Best Texas Songs: The Short List If you're new to Texas, you better know Texas music. If you grew up in Texas and you don't know at least these or Pat Green, Dixie Chicks or T Bone Burnett, may a horned toad snuggle in your boots and a Texas tarantula crawl across you when you sleep. Full Story » Alan Nelson
Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: ARLINGTON--The Texas Rangers announced this evening that the club has purchased the contracts of the following six players, adding all six to the club’s 40-man roster (in alphabetical order): RHP Jake Brigham, RHP Roman Mendez, RHP Justin Miller, LHP Martin Perez, RHP Neil Ramirez, and RHP Matt West.
With these additions, the Rangers now have 37 players on the club’s 40-man roster.
Brigham, 23, spent last season with Frisco (AA), going 6-6 with a 4.49 ERA (57 ER/114.1 IP) and 114 strikeouts in 35 games/14 starts. The right-hander opened the season in the Frisco rotation, but shifted to the club’s bullpen in June and went 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA (16 ER/40.0 IP) and 46 strikeouts over 21 relief appearances. Overall, Brigham held opposing right-handed batters to a .213 (55-258) average, while opponents had an overall .244 (107-439) average. The Florida native was selected in the 6th round of the 2006 June Draft.
Mendez, 21, spent his first full season in the Texas organization with Hickory (Low-A), going 9-1 with a 3.31 ERA (43 ER/117.0 IP), one save, and 130 strikeouts in 26 games/20 starts. The Dominican Republic native ranked among the South Atlantic League leaders in strikeouts (T2nd), ERA (5th), and wins (T9th), while earning a spot in the SAL All-Star Game. SAL batters hit .259 (117-452) against Mendez, including .246 (70-284) by right-handed batters. The right-hander was acquired from Boston in a four-player trade on July 31, 2010.
Miller, 24, spent the entire campaign with Frisco, going 9-1 with a 1.81 ERA (14 ER/69.2 IP), 13 saves, and 77 strikeouts over 48 relief appearances. The Fresno State product’s 13 saves were 2nd-most in the Texas organization and 3rd-most in the Texas League. Miller limited opposing batters to a .185 (46-248) average and stranded 18 of 22 inherited runners. The Bakersfield, Cailf. native continued his season in the Arizona Fall League with the Surprise Saguaros, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/2.1 IP) and 2 strikeouts over 2 relief appearances. Miller was selected in the 16th round of the 2008 June Draft and signed by Butch Metzger.
Perez, 20, combined to go 8-6 with a 4.33 ERA (66 ER/137.1 IP) in 27 games/26 starts between Frisco (AA) and Round Rock (AAA). The southpaw began the season with Frisco and tossed the 2nd perfect game in RoughRiders history on April 19 at Arkansas, retiring all 15 batters he faced in a 6-inning, rain-shortened contest. Perez was also the winning pitcher in the 2011 Texas League All-Star Game and appeared in the All Star Futures Game at Chase Field. The Venezuela native was signed as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2007.
Ramirez, 22, combined to go 5-3 with a 3.12 ERA (34 ER/98.0 IP) over 25 games/starts with Myrtle Beach (High-A), Frisco (AA), and Round Rock (AAA). The Virginia Beach, Va. native was elevated to Triple-A Round Rock after just one start in Myrtle Beach and spent the majority of the campaign with the Express, leading the Rangers’ top farm club in strikeouts (86). The right-hander made a pair of starts in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 1.29 ERA (1 ER/7.0 IP) and 5 strikeouts. Ramirez was selected in the supplemental first round (44th overall) of the 2007 June Draft and signed by Russ Ardolina.
West, who will turn 23 on Monday, was converted from an outfielder to a pitcher this season and combined to go 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA (9 ER/27.0 IP), 9 saves, and 35 strikeouts against just one walk in 24 relief appearances. The Houston native and resident was promoted to Myrtle Beach in the final week of the season and recorded a save in his lone postseason appearance for the Pelicans. West was selected as an infielder in the 2nd round of the 2007 June Draft and signed by Randy Taylor.
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