A couple quick things:
• My second “Batting Around” mailbag over at The Athletic is now open. Send your questions in here, and I’ll post answers on Thursday.
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• My stories so far for The Athletic have included:
— A two-part crystal ball series imagining what the 2021 Rangers might look like, complete with more than 20 spitballed trades and free agent signings to get there
— Elvis Andrus’s injury, Adrian Beltre, and something I don’t really want to think about
— The Michael Young backstory, dating back to high school, college, and his time in the Blue Jays system, and how all of it forged the player he’d become
— A lookback at how things might have played out differently if a rumored Rangers trade for rookie Bartolo Colon in 1997 had gone through
— An eight-part series ranking Rangers prospects, featuring and breaking down 48 different players with organization comments on each
— A season-opening story on why 2018 might be the most challenging season to be a Rangers fan in more than 20 years
— The theory behind making Joey Gallo a two-hole hitter
— A tribute to Rangers scout Roger Coryell
— A repository of minor league developments
— Today’s story: Why there are so many onetime shortstops in the Rangers lineup on any given day
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Thanks to Scott for allowing me to cut in line this morning. Feel free to send your questions in for this week’s mailbag.