January 2006

Welcome T.R.

For those of you who have not heard yet, today is the first day of what should transpire to be a great thing for Rangers fans and readers of mlb.com and texasrangers.com.

T.R. Sullivan, who has covered the Rangers for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more years than he probably cares to remember, begins today (Jan. 19) as the Rangers beat writer for texasrangers.com and mlb.com.

T.R. wrote a final column for the Star-Telegram this past Sunday for the paper which can be read here: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/sports/baseball/mlb/texas_rangers/13632659.htm

T.R.’s talents as a writer should bring the readers right into the minds of the Rangers executives, coaching staff and players. 

I know he will be missed at the Star-Telegram but we are happy to have him around the club everyday with the added bonus for readers of posting stories and news in an instant instead of waiting for the paper the next morning.

Jesse Sanchez and Robert Falkoff have done a great job of covering the club over the past few years and they are not going anywhere either.  Jesse is going to concentrate writing more for mlb.com’s Spanish-language section of the site while Robert becomes a general assignment writer.  I’m sure you will see both of their by-lines on the Rangers and league site many times not only this year but in the future.  I would also like to personally thank them for their work covering the club.

Let’s again welcome T.R. to the MLB "family" if you will.  I think all Ranger and baseball fans are looking foward to not only your first story but the thousands that will come in the future.

Welcome.

Town Hall Recap

The first of the three Town Hall Meetings took place last night at Academy Sports in Grapevine.  A crowd of about 250 people were on hand to ask questions and get autographs from the Rangers personnel in attendance.

President Jeff Cogen, GM Jon Daniels, Jim Sundberg, broadcasters Tom Grieve and Victor Rojas and players Brian Shouse and Thomas Diamond met the fans and answered their questions.

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The fans asked questions for 45 minutes and then got in line to have a chance to ask more questions to the panel and get autographs.

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From talking to some of the fans in attendance they all seemed to have a great time and enjoyed the experience.

There are two more of these Town Hall meetings coming up and I hope Rangers fans will get the chance to come out and meet us and ask questions.

Here are where the last two will be beginning with this evening’s in Dallas.

Wednesday, January 12 6:00-7:30 p.m.                                                             
Academy Sports & Outdoors Dallas, 8050 Forest Lane                                                                              
Thomas Diamond, Brian Shouse, Don Wakamatsu, Jeff Cogen, Thad Levine    
Jim Sundberg, Tom Grieve, and Eric Nadel

                                                                                                                                                                                  
Tuesday, January 17                                                                              
Academy Sports & Outdoors Arlington, 1100 West Arbrook Blvd                                                                  
Gary Matthews Jr., Josh Rupe, Don Wakamatsu, Jeff Cogen,                                                                  
Jon Daniels, Jim Sundberg, Tom Grieve, and Victor Rojas

We all hope to see you there.

First Town Hall Meeting On Tap

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and with the new year it is time to think about baseball again.

With that in mind we are holding the first of three "Town Hall Meetings" tomorrow night here in the Metroplex.  All three of them are being held at Academy Sports locations.

The first two are this week and here are the details with who will be there.

This will be a great opportunity to meet these Rangers players and front office staff in a casual atmosphere.  There will also be a chance for everyone to ask questions as well.  Hope to see you there.

Town Hall Meeting #1: Wednesday, January 11 6:00-7:30 p.m.     

Academy Sports & Outdoors Grapevine, 1523 State Hwy. 114 West   

Thomas Diamond, Brian Shouse, Don Wakamatsu, Jeff Cogen, Jon Daniels,

            Jim Sundberg, Tom Grieve, and Victor Rojas     

   

Town Hall Meeting #2: Thursday, January 12 6:00-7:30 p.m.    

Academy Sports & Outdoors Dallas, 8050 Forest Lane     

Thomas Diamond, Brian Shouse, Don Wakamatsu, Jeff Cogen, Thad Levine  

Jim Sundberg, Tom Grieve, and Eric Nadel