Texas Rangers: First Base

Mitch Moreland ready for anything in 2014

November, 22, 2013
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Mitch Moreland isn’t sitting around wondering where he’s going to play in 2014. That’s not how his mind works.

Moreland heard about the Ian Kinsler-Prince Fielder trade and spoke with assistant general manager Thad Levine after it went through. Moreland knows his role – and even where he plays baseball in 2014 – could be up in the air, but he isn’t worried about it.

“I’ve got to get ready to play, no matter what happens,” Moreland said by phone Thursday. “I have to take care of myself and be ready to go when the season starts. I can’t control anything that happens.”

Moreland said he wasn’t surprised by the deal, noting that he’s learned that’s part of the business of baseball. Moreland shares the same agent as Kinsler and the two are friends.

“I’ve already sent him a message and want to hear from him when he gets back,” Moreland said. Kinsler is in Hawaii on vacation and returns next week. “He’s a good buddy of mine and I’ll definitely miss him. He’s done a lot for this team.”

Moreland’s focus is on improving his overall game for 2014. The 28-year-old had career-high 23 homers and 60 RBIs, but hit a career-low .232.

“I didn’t have the year I wanted to have, but I still felt like I had some good stuff and stuff I can do better and improve on,” Moreland said. “The power was good. It was better than what it has been. I would get in spurts where I felt good and was pretty consistent and I would have times where I would lose that and kind of be searching for it.

“I think I need to go out and play my game and have fun and relax and get myself into a situation where I’m not questioning if I’m going to be in there and where I’m going to be playing and just go out and be ready to play and make the most of it.”

A lighter Mitch Moreland focused on lefties

January, 30, 2013
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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas -- Mitch Moreland showed up for one of his few public appearances with the Texas Rangers this offseason (at a Winter Caravan event Tuesday night) looking fit and ready for spring training. Moreland said he's lost 10 pounds since the season, an effort to give him a little more mobility.

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Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty ImagesMitch Moreland has worked overtime trying to improve at the plate against lefties.
But rigorous workouts -- he said after not being fully healthy last offseason with his injured wrist that he's worked even harder the past few months now that he feels good -- aren't the only thing that Moreland has focused on this offseason. He asked a buddy who was a left-handed pitcher at Samford to pitch to him three times a week in an effort to improve against lefties.

It's one part of Moreland's game that he knows needs to get better. He has a career .232 average against left-handed pitching.

"I felt like since I hadn’t really seen them a whole lot the last couple of years, I needed to work on it and get to where I felt really comfortable in there with them," Moreland said. "I’ve been working hard and trying to get ready to go."

Moreland didn't really want to comment on the Miami New Times report that included Nelson Cruz's name as a player linked to a clinic that sold performance-enhancing drugs. MLB is investigating. If Cruz ends up having to serve some kind of suspension, Moreland could be an option in right field. He's played 44 career games there.

"I’ll do whatever I need to do to help the team win," Moreland said.

For now, his focus is on first base and improving his game. He knows now is the time to step up and take that spot for good.

"I feel like every day I go out and try to prove that," Moreland said. "I have since I’ve been here. It might have had different results than I wanted, but I go out every day and try to prove I can be the best player I can."

Ian Kinsler is convinced Moreland is primed for a good year.

"As far as his character and what I know about the guy, I think he’s going to have a huge year," Kinsler said. "I think baseball is a weird game, as far as players tend to get labeled, and once you have a label it’s tough to get rid of the label. We have some players on this team that have labels they might never get rid of, or eventually can change them. Mitch is a guy I believe can be an All-Star. I hope he comes out and has the year he wants to have."

ESPN.com's Cameron: Put Ian Kinsler at 1B

December, 21, 2012
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Count Dave Cameron of ESPN.com and FanGraphs among those who thinks moving Ian Kinsler to first base is as good an option as free agent Adam LaRoche, for example. Cameron wrote a long piece (insider) today on the topic. Here's a small part of it:



You don't see many second baseman shift over to first base, especially those who are listed at 6-foot, but Kinsler is a better fit there than one would think based solely on his height.

While first base is generally thought of as a power position, and second baseman aren't generally known for their power, Kinsler actually hits more like a first baseman than a second baseman. For his career, he has an isolated slugging (slugging percentage minus batting average, which gives you a measure of how much power a player hit for) of .188. For comparison, Adrian Gonzalez has an ISO of .195 over the last three years. Kinsler isn't known as a prodigious home run guy, but like Gonzalez, he racks up a copious amount of doubles, which are pretty effective for driving in runs themselves.

For instance, compare Kinsler's overall offensive performance to Adam LaRoche, whom the Rangers have been linked to at various times this winter. Here are their numbers since 2010:

Kinsler: .263/.350/.441, 111 wRC+
LaRoche: .255/.327/.462, 109 wRC+

No one thinks of LaRoche as an underpowered hitter for the position, and Kinsler's offensive track record is even stronger. Any team willing to give LaRoche a first base job should also be willing to consider Kinsler a first baseman, as there's not a lot of evidence that LaRoche is a significantly better hitter overall.




The Rangers have talked to Kinsler about the idea, though they haven't made any firm decisions. But if they don't trade Elvis Andrus and want Jurickson Profar to be an every day second baseman, moving Kinsler to first makes plenty of sense. Cameron notes that it's worked for other middle infielders and he believes Kinsler can handle the job. Kinsler's a good athlete and could play just about anywhere, if you ask me. So if he's got a full spring training to work on it, he'll be just fine at first base.

Anyway, to read more of Cameron's piece (it's another great reason to get an insider account), click here.

Mike Olt, family enjoy his big league debut

August, 3, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mike Olt's brother, Brad, wanted to make sure his parents -- George and Bev -- got a chance to see Olt's big league debut. So as soon as he found out from Mike that he was heading to Arlington, Brad found some plane tickets.

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Matthew Emmons/US PresswireMike Olt played first base and singled in his first major league at-bat.
"We woke my parents up at 3:30 in the morning," Olt said. "I was on speaker phone and I heard them all yelling. They started packing. They were excited to come."

Olt's parents sat on the front row in the owner's box, just a few seats down from Rangers CEO and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. They watched as Olt didn't waste any time getting his first big league hit, stroking a single to left on a second-pitch cutter from C.J. Wilson. He finished the game 1-for-3.

"It was something I'll never forget," Olt said. "It was an unreal experience. I had some nerves going to the plate, but once I got in the box I forgot about all that and was able to get a good pitch to hit."

Olt, who got to spend some time around the club in spring training, talked to many of his teammates and did his best to get settled in before the club headed out to Kansas City following Thursday's win.

"To be a part of this team is something really special," Olt said. "That's why I'm happy I'm still here. I'm going to learn so much being around these guys. Even today's game, I had a little inexperience at first base with a bunt play. They picked me up. To have that there and have a connection with a bunch of guys from spring training helps."

Who would take Mitch Moreland's place?

June, 20, 2012
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Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland left Tuesday's game with a hamstring strain and will have an MRI today. That makes a disabled-list stay a distinct possibility. So what would that mean?

First, the Rangers probably wouldn't call up a first baseman. They can use Michael Young and Mike Napoli there, and also Brandon Snyder.

Second, they're going to need a roster spot for Roy Oswalt if he's ready to start Friday (which would probably shift Scott Feldman, who got his first win of the season Tuesday, to the bullpen. If Moreland goes on the DL, Oswalt could take his spot on the 25-man roster.

The injury comes after Moreland rebounded from an early slump. The first baseman hit .228 with three homers and six RBIs in the first month of the season (57 at-bats). But since early May, Moreland has hit better. In his last 101 at-bats, he has 30 hits (.297 average) with seven homers and 19 RBIs.

Mitch Moreland: 'I just missed it'

June, 14, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland didn't make any excuses for his error in the third inning of Thursday's 11-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Moreland couldn't get to a chopper down the line off hte bat of Miguel Montero, allowing the inning to continue. The next batter, Lyle Overbay, whacked a double to score two unearned runs and turn a 2-1 game into a 4-1 Arizona lead.

"I just missed it," Moreland said. "It had a lot of top spin on it, but it stayed down on me. I was up and I should have been down on the ball and read the hop. That's the way it goes. I should have been ready."

Moreland was disappointed that it came with two outs and ended up proving to be costly.

"You don't ever want to make an error, especially in that situation," Moreland said. "It did lead to other things, unfortunately, but it's going to happen. It's the way the game goes. If I get that same ball tomorrow, I'll block it up and make the play. You just go out tomorrow and play again and make the plays."
ARLINGTON, Texas – Rangers manager Ron Washington didn’t hesitate for a second before pinch-hitting for Mitch Moreland. Didn’t second-guess it after the fact, either.

“Not at all,” Washington said after the Rangers wrapped up their disappointing homestand with a 5-4 loss to the Oakland A’s in 10 innings. “Not at all.”

The decision to pull Moreland for Brandon Snyder with the go-ahead run on second base in the bottom of the seventh inning was purely a by-the-numbers call. Oakland brought in southpaw Jordan Norberto from the bullpen, so Washington went with the right-handed bat off the bench.

Never mind that Moreland had homered off righty starter Brandon McCarty in his previous two at-bats. That wasn’t a factor in Washington’s mind.

Why not?

“Have you been watching many ballgames? Well, there’s your answer,” Washington said tersely. “With Moreland facing lefties, what does it look like?”

Moreland’s precious few opportunities against lefties usually haven’t been pretty. He’s 3-for-16 with a solo homer against southpaws this season. In his career, Moreland has a .224 average and two homers in 147 at-bats against lefties.

“That’s that,” Washington said.

Snyder was 8-for-22 with three homers and seven RBIs against lefties this season when Washington told him to grab a bat. He’s 8-for-23 after hitting a routine fly ball to center field to end the inning.

Under normal circumstances, this was a no-brainer decision. But these weren’t normal circumstances, as Moreland had powered balls over the fences in left and right field in his previous two trips to the plate, recording the fourth two-homer game of his career.

That continued a stellar stretch for Moreland, whose early-season slump is a distant memory now. He is 21-for-56 (.375) with four doubles and five homers in his last 18 games. But Moreland can’t earn the manager’s trust to face lefties in critical situations by hitting righties hard.

Washington isn’t ready to publicly declare the 26-year-old Moreland purely a platoon player, but his decision during the seventh inning Thursday sent a pretty strong message.

“I want to get as many at-bats as I can,” Moreland said. “I always want to play. That’s just the way it goes.

“He’s the manager. He makes the decisions.”

This decision came back to bite the Rangers, whether Washington wants to admit it or not.

Snyder batted again with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, weakly grounding out to first base off of right-hander Ryan Cook. Would Moreland have fared better? We’ll never know, but the numbers would have favored him.

In the top of the 10th, a diving Snyder couldn’t stop Daric Barton’s ground ball from rolling into right field for a single that moved the winning run to third base. Would Moreland have fielded the ball? We’ll never know, but he’s a superior fielder and the ball was to his glove side, while Snyder had to try to backhand it.

But Washington’s decision was based on trying to win the game in the seventh inning. He trusted Snyder in that situation, not Moreland.

And, as far as the manager is concerned, it doesn't matter what kind of day Moreland was having up until that point.

Mitch Moreland starting to find a groove

August, 17, 2011
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mitch Moreland feels like he's getting into a rhythm now. He's still searching for consistency but feels like he's getting closer. He's been up and down the last few months, batting just .239 (37-for-155) in his last 42 games. But he's hitting .400 (8-for-20) on this road trip, including 6-for-9 in the first two games of this series against the Angels.

This time last year, Moreland still had less than a month of big league service time. He batted well down the stretch and then had a memorable postseason.

"He came up last year and went through the playoffs like he was some kind of veteran," manager Ron Washington said. "He's only in his first full year. He’s got a lot to learn. The league is making adjustments. He has to make adjustments. He's able to have his days where he goes up there and you see the Mitch Moreland you know. He just has to find that consistency."

Moreland has been working in the cages with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh on staying loose and staying patient.

"Sometimes I get a little tense with my swing, so I’m trying to stay loose," Moreland said. "I feel good. I have my good days and my bad, but for the most part it’s coming along pretty good. I’m seeing the ball better. I feel like I've put some better at-bats together. I’ve had a few walks here lately and been able to work the count and get some better pitches to hit."

Moreland has eight walks in his last 10 games and has 12 hits in his last 30 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Mitch Moreland searching for stride

July, 18, 2011
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SEATTLE -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland came into Sunday's game in an 0-for-14 slump.

Since June 22, Moreland had hit .182 with just two RBIs. But he got three RBIs with one powerful swing of his bat on Sunday, belting the ball to deep right field and providing all the Rangers offense in their 3-1 win over the Mariners.

Moreland was dropped to the ninth spot as manager Ron Washington wanted to get him to relax and take it easy. The change worked when he got ahold of a Blake Beavan changeup.

"I've been working on some stuff and it was a sign of progress, I guess you'd say," Moreland said. "I'm still not where I want to be. The consistency's not there, but I was happy I was able to do it and put us in the lead."

Moreland said he's been working on getting himself in a stronger hitting position.

"My hands have been dropping a little bit and I'm trying to sync everything up," Moreland said.

ESPN Stats & Information measured the homer at 429 feet, moving him into sole possession of third place for most homers at that distance or more in the majors. Moreland has nine of them, just behind Matt Kemp (11) and Mike Stanton (10). Nelson Cruz, BTW, has eight.

Rangers haven't forgotten Chris Davis

June, 30, 2011
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HOUSTON -- The criticism against first baseman Chris Davis is he can't hit big league pitching.

In the minor leagues, he's a star.

And while spending just 33 games at Triple-A Round Rock, Davis was selected to the Triple-A All-Star game for hitting .374 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs. Davis is hitting .462 the last 10 games and of his 19 home runs, 14 have come against right-handed pitching.

In the majors, of course, Davis has struggled. Before he was sent back down in mid-June -- when Ian Kinsler came off maternity leave -- he hit .269 with just four RBIs and three home runs.

His recent success would lead you to believe the Rangers would give him another opportunity to move up.

"When you say give him another shot, it's got to be at the expense of somebody else," manager Ron Washington said when asked about Davis. "We haven't forgotten about Chris and we'll give him another shot, and it's got to be like [when] we feel like we can make that happen. We will make that happen at some point, I just don't know when."

Washington has a point.

Who do the Rangers send down to make room for Davis? At this point, they don't need another bat. If anything, adding to the bullpen would help and there are about three pitchers waiting in the wings to get a call.

Also, catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli is slated to come off the DL after the weekend and it seems backup catcher Taylor Teagarden might get sent down.

Washington did say Teagarden would catch at some point this weekend during the Florida Marlins series.

When it comes to Davis, he'll have to wait, and when he does get another chance, take advantage of it.

"By him waiting, he's showing how mature he's being," Washington said. "He's not letting the fact he knows he should be up here in the big leagues affect what he's doing down there, and that's when you can judge. Maybe he's matured."

Update:Rangers GM Jon Daniels returned this week from a overseas trip and expects to speak with Washington about Davis and other players this weekend.

"Reports have been very positive," Daniels told ESPNDallas' Richard Durrett. "He's such a good athlete, we thought he could handle it, and he has. He's plus on the infield corners, so this just gives Wash another way to get his bat in the lineup the next time there's a need. He's handled the situation as professionally as one could ask."

Chris Davis showing maturity as a hitter

May, 15, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Chris Davis walked to home plate in the eighth inning and allowed his mind to flicker back to Saturday's second inning. Then, Davis came up with runners at second and third and one out and popped up to third baseman Alberto Callaspo.

On Sunday, Davis stood in with the bases loaded and no outs with the Rangers and Angels tied at four runs apiece.

"Wash told me right before I came up when I was standing on deck to just do what the situation asks you to do," Davis said. "He told me that yesterday. It’s frustrating when you’re given opportunities to do a job and you come up short."

Davis fell behind in the count 0-2 and then took a ball before pulling a slider to right field to score Adrian Beltre with what became the winning run. Last year, Davis was 0-for-29 with 21 strikeouts after the count got to 0-2. This year, he's turned that around. Sunday's hit put him at 6-for-12 with two RBIs.

"I feel like today was a great shot of redemption and I was able to get it done," Davis said. "That’s one of things we’re constantly talking about in this clubhouse is you can’t change what’s happened in the past. The only thing you can control is what’s right in front of you. We played great today, our pitching staff was huge for us and we’re glad to get the win."

Davis is now hitting .256 on the season and has hit safely in five of his last six starts to raise his average more than 100 points. Manager Ron Washington saw Davis hit some balls hard on Saturday and put him out there against a right-hander again. He could have gone with Mitch Moreland, but decided to keep Endy Chavez in the outfield and give Davis the start at first. It worked out.

Davis also had an opposite-field homer off Ervin Santana. Davis is doing a better job of going with the outside pitches and driving them. Davis has three home runs in 20 career at-bats off Santana.

Mitch Moreland sure can hit tough pitching

May, 5, 2011
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SEATTLE -- If there's one thing Mitch Moreland is getting a reputation for doing early in his career, it's hitting tough pitching.

He was at it again on Wednesday, crushing a first-pitch fastball from Michael Pineda way up into the seats in right-center. Pineda has been one of the top pitchers in the American League this season and Moreland was the first player to hit a home run off him in 2011.

Moreland is now 3-for-5 in his career off Pineda. But that's not the only top pitcher in the AL that Moreland has hit this year. ESPN Stats & Information took a quick look at Moreland's mark against some other top AL pitchers. Here's a look:

Jered Weaver: 4-11, 2 HR
Trevor Cahill: 3-9, HR
James Shields: 0-3
Josh Beckett: 2-2, HR

That's impressive for a young hitter against pitchers that don't allow much in the way of runs or hits.

What Michael Young must learn at 1B

February, 21, 2011
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Michael Young was on the field early on Monday getting in some work with infield coach Dave Anderson.

Young borrowed Chris Davis' glove and started the process of learning a position he's never played before -- first bases. Anderson isn't worried about Young's athleticism and ability to handle the spot. But there are a few things Young is working on:

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* The biggest job of a first baseman is to receive balls from the infield. "We're going to spend a lot of time on that," Anderson said. "The important thing from the throws from the pitcher is to feel comfortable at first base. For a right-handed throwing first baseman, it's a backhand catch. People don't realize how difficult that is sometimes if you haven't done it before. Getting him into a position where he's comfortable is what we're working on.

* Footwork around the bag. "That's a big thing for the throws from the infielders," Anderson said. "That's getting to the bag early so you can make adjustments, getting your feet in the right spot and then having the proper footwork to receiving the ball. If the ball is in the dirt, it's a whole different ball of wax and some things you've got to do. So that's what we're going to spend most of our time on."

* Fielding ground balls and throwing. "That's not going to be difficult for him," Anderson said. "He's had to turn and throw balls for double plays and it's basically the same thing."

* Cutoffs and relays. "That's a matter of knowing where to go," Anderson said. "You just have to get used to where you need to be."

GM talks about adding a bat off the bench

January, 21, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jon Daniels wouldn't discuss anyone by name, but the general manager was asked about adding a veteran bat amid reports (including this one on ESPNDeportes.com) of the club's continued interest in Manny Ramirez.

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"One of the things we have looked at recently is a veteran hitter to complement the rest of the lineup," Daniels said. "How does that kind of guy fit in if we sign him, and we may not? It's one of those things you may not be able to perfectly define it sitting here in January, but these things have a way of working out in June, July and August. Guys get hurt, guys scuffle, things happen. That's our thought process in potentially looking at another hitter. Let's be prepared for all possibilities."

Daniels said that while the lineup is right-handed hitting heavy, it would make more sense for the veteran bat of the bench to be right-handed since that person would likely impact the outfield and first base spots in terms of playing time and most of those players are left-handed.

He said looking at the culture of the clubhouse and how a new addition might impact the chemistry of the group is part of the decision process (you can read in between the lines here).

"We've done a pretty good job of taking those things into consideration," Daniels said. "I think Wash and his staff and our veteran players have done a real good job of creating an atmosphere that guys that maybe have some baggage or a reputation from somewhere else have a chance to maybe fit in here a little bit better. I don't think it's a coincidence that Milton [Bradley] had arguably his best year to date here. There are absolutely players we don't want to bring in here and have turned down and others that we'll continue to do our due diligence on."

He added that Mitch Moreland will be given the opportunity to be the club's primary first baseman.

"Our intention is to give him every chance to be our regular first baseman," Daniels said. "Does that mean 120 games or a 150? I don't know. A lot of that is going to be up to how he performs and how Wash feels best to divvy the playing time."

But the club can protect him some against tough lefties with a veteran bat on the bench.

"I think Mitch is going to hit left-handed pitching long-term," Daniels said. "As a rookie, do you want to throw him out there to the wolves? I think you'd like to have the ability to protect him somewhat."

That means Young could play first base against the tough lefties and a right-handed bat, like Ramirez for example, could play in the DH spot in those situations. So we'll see what happens. But if someone like Ramirez comes in, the club would have to make a few changes to get him some at-bats. That likely means Young's at-bats would decrease a little and so would Moreland's. How much remains to be seen. Stay tuned.

Mitch Moreland focused on helping team

January, 18, 2011
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FRISCO, Texas – Mitch Moreland isn’t hitting the refresh button on Twitter or scouring the Internet at all hours looking for Rangers offseason news.

He knows that if the club goes out and gets another big bat, it could impact his playing time at first base depending on how the dominos fall. But the laid-back Moreland isn’t concerned about any of that.

“I really haven’t kept up with it a whole lot, to tell you the truth,” said Moreland, before signing autographs at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco on Saturday. “I’ve just been trying to take care of my business and be ready to go when spring training gets here and helping the team out.”

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Matthew Emmons/US PresswireMitch Moreland, who hit .348 with one homer and seven RBIs during the Rangers' postseason run, could see his playing time diminish with Michael Young potentially playing more at first base next season.
Moreland, like the rest of the Rangers, has the utmost respect for Michael Young and expects the team leader to be taking grounders and working out at first. Moreland says he’s just fine with that.

“I think this team has one goal in mind and we had that same goal last year,” Moreland said. “We fell a few games short, but we know what it takes to get there now. As a leader you see what Michael Young has done moving positions again and it just shows the mentality and the way this team is. I just want to be out there and help them any way I can. If it is with Mike playing first and me rooting him on or whatever I got to do, I'll be able to do it.”

But what about having to possibly compete with Young at first base should the club sign another power bat as a DH?

“I'm controlling what I can control,” Moreland said. “I've been working hard and trying to put myself in the best position possible coming into spring training. I want to go out and show them what I can do. If they choose to go another way, I'll be there when they need me.”

As for whether Moreland would need to show Young some pointers at first base, Moreland replied: “I don't think Mike needs too many tips. He's a heck of a player. I imagine whatever he does he picks up on it pretty quick.”

Moreland admits that his play in the postseason was a huge confidence booster heading into the offseason. While the Rangers as a team hit poorly in the World Series, Moreland hit .462 with a memorable Game 3 homer and three RBIs. In fact, Moreland got better as the playoffs went along. He hit just .200 against Tampa Bay, but found his stroke against the Yankees batting .389 with three RBIs.

"It was definitely big,” said Moreland about his postseason showing. His hometown of Amory, Miss., celebrated his accomplishment with Mitch Moreland Day last month (Tommy Hunter joked that a group of Moreland's teammates were going to go, but couldn't get hotel rooms). “It set the mood for my offseason. I knew what I needed to do to come back and be ready to go. I went home, took a little bit of a break and got started and tried to get ready and now I'm counting down the days.”

One of Moreland’s main goals is to improve defensively. Manager Ron Washington said after the 2010 season that Moreland was becoming a better defensive first baseman with every game and Moreland wants to build on that.

“You can always be better at what you're doing,” Moreland said. “I've been working hard on agility and stuff and hopefully it will pay off. I know I'll be spending some early work days out on the spring training fields and I'm looking forward to that too.”

Moreland certainly has the right attitude about his situation. He’s entering spring training confident and is simply focused on what he has to do to be the best first baseman he can.

“I just feel like I'm going to work hard enough and do what I have to do to be a part of this team,” Moreland said.

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