cannot stand for such a breach of the law. Bruce Bochy of the Rangers is incredibly embarrassed after they are unexpectedly forced to suspend him!

Whitey Herzog, who died last month at 92, is best known for leading the St. Louis Cardinals to three National League pennants and a World Series title in the 1980s with an explosively fast team that stole bases at will. Mostly forgotten, however, is his humbling managerial debut a decade earlier in Texas, when he was fired after less than one season and replaced by Billy Martin. It was, he would later say, an experience he regretted, but it provided a colorful start to what became a Hall of Fame managerial career.

Texas Rangers owner Bob Short hired Herzog to be his manager in November 1972 after Herzog helped build the 1969 World Series champion New York Mets as the team’s director of player development. Many thought Herzog would be the next Mets manager, but when skipper Gil Hodges died before the 1972 season, New York hired Yogi Berra instead.

Unlike the Mets, who would win the NL pennant in 1973, the Rangers were not considered a plum franchise. They started as the expansion Washington Senators in the 1960s, managing just one winning record in 11 seasons, before moving to Arlington, Tex., for the 1972 season. In their first year there, under Manager Ted Williams, the renamed Rangers finished an MLB-worst 54-100. With four games remaining in the season, Williams announced he would not return the following year.

When Herzog, 40, was named the new manager about a month later, he said he would ditch some of Williams’s “by-the-book” rules and might reverse his predecessor’s reliance on platoons.

“I don’t want to criticize Ted, but Biittner can hit left‐handed pitching,” he said, referring to young first baseman Larry Biittner, who was mostly limited to batting against righties.

“I had a good job. It paid well and the Mets are a heck of an organization, but everybody who was ever a player wants to manage in the big leagues,” said Herzog, who played for eight seasons, starting with the original Senators in 1956. “I talked with Ted Williams in September, and he said he wasn’t going to come back. He said why didn’t I send Mr. Short a wire. So I did.”

Years later, Herzog clearly had second thoughts. He recalled Williams touting the Rangers as a team on the rise.

Texas Rangers reliever Josh Sborz will head to the 15-day injured list for the second time this season with a right rotator cuff strain, the same injury that put him on the injured list in April.

Sborz was placed on the IL on April 7 with a right rotator cuff strain. He returned on April 25 after a short rehab stint.

The right-hander left the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader with the Oakland Athletics after throwing eight pitches in the sixth inning, seven of which were balls. Rangers trainer Matt Lucero and pitching coach Mike Maddux checked on Sborz after the eighth pitch and led him off the field to meet Rangers manager Bruce Bochy.

Sborz left the game with shoulder tightness, according to Bochy.

The Rangers have not yet announced who will replace Sborz. Sborz is eligible to return on May 24.

The Rangers are at the 40-man roster limit, so it’s likely Sborz’s replacement is already on the 40-man. With Sborz going on the IL, the Rangers can call up a player they recently optioned.

In between injuries, Sborz has been exceptional for the Rangers in a set-up role.

He is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA, allowing one earned run in 5 1/3 innings in seven games. He has struck out five and held right-handed batters to a .143 batting average.

The Rangers’ starting rotation is battered right now. Six starters are hurt, with four of them on the 15-day injured list — Cody Bradford, Dane Dunning, Nathan Eovaldi and Max Scherzer.

Meanwhile, the bullpen’s top performers have been David Robertson — who threw two scoreless innings after Sborz left the game — and Kirby Yates, who has seven saves this season.

Two of the most iconic managers in modern baseball history will face off in the 2023 American League Championship Series.

The Championship Series between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros will feature Rangers skipper Bruce Bochy matching strategy from the dugout with Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker.

It doesn’t get more competitive than having two of the most celebrated managers in the game facing one another in a crucial playoff series.

This classic Texas showdown between two of baseball’s most complete teams will send the winner to the World Series.

Both teams play in the American League West Division.

The best-of-seven series begins Sunday October 15, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, home of the Astros.

The Texas rivals have never met in the postseason.

By virtue of their regular season records, the Astros will have home park advantage in the series.

In the American League Championship Series, the first two games will be played at Minute Maid.

Games 3, 4, and 5 (if needed) will be played at the Rangers Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

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