Astros stealing Rangers thunder

The Houston Astros have taken the big leap forward while the Texas Rangers continue to fall behind.

Updated: February 12, 2004, 8:45 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • Is the Pirates situation hopeless? While other teams in their division have added some pretty impressive talent to go along with an already talented array, all Pittsburgh has done is -- well, let Mike Prisuta of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tell it. He's not much looking forward to the 2004 season at PNC Park.

  • Larry Stone of the Seattle Times eulogizes the late Hub Kittle, pitching coach extraordinaire. He is remembered as a larger-than-life character who made a big impression on every one he ever met.

  • Is Texas big enough for two major league teams? Of course. In fact, it could probably handle a third. But which of the two has the upper hand in terms of impact on the public consciousness? Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News says the Houston Astros have taken the big leap forward while the Texas Rangers continue to fall behind. The most telling incident was the loss of the services of Nolan Ryan. The Hall of Fame pitcher has taken his act to the Astros after being a wasted resource for the Rangers, Fraley writes.

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    Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.
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