I imagine there have been worse “prepackaged” bankruptcies in the history of Anglo-American jurisprudence, but there hasn’t been one that got as much press as the Rangers’ has.
The latest: The Texas Attorney General urged the bankruptcy court yesterday to reject the team’s current reorganization plan. Add this to the fact that the bankruptcy trustee wants the Rangers’ lawyers off the case, that the creditors are objecting to the whole plan and that, rather than have this thing go through on greased skids, the restructuring officer has recommended that the team simply be auctioned, and you have an absolute mess.
The likelihood of this thing being done before the trade deadline has to be about nil at this point. The likelihood of Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan actually being the next owners of the Rangers is still high, but those odds are sinking.
The likelihood that Major League Baseball learns anything from this process such as, oh, I dunno, the folly of letting owners put their teams in the kind of debt Tom Hicks allowed the Rangers to get into? No man can say.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: