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Texas Rangers greet fans across North Texas in 2014 Winter Caravan

Texas Rangers greet fans across North Texas in 2014 Winter Caravan

Frisco Rough Rider Mitch Moreland signing autographs
Mitch Moreland and other players, coaches and broadcasters will be signing a lot of autographs as part of the Texas Rangers Winter Caravan. Frisco Rough Riders/Facebook
Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers
Ron Washington is scheduled to appear at three of the 13 Winter Caravan stops. Cleveland.com
Frisco Rough Rider Mitch Moreland signing autographs
Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers

With the Dallas Cowboys once again living down to expectations and the Dallas Mavericks and Stars thus far failing to set the world on fire, it's never too early to get excited about baseball season. The Texas Rangers will attempt to get fans revved up with their annual Winter Caravan, starting Saturday, January 11.

Each caravan stop will feature at least two players, coaches or broadcasters, all of whom will be available for a limited number of autographs. The caravan is sponsored by Academy Sports + Outdoors, which means that following a kick-off event on January 11, all of the sessions will be at Academy locations in Texas and Oklahoma.

The following is a tentative schedule of events, with the usual caveat that just because a certain person is listed doesn't guarantee he'll actually be there. Visit Texasrangers.com for full details.

  • Saturday, January 11, 1:30-3 pm: Frisco Roughriders open house at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. Scheduled to appear: Michael Choice, Derek Holland, Tanner Scheppers and Shawn Tolleson.
  • Sunday, January 12, 1:30-2:30 pm: Academy Sports + Outdoors in Flower Mound. Scheduled to appear: Michael Choice and Tanner Scheppers.
  • Sunday, January 12, 1:30-2:30 pm: Academy Sports + Outdoors in Frisco. Scheduled to appear: Mitch Moreland and Shawn Tolleson.
  • Monday, January 13, 6-7 pm: Academy Sports + Outdoors in Tyler. Scheduled to appear: Michael Choice, Mitch Moreland and Matt Hicks.
  • Tuesday, January 14, 6:30-7:30 pm: Academy Sports + Outdoors in Fort Worth. Scheduled to appear: Mitch Moreland, Tanner Scheppers and Steve Busby.
  • Thursday, January 16, 4:30-5:30 pm: Academy Sports + Outdoors in Sunset Valley. Scheduled to appear: Ron Washington, J.P. Arencibia, Neal Cotts, Derek Holland and Eric Nadel.
  • Friday, January 17, 4:30-5:30 pm: Academy Sports + Outdoors in San Antonio. Scheduled to appear: Ron Washington, J.P. Arencibia, Neal Cotts, Derek Holland and Eric Nadel.
  • Saturday, January 18, 12:30-1:30 pm: Academy Sports + Outdoors in Waco. Scheduled to Appear: J.P. Arencibia, Neal Cotts and Derek Holland.
  • Tuesday, January 21, 4:30-5:30 pm: Academy Sports + Outdoors in Oklahoma City. Scheduled to appear: Adam Rosales, Tanner Scheppers, Tom Grieve and Mark McLemore.
  • Tuesday, January 21, 6:30-7:30 pm: Academy Sports + Outdoors in Grapevine. Scheduled to appear: Mike Maddux and others TBA.
  • Wednesday, January 22, 6:30-7:30 pm: Academy Sports + Outdoors in Mesquite. Scheduled to appear: Martin Perez, Eleno Ornelas and others TBA.
  • Thursday, January 23, 6:30-7:30 pm: Academy Sports + Outdoors in Arlington. Scheduled to Appear: Ron Washington and others TBA.
  • Sunday, January 26, 1:30-2:30 pm: Academy Sports + Outdoors in Plano. Scheduled to Appear: Matt Harrison and Robbie Ross.

Not appearing on any of those lists, at least not yet, are recent new additions Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo. You can, however, already stock up on their merchandise, as both jerseys and T-shirts with their names on them are now on sale at all three official Rangers stores.