07/24/10 8:51 PM ET
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By Chris Cox / MLB.com
Grieve inducted into Rangers Hall of Fame
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers officially inducted Tom Grieve into the club's Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Ballpark in Arlington.Honored 30 minutes before the first pitch between the Rangers and Angels, several former players and coaches joined the Grieve family for his induction, while other members of the Rangers' Hall of Fame -- including current president Nolan Ryan -- were on the field for the ceremony. Grieve came in on the back of a Lexus that emerged from left field, before receiving a framed letter from former president and Rangers owner George W. Bush congratulating him on his honor. Afterward, former president Tom Schieffer spoke of why Grieve -- who becomes the 13th member of the Rangers' Hall -- was the right person to receive the honor. "When I think of Tom Grieve, I think of honesty and decency. Of fairness and integrity," Schieffer said. "But most of all I think of a man who loves his family and loves this special game we call baseball." After Schieffer read the inscription on his Hall of Fame plaque, Grieve took the podium to a standing ovation from the large crowd on hand. It was afterward that he thanked former teammates, coaches, front office associates and everyone else associated with his 43 years with the Rangers as a player, general manager and broadcaster. "I've said many times that my goal as a child was to be a baseball player. For that to have happened was a dream come true," Grieve said. "To be able to stay in baseball after my playing career has been icing on the cake. To have been associated with this franchise has been a privilege." Finally, he thanked the fans that have supported him over the years before receiving another standing ovation.
Afterward, he took a lap around the warning track on the back of the Lexus before heading up to the broadcast booth to call the game."I share a deep appreciation and immense sense of gratitude to you, our fans," Grieve said. "For your kind words, support and all that you've meant to me and my family."
Teagarden called up in place of Treanor
ARLINGTON -- Catcher Taylor Teagarden is happy to be back with the big league club.Teagarden was called up from Double-A Frisco on Saturday to replace the injured Matt Treanor, who went on the disabled list with a strained right PCL he suffered on Friday against the Angels. "Being down in Double-A and the team doing as well as they have up here, it's not easy for me to think about coming up here anytime soon," Teagarden said. "With an injury like that, anything can happen. I'm just grateful to be here...anything I can do I'll be ready." And while Treanor rehabs on the 15-day disabled list, Teagarden said he's willing to do whatever it takes to keep the Rangers on the right track. "It feels good," Teagarden said. "With Treanor getting nicked up, I'm helping to fill in right now. I talked to [manager Ron] Washington and he laid it all out for me. This team is winning ball games. Everyone is leaving it all out there. So I'm just doing whatever they ask of me and I am to leave it all out on the field." According to Washington, it was Teagarden's defense and throwing ability that made him the best candidate ahead of Triple-A catchers Max Ramirez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. "We had a crowd in here last night [discussing who to call up]," Washington said. "And it was overwhelming. It was the defense. Of all the guys we had, he was the best one defensively."
Holland dominates in Rookie League start
ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Derek Holland worked his only start in the club's Rookie League on Friday night and had positive results.Holland didn't give up a hit or walk in his three innings of work and used only 38 pitches to get through those frames. He struck out six, and the only baserunner to reach came on a wild pitch after striking out. "He threw three innings yesterday with zeroes everywhere," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He overmatched those young boys. That was just a precursor for him to get going and get on out of there. Those young boys didn't have a chance." Holland will now head to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he'll pitch on Wednesday. "Other than to go out there and continue to build up," Washington said of the plan for Holland. "He's going out to Oklahoma." Washington said Holland -- who originally went on the DL with left shoulder inflammation -- will try and throw five innings in that start before the Rangers will reevaluate him.
Herzog passed through Texas on way to Hall
ARLINGTON -- Whitey Herzog will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Sunday, becoming the seventh person enshrined who spent time with the Rangers.The others are pitchers Nolan Ryan, Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry and Rich Gossage, manager Ted Williams and Nellie Fox, who was one of his coaches. Ryan is the only one who went into Cooperstown as a Ranger. Like the others, Herzog only had a short stay in Texas. He was hired as the manager for the 1973 season, but was dismissed in September when owner Brad Corbett had a chance to hire Billy Martin. "I just remember Whitey as a very down-to-earth guy who was a real players' manager," said Tom Grieve, who played for Herzog. "He had a great sense of humor and knew we weren't going to win right off the bat. He was hired to help build the team for the future. He was building the future with great young arms." The Rangers, after finishing last in 1973, enjoyed a dramatic turnaround season under Martin in 1974. But they fizzled in 1975 and Martin was dismissed as well. "Billy got us better real quickly," Grieve said. "With Whitey, the winning wouldn't have come as quickly, but it would have lasted longer and we would have been better off as an organization. I would have loved to have seen what would have happened under Whitey."
Rangers starting pitchers have logged at least seven innings in a season-high four consecutive games, the longest such streak since five straight in 2005. ... After going 28-48 against the Angels from 2005-2008, the Rangers are 16-10 against the Halos since the start of the 2009 season. ... left-handed hitters are now hitting a paltry .090 against pitcher C.J. Wilson this season. ... Despite managing only one run against the Angels on Friday, both Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler extended their season-high hit streaks to 12 and 16 games, respectively.
Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.