Torii Hunter played up the “I’m hosting All-Star week” angle pretty good this week. And he’s insanely popular among other ballplayers, so I have no doubt that he had a lot of hosting to do. He talks about it in the video below. Fun activity: watch the wink he gives before he says “Pepsi” and then fill in what you think he was really talking about.
The Texas Rangers have hired Julio Rangel as their new pitching coach.
Rangel has spent 12 seasons a minor league pitching instructor for the Giants and Indians.
Rangel replaces departing pitching coach Doug Brocail. Under Brocail the Rangers ranked 13th in runs allowed per game in the American League.