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August 15, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Richard Durrett

Richard Durrett
  (12:03 PM)

Hello, everyone. We've completed the voting on our ESPN Dallas Hall of Fame and I'm curious as to what you thought. Nolan Ryan won the voting -- barely -- over Emmitt Smith and Tom Landry. Honestly, I'm surprised Landry didn't win. He was the only guy on all 5 of our panelist lists (Ryan was on four of them...only Tim MacMahon was crazy enough not to put him on there).

Richard Durrett
  (12:04 PM)

It's also a big day in that the Rangers-Angels series starts tonight. I hope you're ready to stay up late for four straight nights. But I like the Rangers' chances of extending this division lead.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What did you think of the Trades that the Rangers Made before the Trading Deadline?

Richard Durrett
  (12:07 PM)

I like them a lot. The Rangers had one big weakness that could be addressed: bullpen. They just didn't have a lot of depth on the back end of the pen and it was one of the more inconsistent bullpens in the league. Now, that's all changed. Mike Adams is a steady force that can handle the eighth inning to get the game to Neftali Feliz in the ninth. And if Feliz falters, Adams could come in and close. Koji Uehara piles up strikeouts and induces ground balls. He's aggressive with hitters and doesn't mess around. Mark Lowe has pitched well and now you can move him to the sixth or seventh inning. The whole thing lines up better now, without question.

Richard Durrett
  (12:11 PM)

BTW, a reminder that we will be in-game chatting for this entire series with the Angels. It's a big one. I still think the fact that the Rangers got the sweep of the A's and gained a couple of games was huge. They now go into this thing with a 4-game lead. If they win 3 of 4, which I could see happening, it's a 6 game lead. Even with the schedule stiffening, that's going to be hard for the Angels to make up. They need to win 3 of 4 from Rangers. The pressure is on them, if you ask me. You agree?

David (Milwaukee)

When rosters expand, and the PCL playoffs are over, who do you expect to make an impact with the big club?

Richard Durrett
  (12:13 PM)

I think Darren O'Day is an automatic to add to the pen. They'll carry three catchers too. And I still think maybe Leonys Martin gets up here just to get a taste. I can't think he'll be on a postseason roster or anything, but he'll get a chance to see what life is like in the bigs for a little while.

Mike (Plano)

Do you think the lack of lefty's in the pen will become an issue?

Richard Durrett
  (12:18 PM)

I don't because the club has righties that can get lefties out (see Mike Adams and Koji Uehara). Darren Oliver can be used either for a situational appearance or as a one-inning guy. Oliver actually has better numbers against righties than lefties, but lefties are hitting .239 off him.

Neil (College Station, TX)

Do you think that college football realignment is indefinite? What about baseball realignment?

Richard Durrett
  (12:22 PM)

I think we're headed for these super conferences. Just because the SEC said that they aren't expanding now doesn't mean they won't in the future. In fact, they likely will. So, probably, will the Pac 12, etc. I don't blame A&M for looking into this and contacting the SEC. They have the type of tradition and program that would fit in the SEC.

Bill (Prosper)

Why no high school legends on this ballot. If it's really an Hall of Fame for this area, high school football should be represented.

Richard Durrett
  (12:25 PM)

Great question. G.A. Moore made my list of top-20 nominees and I would expect more to make it as the years go by. This first class make it more difficult to get them in, but as big as high school football is here, they'll be getting in.

Candy M. (Garland, TX)

I think you guys got it right. My Cowboys dominated! And Nolan's pretty cool, too.

Richard Durrett
  (12:25 PM)

No question the Cowboys dominated. But that was to be expected. Ryan is very deserving. I thought Byron Nelson might get more votes and it surprised me he didn't.

David ((Milwaukee))

one more question - Have the rangers said what the new sign is, replacing the claw and antlers?

Richard Durrett
  (12:29 PM)

I think it's a sitting duck. It's something that Hank Blalock did. Not sure the details and I'm still trying to find out. But it's not a Cobra.

Jerry Clay (Ennis)

Where are all the old-timers in this thing? Are we forgetting about our sports history? Doak Walker, Davey O'Brien, Byron Nelson, etc.

Richard Durrett
  (12:32 PM)

They were certainly in the top-20, but it may be more of a generational thing. I had Byron Nelson in my ideal five, but felt like I had to get Emmitt Smith and Nolan Ryan and others in before Doak Walker and Davey O'Brien. But it wasn't easy.

Matt M (Plano, TX)

Thanks for taking my question. I want the Rangers to sweep, but I think the key goal is to make the opposing pitcher work and take pitches. What are your thoughts on their main goals?

Richard Durrett
  (12:34 PM)

Honestly, the key goal is winning. I do think this team can do a better job of making pitchers work, but it's all about finding a pitch you think you can drive. If that's the first or second pitch, you don't want to completely lay off it because you may never see that pitch again. Sometimes, though, you want to be patient and be sure you see as many pitches as you can. There's a delicate balance there. But the No. 1 goal is winning, no matter how they do that.

Marcos (Cedar Hill, TX)

Why did Lance Armstrong get so much consideration? I think he's more of an Austinite.

Richard Durrett
  (12:35 PM)

Was born in Dallas and the criteria is either from here or made a huge mark here. He didn't make my ideal five, but Armstrong's career records are impressive.

pk (arlington tx)

hey what do u think the final record will be for the rangers and angels

Richard Durrett
  (12:36 PM)

I think Rangers end up winning the division by 5 or 6 games. Just my opinion, but I think they'll clinch before that final three-game series between the two teams. But we'll all have a better idea about that after this series (and in the next few weeks).

Cy (TX)

Triplets should have gone in together.

Walter H. (Arlington, TX)

Would have been nice if you put Johnny Oates in this. he got the team to the playoffs the first time. to me, he gets overlooked way too much.

Richard Durrett
  (12:37 PM)

That's fair. He did get this team to the playoffs. I'm sure he'll be a nominee in future years. But that also shows you how many great sports figures we have here. It's not easy to decide who should get in first.

brandon (Duncanville)

could the astros be in the AL West as soon as 2013? And is MLB still considering doing away with divisions altogether?

Richard Durrett
  (12:39 PM)

They'll look at a lot of options. Sure, it's possible. I'd like to see the Rangers quit having to play all these late-night games on the west coast, but who knows? I wouldn't mind the Astros in the same division. That would be fun.

DeMarcus (Dallas)

Why Michael Johnson didn't make the top 5. I don't think Nolan should be there. Not just yet.

Richard Durrett
  (12:40 PM)

What more does Nolan need to do to get in? I think he's deserving now. Michael Johnson was one we all talked a lot about on the panel and we were curious to see how the fans would vote with him and I was surprised he didn't get more votes, either. It could be the every four years thing with the Olympics, but I don't know.

Peter (Grapevine, TX)

In a 7 game series, would Matt Harrison be the guy to only get one start?

Richard Durrett
  (12:41 PM)

Hard to say. At this point, it's Wilson, Ogando, Lewis and Harrison, right? Is it in that order? Harrison has pitched very well and might challenge Lewis for that No. 3 spot. But Lewis has the big game experience of last year. Way too early to worry about it, but Rangers have some options.

Brandon (Duncanville)

Who do you see being September Call Ups?I'd like to see Martin Perez, Tanner Scheppers, along with Eric Hurley and Leonys Martin.

Richard Durrett
  (12:42 PM)

I'm not so sure we'll see Perez. Tanner Scheppers is a possibility. Don't forget about Darren O'Day, either. And I'd like to see Leonys Martin get a taste. Eric Hurley could also get a call to boost the bullpen in long relief.

rumpireguy (crowley)

Two guys I didnt see nomnated were Tex Schramn and Tom Vandergriff even though they were more on the business end of things. Mr Vandergriff brought the Texas Rangers to this area and Tex was just as a bif of an influence on professional football as coach Landry was

Richard Durrett
  (12:43 PM)

We thought long and hard on those and they made our initial lists, but not in the top 20. To me, Schramm should have been on there, but he barely missed. Vandergriff deserves consideration again next year.

Jason P (Austin)

Hated the HOF voting. 1) The lack of historical perspective was amazing. 2) The "active coach/player" rule was terrible. This list is a lot more representative with Modano and Dirk as options. 3) Qualifications for being on the list should have been more restrictive. No way Lance or Banks should be in the top 20...they "belong" to other cities' cultures a lot more than Dallas.

Richard Durrett
  (12:45 PM)

I think some of those complaints are fair. That's what makes it fun. We decided that this was a Hall of Fame and most Hall of Fames don't let in active players (golf is an exception). I didn't have Banks in my top 20 because I felt like you did that he wasn't here long enough. For whatever reason, I considered Armstrong more Dallas and maybe that's because he was more Texan. I don't know if that's fair, really. But he didn't make my top 5 and I'm not sure he would next year, either. We'll see.

Richard Durrett
  (12:46 PM)

Thanks, everyone. We appreciate you voting for the Hall of Fame and discussing it. It was a fun project and we're looking forward to inducting our second class next year.