Thursday newsletter time: Rangers World Series artifacts in new Hall exhibit
(Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame)
The National Baseball Hall of Fame collected items from the Rangers shortly after their World Series triumph Nov. 1. Now, those items are on display in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The exhibit, Autumn Glory, will run through the end of the 2024 postseason, meaning that Rangers fans who flock to upstate New York in July to see Adrian Beltre inducted in the Hall can also see the artifacts during a tour of the museum.
The Rangers donated the following items:
• Game-worn hat from manager Bruce Bochy (no truth to the rumor that it was delivered separately to accommodate its size)
• Batting helmet from Corey Seager, the World Series MVP
• The glove glove Josh Sborz spiked into the ground when recording the final out of the clinching game
• Batting gloves that rookie Evan Carter wore while collecting a postseason-record nine doubles
• Game-worn jersey and elbow guard from Marcus Semien, who put Game 5 away with a ninth-inning home run
• Hat and spikes used by Nathan Eovaldi over six scoreless innings in Game 5
• World Series luggage tag belonging to Will Smith, the first player in history to win three consecutive World Series while playing for three different teams
Between these artifacts and Beltre, not to mention additional programming featuring the Rangers that the Hall plans to announce for the spring, 2024 is the year for Rangers fans to make the trek to the Hall of Fame. Give yourself time to get there, as there isn’t an easy way (I’ve flown into Syracuse and driven about two hours), and plan on a couple of visits to the museum just to take in all that it has to offer.
One less trade target?
The Dodgers continue to make noise in the offseason and appear determined to create a super team.
They met Tuesday with free-agent right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto and reportedly have discussed a trade for Rays righty Tyler Glasnow.
Glasnow is entering his final year of a contract extension that will pay him $25 million. That’s outrageous money for the Rays, who drew only 19,000 for a playoff game. That’s not going to pay a lot of bills.
Other starting pitchers are potentially available via trade, such as Corbin Burnes (Brewers), Shane Bieber (Guardians) and Dylan Cease (White Sox).
The free-agent pool remains deep, though it’s not entirely clear where Rangers are swimming. The Rangers want to re-sign Jordan Montgomery but understand that he could land a better offer elsewhere.
Right-hander Tommy Hunter, who was drafted by the Rangers in 2007 and made his MLB debut for them the next year, announced his retirement Wednesday after 16 seasons.
Hunter was a starter when he arrived to the majors but transitioned to a bullpen role later in his career after the Rangers traded him to Baltimore in 2011. He pitched for seven teams, including the last three with the Mets. Each season, though, he was plagued by injuries.
A favorite Hunter memory came after the 2010 American League Championship Series, which the Rangers won in six games. During the post-clinch celebration, Hunter doused TNT analyst Craig Sager with beer or champagne or both. Just completely drenched him.
Sager, who was known for the wacky suits he wore while reporting courtside for NBA games, didn’t seem particularly happy, but he was also a terrific guy and played it off. Hunter, who apparently wasn’t a basketball fan, said that he had no idea who Sager was.
Me, waiting for the Rangers to sign a starting pitcher. Enjoy.
Mood.. 😂 pic.twitter.com/nN3W4OYjWu
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