangers alumnus Derek Holland will be at Riders Field to sign autographs and talk baseball.

There’s a lot to talk about with spring training starting Feb. 14.

Foscue spent Thursday in Round Rock for a caravan stop with the Triple A affiliate, where he spent all of 2023. He’s on the 40-man roster now, after being protected from the Rule 5 draft, and has a chance to get an extended look and an opportunity to make the Rangers’ Opening Day roster.

Be sure to spend time listening to Beasley, one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and to Ecker, who will teach you something about hitting.

Make sure to dress warmly. Temperatures will be in the 30s, which is not warm.

Once the stop ends, head over to the Dallas Card Show in Allen. Marcus Semien and Josh Jung are signing autographs Saturday, but they are not signing them for free. The same goes for Sunday, when Evan Carter and Cody Bradford will be signing.

Repeat: Not free.

The caravan continues next week, and Rangers Fan Fest is set for next weekend at Globe Life Field.

Podcast recap

For those who couldn’t make it to the inaugural live Rangers Today Baseball Podcast stop, you missed out. Not to rub it in or anything.

A large crowd stopped by Hop & Sting Brewing Co. in Grapevine to hear from Sborz, pitching coach Mike Maddux, Hicks and Holland talk ball, missed Valentine’s Days, Michigan football and Hicks calling Super Bowl VI as a sixth-grader.

Some audio issues bit us, but they were just a minor speed bump on an otherwise fun night.

There are plans for more live shows with details TBA.

This might end up being an audio-only episode, which is fine. Follow @rangers_podcast to make sure you don’t missed.

Video of our latest studio show is below with left-hander Cody Bradford.


Some actual things have happened this week and are going to be happening this weekend, signs that baseball season is drawing closer. Next week should generate even more news, especially next weekend after the media gets time with players in town for Fan Fest. Our latest content is below, in case you missed it:

T.R.’s Memoirs: Rangers in the Hall

Wyatt Langford to big-league camp

Flawed Diamond

Rangers’ international haul

How I voted for the Hall of Fame

Jeff Wilson on Facebook

Get Rangers World Series gear

Doggy video!

Just sit back and enjoy the ride. See you next week.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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