News on the 2019 Bound Edition

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When Sandy Gallagher asked me in the summer of 1999 if I’d print all of that season’s Newberg Report emails for her so she could have a stapled scrapbook of her son Shawn’s AA season, I told her I’d be happy to. But I took her request as a light bulb challenge: To put a book together at the end of each Rangers season, and for more than just proud minor league Moms.

Thus was hatched the Newberg Report Bound Edition.

The book evolved over the first few years, in scope and in look and in the intensity of the project. Most of the growth is due to the great Devin Pike’s imagination and drive; I just did what I was told. Friends would regularly ask me if the end of a Rangers season brought with it a sense of relief, as I could take a break from writing for a few months. Not exactly, I’d tell them. The two months to put the book together was always a crush.

It’s been a fulfilling project. It’s a pretty cool thing to see the Bound Editions lined up on a shelf, a procession of physical books with actual paper and real ink and tangible weight. But for a few years I’ve been thinking about an exit strategy on the book, and eventually I resolved on one of two endpoints: A World Series Championship, or the 20th volume.

And here we are. This winter’s Bound Edition will be the 20th, and the last. I won’t swear that I won’t put something together if when Texas eventually wins it all, but until that time, there is one book to go — and as of today the process to get it done starts in earnest.

The great people at The Athletic have been generous enough to allow me to include in this winter’s Bound Edition everything I wrote since joining the staff in February. I’m very proud of the work — I’ve gone into much greater depth on most of my stories than I tended to pre-Athletic — but it belongs to them, as it should. It’s subscriber content and they didn’t have to give me this green light, but they have. This is a one-time thing. This final Bound Edition, which will roll out in December as usual, will contain everything that I’ve written this year for The Athletic — through today’s entry, a requiem on the 2018 Rangers season (though the story is more about what lies ahead for the Rangers). It hits the website and app this morning, and it will close the book.

For those of you who haven’t yet subscribed to The Athletic, they have decided to unlock this morning’s story and remove it from behind the paywall. You are free to read it, whether you subscribe or not, as I put a bow on the Rangers season but focus more on what’s ahead. Please come check it out.

I certainly hope that you’ll consider subscribing, of course, but in the meantime here’s the story:

Whether you read today’s story or not, and whether you eventually decide to add the 2019 Bound Edition to your own bookshelf, I want to thank you, Sandy, for inspiring the idea, and for the thousands of others of you who have bought the books in the past and motivated me to keep it going. It was the lesser of the two endgames I was hoping for, but short of a World Series parade, getting to 20 books is pretty satisfying.

This doesn’t mean I’m finished writing. Not even close. This opportunity with The Athletic has been extraordinary and invigorating. Their vision and direction and the creative freedom I’ve been given fire me up. I have a stack of off-season stories I can’t wait to write, and work on the next one is already underway.

We’re all grateful to those of you who have joined us this year, and look forward to seeing more of you jump aboard. As for the Bound Edition, after one final two-month push to get to the print house, it’s about time to give the shelf some closure.

Thank you.


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Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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