In the Cheap Seats: In retrospect, Rangers doing more than wheeling and dealing
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

April 20, 2006 - While I was glancing through the early Major League Baseball stats, a name popped up that Ranger fans will be interested in.

Remember Chris Young? He was the promising rookie pitcher who won 12 games for the Rangers last year, then got shipped to San Diego in December in a swap for Adam Eaton. Well, Eaton's on the 60-day disabled list - maybe he'll be able to pitch again after the All-Star break - while Young is already 2-0 with a nice little 2.95 ERA in three starts.

Maybe Eaton will return healthy and productive. Or maybe the same finger injury that has sidelined him for huge chunks of the last two seasons will continue to be problem.


What a Trade - Looking back through the transaction files, Ranger fans will also be interested to know that in giving up Alex Rodriguez, widely considered the best talent in baseball, Texas now has strikeout-happy outfielder Brad Wilkerson and Double-A pitcher Armando Galarraga. That's who they got in return for Alfonso Soriano - the original trade bait for A-Rod. The Rangers did get one more spare part, outfielder Termel Sledge, who has since been traded for a few trinkets and sparkly rhinestones. ... I don't want to pick too much on new Rangers GM Jon Daniels, but I have little faith in someone who tutored under John Hart. ... By they way, Hart is still on the Rangers' payroll. So is A-Rod, who Ranger owner Tom Hicks paid the Yankees to take off his hands.


What's In a Name? - Tyler ISD is thinking of naming the playing field at district's football stadium in honor of Earl Campbell, the sensational running back whose resume needs not be repeated here. If it happens, it will be Earl Campbell Field at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. Is it too nostalgic to just call it Rose Stadium? ... Looking around the area, there will be new head football coaches at quite a few East Texas schools next year. Among them are Sulphur Springs (Greg Owens), Lindale (Mike Meador), Greenville (Jeff Cordell), Mount Vernon (Charles Swann), Mount Pleasant (no one yet), Mineola (unnamed), Rivercrest (no one yet), Cooper (unnamed), Henderson (Dickie Meeks from Mount Vernon), Harmony (Shane Wilson), Alba-Golden (Paul Frye), Canton (Lance Angel from Cooper), Gladewater (Scott Callaway from Big Sandy), Pittsburg (unnamed), Terrell (unnamed), Kaufman (Todd York from Terrell) and Wylie (Bill Howard).


Can He Play? - UT quarterback Vince Young continues to tumble down most analyst's pre-draft boards. It was bound to happen because as the most intriguing of the top picks, he was going to be the most scrutinized. The only real question I have is, "Can he make plays?" All the answers you need were in the Rose Bowl.

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