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T.R.’s Memoirs: Best shape of your life? Out of an abundance of caution, read these Texas Rangers spring tales


Editor’s note: T.R. Sullivan covered the Texas Rangers over 32 years for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and MLB.com and is sharing his “memoirs” with this newsletter. Spring training is upon us and T.R. shares a few memories of spring training. Just a few. There are many, many more.

A crime wave swept over Sarasota County on Friday.

Crockett and Tubbs weren’t called in, but a deputy sheriff was on the ball to arrest Texas Rangers pitchers Mike Jeffcoat and John Barfield for trespassing while fishing.

Those were the lead paragraphs to the first story I ever filed from spring training. This was back in 1989, when the Rangers were still in Port Charlotte, Fla., and I was in my first year as a Rangers beat writer.

I was the backup to Tony DeMarco, who kindly let me do the police beat my first day in camp.

You see, Jeffcoat and Barfield decided to do a little fishing on a six-acre lake just off I-75 north of Port Charlotte. Unbeknownst to the two Arkansas natives, the lake was on private property.

That’s when Barney Fife showed up. Crockett and Tubbs were Miami Vice.

T.R. Sullivan

T.R. is a Military Brat and graduate of the University of San Francisco who retired in 2020 after a 40-year career with the Denison Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and MLB.Com. He covered the Texas Rangers for 32 years.

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