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MJH on accountability
I wrote two months ago that there was a power struggle between the Front Office and Washington to which I received many "BS" replies. Well, here is a quote from Randy Galloway's article in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram:
"Egos and personalities are bound to collide, involving the front office against Ron Washington and his coaching staff. Team president Nolan Ryan will have to referee this one. Is Wash's job in jeopardy?
No way, not with Ryan involved, but keep an eye on the infighting. It could get ugly."
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/10/06/4315633/rangers-are-baseballs-latest-choke.html#storylink=cpy
"It could get ugly ." ? Well it just did. Wash claims to have skins on the wall and 'nobody is going to tell him who to play'. JD backed down for round 1 and gave Wash the benefit of the doubt but for next year to work they need to be on the same page.
Even Evan Grant said on 1310 the ticket that Wash needed to involve his bench more. Chris Davis stated politely the difference between playing here v in Baltimore and why he is doing so much better there was because he knew that his manager was going to give him the time to figure it out and he did that to the tune of 30+ home runs. What he didn't finish saying but was implied is that Wash didn't give that chance here of being an everyday player. He was not in Wash's favored few.
So, what was he reasoning for sending Profar out there after spending several weeks on the pine with two outs in the bottom of the ninth? It defied everything Wash has said. Rookies are unreliable etc. so what was the point with the season on the line? To show JD and others that see, Profar would not have made a difference anyway. Big gamble. Wash lost and was was shown by his own decision making. With the season on the line, two outs (that's pressure) Profar gets a hit. Thus, reinforcing to those in the JD camp that Wash's lineup decisions based on his "eyeball" test and favorites prevented him from putting the optimum team out there.
Well the proverbial 2012 Rangers ship has sunk. You can get off the ship now Wash. Hopefully the power struggle will be short (maybe Wash is humbled) and he will get on board with JD, saber metrics, and the optimum use of players. Maybe not. But what's the point as the "eyeball test" and favored few ship has run aground.
Generally agree with most of what you're saying, but Chris Davis got his shot here. After nearly 1000 PA's with Texas, and a shot to seize the 1B position over three separate seasons (2009-2011), it's safe to say the Rangers really wanted him to succeed.
But yeah, in a strange way, I think Jon Daniels let Ron Washington's season die. He could have demanded Michael Young's playing time get decreased, or that the Mike Olt/Jurickson Profar's of the world could have seen more starts down the stretch. That may have proved pivotal with how tired the team seemingly (and admittedly) was.
Now, I don't think there's a REAL power struggle between JD and Wash, because that wouldn't be a fight. JD outclasses Wash on the power scale within the organization. With that in mind, 2013 should be more hands-on from Daniels. It will be his (new) roster, and I'm hoping Michael Young is no longer a member.
Chris Davis got his shot here. He sucked it away. Profar hit last night not because Wash was trying to show people that he was wrong to give them a rookie. Profar hit last night because Wash mismanaged his lineup so terribly that he lost the DH for 1b of Moreland. Wash last night was a terrible manager because he started by filling out the lineup card stupidly if he wasn't going to use the third catcher we kept on the active roster.
I am really coming around to the idea that the Rangers have won in spite of Washington at times more so then because of him.
Was reading over on Newberg and didn't realize we had 7 players that played 145 games or more and that was a MLB record?? Our bench for the first 2/3 of the season was pretty weak so maybe JD needs to improve that.
I'm not sure what to make of Galloway's comment about Wash's job not being in jeopardy with Nolan in charge. Other things I've read indicate that it's been JD who's had Wash's back, through the coke scandal and all that. So to read that Nolan of the two would now be Wash's guardian? Weird. It wouldn't surprise me in the least to learn that JD and Wash have butted heads this season, but it would surprise me very much indeed to learn that Nolan sided with Wash in that battle.
I know Galloway likes to act as if he has a special relationship with Nolan that affords him insider information, but this just sounds weird to me after this crapfest of a season.
"He could have demanded Michael Young's playing time get decreased, or that the Mike Olt/Jurickson Profar's of the world could have seen more starts down the stretch."
I don't think it works that way, at least with Wash. I doubt that Jon Daniels could have demanded that MY play less as long as Wash is the manager, no more than Wash could have demanded that JD trades a player.
2013 might be different in two aspects. Wash is now the manager of a club that looked pretty bad closing out 2012, so he has a lot less wiggle room. Secondly, 2013 is MY's last contract year, so cutting him becomes a lot easier than this year. JD can probably explain to Wash that if MY sees too much of the field (or DH), that he'll be cut. He can place MY's life in Wash's hands.
Glad Chris Davis found a good spot. Shame it wasn't here, but it may have never happened in Texas.
It seems like having a huge distinction between our everyday players and our bench has finally shown how it's a problem. Do the Rays have everyday players? Do the A's? They seem to have little or no bench; I don't see guys like Snyder and Gonzalez that spent almost the whole season on the bench. When Olt came up, he was the same way. Ditto Profar.
I look at the Rays, who have guys like Zobrist and Keppinger that play multiple positions. Maddon used a different configuration of his players almost every day. How often, I wonder, did Rays fans look at the lineup and think, "not that guy, he never does anything good." When we have guys that, when they go in, we cringe and cover our faces (e.g. Esteban German in the World Series), that's a problem.
I hope that the Rangers 2013 team doesn't have that problem. Everyone on the team needs to be given the chance to prove themselves. If they can't cut it, they'll be cut. But going into the postseason with a bunch of question marks doesn't make me feel good about our odds in a playoff series.
Evan Longoria missed half the season, and the Rays still won 90 games. Do the Rangers win 90 games if Beltre misses half the season? Probably not, because Young probably plays at 3rd most days, because Wash doesn't seem to trust anyone else.
I hope next year everyone gets a chance to prove themselves, so that if they should go the distance, we don't have that feeling when someone other than the 9 most-used players is asked to play.
7 players with 154+ games? NO SHIT they ran out of gas. Very short-sighted on Wash's part... Ran a sprint not a marathon. I understand starting guys that are hot, but when they cool, give them a full day off and play a bench guy... Way too much use of the DH spot this year as a break room. The DH isn't the damn water cooler... It's full time work from home on a weekend.
"7 players with 154+ games? NO SHIT they ran out of gas"
When you consider that those same players had a shorter off-season (World Series) than most other teams, the age of these seven players, and that they play in Arlington during the summer, it seems logical to agree with David Murphy who said they just wore down (and contradicted Washington in the process.)
Good to know that Wash was fresh every night, since he didn't have to ever change the lineup.
An extra 40 or games off might have actually helped Young this season. Well, maybe not.
I think it was actually 145 games and I don't doubt they wore down. In Wash's defense the first 2/3 of the season our bench was really weak with B Snyder and Alberto Gonzalez and Torrealba. Maybe JD should have given us a little better talent.
Torrealba had a higher wOBA than Michael Young when we cut him, fwiw. Snyder also did way better than Young in his limited opprotunities. And he actually didn't look awful on defense.
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