Shortly before the 2016 season began for the Texas Rangers, Hanser Alberto had a banner day.
First, as he recalls it, he beat his teammate and longtime friend Elvis Andrus in the club's spring training free-throw shooting contest. Shortly after that, he brought the trophy into the clubhouse and learned he made the Opening Day roster for the first time.
"I celebrated twice," he said with a smile.
Years later, after he had to bounce all around the league this offseason for an opportunity to play more regularly, he celebrated four times after he tied a career-high in hits in a 12-11 nail-biter against his old club Tuesday. No one begrudged his...