The Rangers played the third game of a four game set and beat the Tigers 8-4. Colby Lewis extended his record to 3-0 and Micheal Young went 3 for 4 in today’s game with five runs batted in. David Murphy who was filling in for Josh Hamilton also picked up two RBI’s. This was the first game of the season that Hamilton was not in the lineup, although he probably benefited from the day off.
The Rangers won a game today in Arlington, but a newly acquired member in the Rangers family, Hitting Coach Clint Hurdle was in Denver, Colorado. Before joining the Rangers Hurdle had spent several seasons in the Rockies organization eventually working his way up to manager. Hurdle guided the Rockies to their only National League Pennant in 2007, before being swept by the Red in four games. Hurdle was released of his duties mid last season and joined the Rangers this off season to fill the gap left by Rudy Jaramillo.
Earlier this week it was reported that the 48 year old president of the Rockies, Keli Scott McGregor was found dead in his hotel room in Utah while on a business trip with other Rockies personnel. McGregor helped guide the Rockies organization after joining them in the early 2000’s.
According to players and everyone who has had the opportunity to speak about him since his death have praised his integrity and his drive for the Rockies. Players even mentioned that he would come down and work out with them in the weight room. He seemed to be a fixture in the Rockies organization putting all he had to make it something, considering how hard it is to start a expansion team and be successful.
If you look back since 2004, the team which has won the world series has been around since the early 1900’s so it takes a lot of time to build a successful club, but even though that time will pass McGregor, I am sure he left a lasting impact on the Rockies organization and 0n Clint Hurdle. Although McGregor is no longer with us, his legacy with the Rockies will carry on.