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Will the Rangers melt Lee in the Texas heat?

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08:18 AM ET 08.13 | Some wonder whether Cliff Lee's performance against New York offers a worrying sign -- that he won't want to pitch long in Arlington. As he worked through the fifth, the sixth and finally the seventh when he was spent, Lee looked like he was melting in the Arlington heat. The temperature was still in the mid-to-high 90s when he made his uncustomary exit, having thrown 106 pitches to get through 6 1/3 innings. Regardless of what happens the rest of this season, is Lee going to think back to nights like Wednesday, the sheer misery of pitching in the Texas oven that is the Ballpark in Arlington, when he considers his free-agency options? We have no way of knowing right now. But it sure seems like a possibility.

The Dallas Morning News

Cliff Lee, AP Cliff Lee, AP
August 13, 2010  08:24 AM ET

I just dont think the heat is a factor when these guys consider making a move. family, money, team success....i would think are in the forefront for potential FA

August 13, 2010  08:47 AM ET

He was also pitching against a team that really makes you work. But I can't see him wanting to stay in Texas when he could go anywhere else.

August 13, 2010  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He was also pitching against a team that really makes you work. But I can't see him wanting to stay in Texas when he could go anywhere else.

yep, and the Yanks were working the count that night. he looked exhausted by the time they took him out of the game.

August 13, 2010  09:26 AM ET

Cliff,

Cowboy up.

Love,
Nolan

August 13, 2010  09:49 AM ET

Guys, you're not giving Cliff Lee near enough credit. This guy's is a hoss and my kind of ballplayer. He's not afraid of getting sweaty or dirty. He's from Arkansas hill country and he's
got a lot of pride and his next outing ought to be something to watch because guys like him
aren't looking for the air conditioner. Cliff may not be the second coming of Warren Spahn but
he sure looks like it to me. A reporter once asked Spahn if he was ever afraid to go to the
mound to pitch...............he told the guy..........naw........pitching is what I do...............

August 13, 2010  09:59 AM ET

One game, he pitched well...what the...

August 13, 2010  10:47 AM ET

We just moved back to Dallas after being gone for 17 years - trust me - the heat is a factor and will be a factor in his decision. Rangers will need to beat other offers by a wide margin for him to stay - I would rather pitch in NY for half my starts then in DFW.

August 13, 2010  10:50 AM ET

And everyone knows how cool it was in Philadelphia while he was pitching there. Please.

August 13, 2010  11:17 AM ET

Don't sleep on the Halos...

August 13, 2010  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Don't sleep on the Halos...

are they showing signs of life? Because just about every writer out there is saying the Rangers are a lock for that division. not that they are always right, but it seems to be a universal opinion.

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August 13, 2010  12:01 PM ET

Money and the potential to win World Series titles has a way of making a man forget about the heat. The temperatures are no different in Miami, St. Louis, HOTlanta, etc.

August 13, 2010  12:11 PM ET

Texas unlike Houston did NOT put a retractable roof on their new park. Like so many new ball parks they put the money in luxury boxes not thinking of the players or the majority of fans. At least 20 parks have been built since 1989 and very few were smart enough to add the retractable roof. So you get to enjoy the rain outs, cold outs, heat outs etc. OR just stay home and watch in on HDTV and save $100 per person. Go Figure!!!

August 13, 2010  12:23 PM ET

Lee will never stay in Texas!!!!

August 13, 2010  12:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Lee will never stay in Texas!!!!

And he told you that personally of course...

August 13, 2010  12:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Lee will never stay in Texas!!!!

And that, one and all, is the bottom line. And he was not staying in Philly or Seattle. He never said he was.

August 13, 2010  12:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

And he told you that personally of course...

He said it by not extending his contract when he went there. Texas knows it too, they are not stupid. And then there is the court mess over the franchise. He will do a great job and when the season ends he will go FA. The same plan he has had for three years now.

August 13, 2010  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

He said it by not extending his contract when he went there. Texas knows it too, they are not stupid. And then there is the court mess over the franchise. He will do a great job and when the season ends he will go FA. The same plan he has had for three years now.

If Philly, or Seattle, or Texas are the highest bidder this off season...he will sign there. He wants his FA money.

August 13, 2010  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

He said it by not extending his contract when he went there. Texas knows it too, they are not stupid. And then there is the court mess over the franchise. He will do a great job and when the season ends he will go FA. The same plan he has had for three years now.

They couldn't extend his contract when he got here because the team was still in the middle of bankruptcy/sale proceedings. Nolan's No. 1 priority is getting Lee signed long-term, and I am quite certain that when Nolan talks Lee will listen.

 
August 13, 2010  01:12 PM ET

Yup. It's the feel good story of the year around here.

Just don't slam into the **** iceberg.

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