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Wash needs to be fired from the all-star team immediately! His management of the rotation and lineup were innexcusable. And Anderson waiving Bautista ran us right out of a potential big inning. I guess no one told him that 'This One Counts'. Again. The all-star team doesn't need a players manager, they need a great baseball manager to make the right moves in the most important game of the year. I'm embarrased to be an American Leaguer...
Bruce Bochy proved last night how much of a better manager he is. He managed like an All-Star and a World Series champion.
Washington has a lot of experience now at the helm and really has no more excuses for his careless mistakes. But the players do love to play for him in spite of his questionable decisions.
Wash is to blame? Really? Hopefully you're being sarcastic. I watched the entire game, and it seems pretty clear why the NL won - Prince Fielder hit a homer when it counted. The AL didn't. Basically, the NL pitchers shut down the AL hitters, which makes sense because great pitching usually beats great hitting.
No, WWJD, you are an idiot. Can't you see that it doesn't matter that Felix, CC, Verlander, etc. weren't there or that the NL pitching staff was better. The blame alone goes to Wash and this loss proves that Wash should not manage an All-Star Team or the Texas Rangers.
The key word is "ALL ... as in Stars". With that much talent on the bench and in the line-up, Mr. Carrot Top could be the Mgr... saying nothing but, "Yep your next". Sorry, it's a Players Game.Bochy did smile more than RW, but I think Coach Gibsonchewed more seeds, during his "dramatic role" as B-Mgr.
Wow, I hope Skeletor, Adam and Watson are kidding, though it doesn't seem as that is the case. Ok, if you are so smart, give us examples of times when Wash made bad moves instead of just stating that he sucks. All-Star managers play most if not all the players. That's the way it is. Get over yourselves.
You're right. The Rangers should overpay to get Buck Showalter and Mark Connor back in here.
Joey - they can come only if we bring back The Empty Golf Shirt . oh PLEASE!
Nothing about what Wash did(or did'nt do) at the ASG last night surprised me. He is a motivational manager, not a deep thinker like Bochy, Madden, or Mike S from the angels. For the Rangers to take that next necessary step, they will have to step it up in the managers office. Wash was the perfect fit to take this team where it has gone, but they no longer need a "teacher' manager. This is largely a veteran team that should know what to do and they need a guy to make all the right moves at the right time to maximize the amazing talent that daniels and ryan have amassed. At some point the Rangers will realize that.
I was definitely being sarcastic
Yeah Joey, you have a great point. I always liked Over Anal Professors, Coaches & Mgrs,leading me. Nothing like a furrowed brow beating & an over quiet ignoring of ones presence. Now when theylook the other way, as you walk into the room... that's support!The Leadership in a "Go away look"- I always got the point.I always hold dear the genuine guidance close to heart still...when asked: "Am I playing today Skip"? Answer: "NO".Yep, that's the Leadership Mentor I look for... A Skip like Wash?Patience, understanding and a Players Mgr... overrated? NOT!Wash is THE Ranger Mgr
Yes, I was being sacastic. Hence why I said he should be fired as All Star manager and not Rangers manager. Sorry to be a troll but I thought it would be fun to see what its like to be one of those guys who make rediculous statements. I am glad that most seemed to pick up on my tongue being in cheek...
For the Rangers to take that next necessary step, they will have to step it up in the managers office.
I'm sorry, but this is such an asinine, short-sighted statement. The Rangers were three wins away from winning it all last year, and lost primarily because they ran into the Giants' white-hot pitching. The manager is not the aspect of this team that is holding it back.
A manager is usually just about as smart as his starting pitcher!
And Yogi sums it all up nicely with...... "Good pitching beats good hitting....... and Vice-Versa!
Wash isn't perfect, but he is pretty close to perfect for the club in Texas.
the problem with washington (and most managers) is that he sticks to the status quo even if it decreases the team's chances of winning.
That's very broad. Care to elaborate? If you mean Kinsler at lead off? I'm with WashIf you mean Oliver/Rhoades? His hands were/are tiedIf you mean Cruz? the upswing worth waiting10+ over .500... can't see being too far above that, with fail of BP.The Team has played sloppy. With a 7 game streak... the Run is ONPrepare for the NEW Cavalry
Let the beatings continue until morale increases
joey; With repect to your response to my comments about ron washington...i must take issue with "asinine and short-sighted"...it is neither. I watch EVERY GAME and keep track of many of the moves this man makes. I have always been careful to deeply consider my opinions before i post them. I NEVER over-react to this loss or that loss. It also must be pointed out that I gave the man his props. My post has more to do with THE FUTURE as opposed to THE PAST. I have read your breakdowns and your statisical work and research is brilliant. But this blog is for opinions and mine is not some throw-away, half-hearted effort. I have ben a ranger fan like you can't believe my whole life and i realize management is transitory. Time will tell who is right, and who's comments are "asinine and short sided"
Okay, that's fine, and for the record, I take issue with little of the rest of what you said. I just have a very difficult time understanding the "Texas needs a different manager to take the next step" viewpoint, which I've seen on more than one occasion. One of the long-running points in favor of Wash, in fact, is that he's somebody who actually does a good job of maximizing results with the talent that he is given, and that this adequately compensates for whatever deficiencies may lie where his tactical ability is concerned.
For me to believe that Wash will be a meaningful hindrance to the Rangers' World Series chance GOING FORWARD, I would have to believe that (a) his tactical ability is exceptionally poor compared to his peers and/or (b) his ability to motivate, to energize, to communicate, to get the most out of his players, etc. is just outright poor compared to his peers. I've had my fair share of problems with his in-game management, but I just haven't seen sufficient evidence to satisfy either of those two arguments.
Really, though, this entire argument is a dead end, because Wash will probably be here through at least 2013 and only then find himself in trouble if the Rangers start performing well below expectations.
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