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The Debate Over The Nolan Ryan Statue At The Globe

Nolan Ryan Statue

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Nolan Ryan is forever linked to the state of Texas. The Hall of Fame pitcher took the mound wearing both the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros uniform during his illustrious career.  Three of his seven career no-hitters happened in those uniforms (two with Texas, one with Houston). His number is retired by both franchises.

The Rangers will soon be taking the field at a brand new stadium. They will leave the comforts of Globe Life Park for a new home in 2020. No need to worry, Tax Hike Friendly Ballpark will be in the same vicinity as the current one so no extra mileage is needed when making those spring and summer trips to witness “Baseball Time in Arlington.”

Right now, you are probably asking yourself “what do these two have in common?” The answer is simple – a statue.

The million dollar question is whether the Nolan Ryan statue currently at The Globe will be moved to the new ballpark. Now is when things get fun.

Ryan didn’t exactly leave Arlington on the best of terms with the Rangers. He retired as the Rangers president and CEO in 2013 after a well-documented power struggle with team president and general manager Jon Daniels. It was like a bad divorce. The Rangers made their only World Series trips in 2010 and 2011 with those two in the front office. That was all that was left after the separation.

As fate would have it, Ryan was then hired by the Astros in 2014 as an executive advisor to owner Jim Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow. His son, Reid Ryan, is the Astros president. Basically, Ryan lends his voice whenever needed.

Once again, a team tied with Nolan Ryan on the office payroll is playing in the World Series, this time for the Rangers’ heated in-state rival Houston. Maybe that bothers part of Rangers Nation and those on “Team Daniels.” Maybe it doesn’t.

That leads us back to that statue of the Hall of Famer at The Globe. Does the fact that Ryan now works for the Rangers biggest rival warrant enough displeasure to leave that statue behind when the move to the new ballpark is made? Some may think so. Then again, we are talking about the best pitcher to ever put on a Rangers uniform. Is that enough to let the statue live on in Arlington?

Let the debate begin.

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Season May Be Over For Adrian Beltre Due To Hamstring Strain

Texas Rangers v Houston Astros

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The Texas Rangers are barely staying in the A.L. wild card race. If they are to make a move and climb up the standings, they will do it without Adrian Beltre.

The Rangers third baseman is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks due to a Grade 2 hamstring strain. The recovery time could carry into the final weekend of the regular season. Beltre appears optimistic that he will be back this season. However, chances of seeing the captain back on the field to finish out 2017 may be unlikely unless the Rangers somehow manage to sneak into the playoffs.

Beltre suffered the injury fielding a grounder during the seventh inning in Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros in Florida. Beltre would leave the game with Drew Robinson taking over the hot spot.  Joey Gallo was already in the lineup, seeing time at both first base and left field. Gallo will likely take over at third just like he did when Beltre missed the first 51 games of the season with a strained calf.

Beltre was hitting .315 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI’s in 80 games this season prior to the injury. He collected his 3,000 career hit in July, making him the 31st player in major league history to reach the milestone.

This will be the first time Beltre plays in fewer than 100 games in a season since his rookie year with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1997.

The Rangers also activated reliever Jake Diekman from the 60-day disabled list. Diekman has not played this season after undergoing surgery for chronic ulcerative colitis.

The Los Angeles Angels make the trip to The Globe for a three-game series starting on Friday. Cole Hamels gets the start for the Rangers in the series-opener. The Rangers ace is 9-2 with a 3.78 ERA this season. The Angels are a game and a half out of the final A.L. wild card spot while the Rangers are four games out.