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Un Titán de Grandes Ligas

Después de que cada equipo disputó 162 partidos, hoy arranca la postemporada de la Grandes Ligas con la participación de los ocho mejores equipos de la Major League Baseball. Afuera quedaron equipos como los Rangers de Texas y los Yankees de Nueva York que también se tuvieron que despedir de uno de sus grandes ídolos de todos los tiempos, el campocorto Derek Jeter. Pero adentro esta el gran brazo de Justin Verlander con los Tigres de Detroit, la experiencia de Albert Pujols con los Angelinos de Anaheim y sin a la ofensiva hay que estar al pendiente de lo que haga Adrián González con los Dodgers de Los Angeles.

“El Titán” de 32 años se ha venido consolidando como uno de los mejores bates de la liga. Iniciando su carrera profesional con la novena de Arlington (Rangers) en el 2004, diez años después terminó la temporada regular con la mayor cantidad de carreras impulsadas que cualquier otro pelotero de la Liga Nacional con 116, casi uno por juego. El cuatro veces seleccionado al Juego de las Estrellas tuvo una temporada de ensueño conectando 27 cuadrangulares y promediando .276 en sus 591 llamados a la caja de bateo.

En un equipo acostumbrado a la fama, fue difícil sobresalir por mucho tiempo para el oriundo de San Diego California. Desde temprana edad su talento se hizo notar para los equipos de las mayores. En el 2000 fue contratado por los Marlins de Miami, pero una lesión puso a temblar a los propietarios de su carta que no dudaron en traspasarlos a los Rangers en el 2004. De ahí ha pasado por Texas, San Diego, Boston hasta llegar a su actual equipo en el 2012.

En las temporadas pasadas fue Yasiel Puig quien robaba cámara en el equipo donde uno de los propietarios es el mítico Magic Johnson. Hoy por hoy, el primera base de los Dodgers cuenta con un palmarés que quizá supere al del mismo Puig. Además de sus varios llamados al Juego de las Estrellas, Gónzalez ha representado a México en tres ocasiones en el Clásico Mundial de Béisbol, en el 2009 fue nombrado el MVP de la Serie del Caribe

Ahora su equipo iniciará la postemporada contra los Cardenales de San Luis quienes ganaron la división central de la Liga Nacional. El rival en turno terminó la temporada con récord de 90-72. Sin duda que los Dodgers tienen en Gónzalez su mejor arma para poder llegar a disputar y hasta ganar el clásico de otoño, esperando que la mecha del Titán no se apague.

Adrián Gonzalez y Earvin Johnson (Zimbio.com)
Adrián González y Earvin Johnson (Zimbio.com)

MLB Playoffs: Detroit Tigers vs Baltimore Orioles — Kansas City Royals vs Anaheim Angels —- San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals — Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals

Lone Rangers

The 2013 Major League Baseball Season was destined to be a comeback season for the Texas Rangers who missed the postseason for the first time in four years after falling to the Tampa Bay Rays at home during their wild-card game at the “Rangers Ballpark”. After 163 games everyone in the Texas Clubhouse was sent home for early vacations.

There were some changes made to the roster made during the offseason including Nelson Cruz who did not renew his contract and fled away to the Baltimore Orioles. He now celebrates clinching the American League East Title with his new team. Cruz, had missed 50 games of the previous season after being caught in the biogenesis scandal. Before that, he had been one of Arlington’s most prominent hitters with 157 home runs in eight years with the team. The team and fans took an even bigger hit when Ian Kinsler, took off towards Detroit to play with the Tigers. He is also enjoying current success as his team leads the Central Division of the American League.

Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder came to Texas looking to heal the open wounds Cruz, Kinsler and an early elimination in the previous season had on fans and the organization. They were brought in as people with experience who would help a squad with many call-ups from the minor league team. For many years Nolan Ryan had been the one making those type of calls, but with his resignation during the offseason, John Daniels took the spotlight and was under a lot of pressure to try and imitate what Ryan did with helping the team get to the World Series two times in a row as President of Baseball Operations.

Things have not worked the way Daniels, the team and fans would have wanted it. Some call it the Ryan affect, others bad luck and others are more critical and blame it on Daniels. Whatever it is, the team with a new stadium name (Globe Life Park) is looking forward to shutting its doors on September 28 when they host the Oakland Athletics to end the season prematurely once again.

The problems with the team got worst when skipper (manager) Ron Washington decided to resign on September 5th while the team was facing a long losing streak. He did not comment about his resignation at the time and only said it had nothing to do with the team, but a personal matter. After almost eight seasons as the leader of the team, Washington had a record of 664-611 left the clubhouse as the manager with the most wins in franchise history. The speculations about why he had left the team before the season was over ended today as Washington in 210 seconds addressed the media about the issue.

“I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke her trust. I’m here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her and to those I disappointed and those who have trusted in me. I let them down”, said the 62 year-old man who had her wife alongside him during the speech as he said goodbye to the team, fans and the entire metroplex area.

Now the Texas Rangers with a 59-92 record up to this point in the current season may only be motivated to spoil other teams chances. Rangers fans deserve a winning team and one that may hopefully win the first World-Series in franchise history. For that, a new chapter in Texas Rangers history will be written starting April 7, 2015 away against the Athletics.

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