Chi Chi Gonzalez’s 2017 goal: throw more strikes








By: Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)


DALLAS — The Texas Rangers enter spring training with a with a bit of uncertainty surrounding their bullpen, but one pitcher is focused on being a better version of himself to help the overall situation.


“My main goal is throw more strikes,” said pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez at an appearance Wednesday to present a $10,000 grant to help expand the Oak Cliff Angles baseball program.


The 23rd overall pick by Texas in the 2013 amateur draft from Oral Roberts appeared in three games last year and lost two games with an 8.71 earned run average. He had seven strikeouts but nine walks along with a home run. This after a 2015 campaign where he went 4-6 and having a 3.90 earned run average.

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Pudge Rodriguez “honored” to be elected to Hall of Fame

Pudge Rodriguez dons his National Baseball Hall of Fame cap.



By: Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)


ARLINGTON, Tx. — Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday evening. Rodriguez had four votes above the 75 percent floor, the fewest such votes for a first ballot Hall-of-Famer since Jackie Robinson in 1962.


“I’m out of words,” said Rodriguez at a press conference at Globe Life Park. “Growing up in my childhood town of Vega Baja and playing baseball at six or seven and be able to receive the Hall of Fame news an hour and a half ago, I think it was a great honor to me. First of all, I want to say thanks to all the media to select me this year as a first ballot Hall-of-Famer. I know it’s not easy to be in the Hall of Fame as a first timer. But it’s a dream come true to me.”


Barry Norton writing new chapter as Arkansas High AD, head football coach








By: Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)


TEXARKANA, Ark. — The Texarkana Arkansas School District officially introduced new head football coach and athletic director Barry Norton at a press conference at the school district’s board of trustees chambers Wednesday.


Norton, who has served the same capacity for Texas High since 1999, said the move is a “new chapter” for the 52-year old.


“It’s a new chapter for me,” said Norton, who compiled a 156-52-1 record with the Tigers. “It’s a new chapter for Arkansas High. I think it’s going to be a long one and I think it’s going to be a fun one. I look forward to it. I look forward to every step along the way. I know it’s going to be a great challenge, a challenge that I’m up to. I know we’re up to. Dr. [Becky] Kesler and the administration are committed to making this a great thing and I’m looking forward to the journey all the way through.”


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