What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
On Profar/Olt playing time and possible "disconnect" with FO:"If they were there from the beginning then it might have been a different story, but they didn't arrive until almost the end of the year. And when they arrived, we was still fightin tryin to win, so there's no disconnect between me and the front office...... Fans read about these young guys who are real good players and then when they come to the big leagues they just think that it's so easy to insert 'em in lineups, well it wasn't the case... Jon telling me to play this guy or that guy - that never happens, I don't even know where that came from... That was me writin that lineup, Jon Daniels had nothin to do with that... There's no issues between Jon Daniels and Ron Washington. We're always on the same page."
On young guys' roles next year:"They'll get a different look this spring, and the opportunity will be there for them to take an opportunity and run with it... We're certainly not in the business of giving anything away. But we're never in a situation where we're gonna deny a young kid an opportunity if they're ready to play."
On Profar specifically: "We will NOT let him fail." (if and when the decision is made to make him a starter)
[Ben slurps Wash for his clubhouse/leadership qualities]
On moving a player [Kinsler] from infield to outfield or vice versa: "I feel like I got the best outfield coach in baseball... I feel like I got the best infield coach in baseball"
Wash says he does see Yu as an ace: "He learned a lot about the league... about his teammates... about trust"
Wash says pulling Yu against the Orioles was not a difficult decision. Wanted to go lefty-lefty.
On whether the decision to stick with Young was based on confidence in his turnaround, or loyalty: "Both... You got a guy who's been outstanding for 11 or 12 years, and then all of a sudden you have a rough time and you gonna turn your back on him - that's not what I do.... I was tryin to play the best players that I had, and I thought Mike was one of 'em."
On what the Rangers learned this year: "We learned that no matter how good you are... you have to play 162 games... that was my mantra all year."
[more slurping of Wash's accountability, culpability, class, etc.]
Well I had a good laugh at most of this. The whole thing is here: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/dallas/play?id=8486557
How many more Wash interviews do we need to pull up? I think we get it. 70-80% of the fan base want him gone. Then there's a minority that doesn't want the FO to make a reactionary decision.
If you guys really believe everything you hear through the media, then you should probably reevaluate the difference between perception and reality. Wash is paid to give the politically correct answer to everything; he's not going to give the God's honest truth to Ben & Skin or TR Sullivan or Richard Durrett.
After the abrupt ending to the season, I'm sure Wash got together with Nolan and JD behind closed doors and they discussed what their course of action to dealing with the media would be. That's why most of the answers we're hearing from them all say, "This wasn't one person's fault; there's blame to go on every part of the Rangers organization, top to bottom."
I'd say there's about a 95% chance Wash is back next year.
Eric, you don't have to read the post. I was glad that Jondar posted it.
My favorite line:
"That was me writin that lineup, Jon Daniels had nothin to do with that... There's no issues between Jon Daniels and Ron Washington. We're always on the same page."
That quote sounds like it comes straight from Moneyball, when the manager explains to the general manager that he writes the lineup and the GM better learn to live with it (on the same page.)
Jim, I listened to the entire interview for myself.
Eric and Jondar, you and the the other nut jobs are the ones that slurp. The most public job a manager has is deflecting the negative noise that people make when a team doesn't win. 70 to 80% of the fans want Wash back, it is only the rabid "must win 162 games!" People that don't. Want examples? Go back and read what people posted about Francona, La Russa and Showalter when they weren't taking their teams to the playoffs. You must be mean, angry little boys that you constantly try to belittle, slander and assassinate people's character all day every day. Grow up, this is a hobby, not your life.
"We learned that no matter how good you are... you have to play 162 games... that was my mantra all year... NOBODY SAID NOTHIN BOUT A 163rd game"
Pretty sure Jondar is posting this in an anti-Wash tone. And I believe it's you who isn't reading if you think 70-80% of the people on BBTiA want Wash back.
You must be mean, angry little boys that you constantly try to belittle, slander and assassinate people's character all day every day. Grow up, this is a hobby, not your life.
Got any more hyperbole, tough guy?
Calm down. Is no one else allowed to say anything on here? This isnt about tough guys-grow up.
Rico, (a) don't tell me what to do. (b) I'm totally calm.
After garbage like Eric and Jondar, you and the the other nut jobs are the ones that slurp
I believe I can retort after a diatribe like that. This is a forum for discussion. And we're discussing.
Two minutes of work....you guys aren't original;http://talksportsphilly.com/2011/10/top-ten-reasons-tony-larussa-sucks/http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/16076/la-russa-hates-losing-loves-overmanaginghttp://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/10/25/tony-la-russa-cost-his-team-game-5/
And not angry either, "slurp" was from Jondars' post about somebody agreeing with another ref the interview....I was referring to that
WOW-Eric you have issues. Take your meds sonny.
"70-80% of the fan base want him gone. Then there's a minority that doesn't want the FO to make a reactionary decision."
LOL! If you guys really believe everything you hear through this blog... then your reality is just as skewed.
If you go to the major San Antonio Spurs blogs (which I do!) you'll see a loud anti-Popovich sentiment. A (seemingly) large movement to get him fired. A lot of the same type of criticism (not playing the young guys enough/sticking with player X who sucks/team wins despite him/ etc). Even Mavs fans should be able to recognize how ridiculous that particular notion is. That's what the sports blog forums/comments do, pretty much for every team in every sport that doesn't win the title or end the season with a surprisingly good run. It absolutely does NOT represent the general fan base and their attitudes.
Now whether or not Wash SHOULD be fired is a totally different issue... but let's please not pretend that JD reads our posts, and let's not pretend that the type of guy who watches the Rangers while monitoring a live-chat window on BBTIA represents the common fan.
T.O. While only one team can win the World Series each year, the fans of multiple teams can Jace realistic expectations to compete for this slot. As a manager, Wash writes the line up, calls the plays, and makes replacements. These duties change the probabilities of winning. Lefty- lefty? Sounds reasonable until it is Yu being replaced by a left handed starter with very sketchy pitching success. Young's slump? Wash let Young work this out for four months. Young didn't have to play infield to work his way out of a batting slump. Early inning SF bunts, a less successful running game, these are two more Wash actions that come to mind.
From my point of view Wash cost this team the division championship. He is an inflexible manager who plays his game by a book long known to be flawed. Great coach , good motivator, lousy manager.
Primi, I can agree that RW has made his mistakes. There are some who argue a manager means nothing, and then post later that RW has caused us loses, lol....look at this list, how long he has been managing, and numbers of wins;http://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/
Now, aside from Girardi who has had a murderer's row of the best in baseball to manage his entire career and Ken Macha, he has more wins than any manager with six seasons. After next year, if the Rangers win even 90 games, he would be just behind Girardi for most wins ever at 7 seasons...105th in all-time wins, and only 7 years on the job.
He is not the guy with his head stuck up his ass. He is still learning the managing game, but doing quite well at it in the process. He is mostly competing against managers who are in their second decades of managing. No, he is not perfect and yes, Primi, he may have cost us the championship...but he will learn from it. As has been pointed out, RW is not anti-rookie. He would have been drug over the coals even worse if he'd replaced seasoned veterans with a few rookies and had not gotten to the championship either-don't try and tell me otherwise, hahaha. Expect RW to gradually start using more advanced stats as he learns to combine the use of both. He is NOT the old 20 or 30 year stuck-in-the-mud crochety old bastard everyone is making him out to be.
If you were take any realistic poll, most Ranger fans would feel that RW ran his starting position players into the ground this year. Why would you defend the job RW did this year? This team fell short of expectations and the team was listless by the end of the year. He may have earned another chance based on prior results, but do not defend his results from this season.
Eric couldn't be more smug if he tried. His posts are rarely giving his opinion, rather why other people aren't entitled to their opinion, or why they are wasting his time by posting.
Jondar, thanks for the post.
I am defending him because I can, and don't believe that RW is an intractable person. The world is a big place with people of different opinions. I never said he was perfect, nor implied that he didn't make mistakes.
I should have known this would rile up the Wash apologists but allow me to explain:
The tone of the post was not meant to be explicitly anti-Wash, but he did say quite a few things that make you scratch your head if you watched the team all year. Playing hard for 162? Nope. Young one of the best players? Nope. Won't deny a kid who is ready to play? Um.... And the response to the first question was rather defensive on Wash's part ("fans think it's so easy...").
The slurping comment had nothing to do with Wash - it was about Ben & Skin's brown-nosing qualities when they actually get these local sports guys in for an interview, even if they spend the rest of the show questioning/critiquing players, coaches, etc. I like B&S but they've been pushing Profar and burying Young longer than just about anyone, and I just found it funny in this segment they busted out all the pro-Wash cliches ("These guys would run through a wall for you" etc.). I understand they don't want to alienate Wash by asking statistically-driven questions, but it still made me cringe.
Jondar the point about the rookies being allowed to play in September isthe same on almost every team in the league. You don't remember how they were screaming for Sciosa's head lasy year for not letting Trout play? How well did that go for him when he was allowed to get a taste and then a bit more time before being fully exposed to MLB pitching? Case closed...I can give you examples from most every team, every year...that dog don't hunt. My choice is not to torch Wash because if you look around the league and at all the managers, none are perfect and they all make questionable decisions. At seven years going into next spring, RW is going to get a shorter leash from my emotions, but not right now. Call me an apologist if you wish, it is your opinion, but in baseball you can't spinaround like a top and make changes constantly or you will be looking for a rec little league job as a manager. Although Walter Mathau was a pretty good manager.....is he still available?
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