What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
Before reading this link http://rangersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/01/cowlishaw-i-wasnt-worried-about-rangers-a-week-ago-but-now-let-the-panic-set-in.html/ from DMN.com, reference the post I made concerning Profar starting in the minors this year being potentially detrimental (I honestly believe Profar is going to be denied an opportunity for development at the MLB level this year based on this decision). The organization sees this as an opportunity to get another arbitration eligible year out of Profar, Washington sees it as another opportunity to avoid going outside his comfort zone and to continue to show loyalty only to his veteran players. The article below also discusses Washington's desire to keep the top of the order the same as last year, which Cowlishaw perceives as his inability to learn from the sins of the past. The only way this Rangers organization is going to ensure the lineup is set up correctly, the bullpen is used properly, and that young players are being developed, is to micro-manage Ron Washington's decisions.
This begs the question; if management will be forced to oversee Washington’s decisions, then why is he here? If the only thing he brings to the table is the fact that "the players like him," which I keep hearing, why is he here?
1. He hasn't come through on his promises of stellar defense (last year's D ranking was the best the team has posted, but overall, they've been middle to bottom third).
2. He abandoned small ball last season (perceivably because he won't hold players accountable, which is probably why they like him).
3. He refuses to ensure his players make good decisions on the base paths by saying things like "I'm not going to discourage aggression," essentially another example of his unwillingness to hold them accountable, which again is why they like him.
And now the team has decided to leave Kinsler at 2B, which means, in essence, there is no place for Profar to play. When media asked Kinsler last season if he thought Profar should get more playing time as the team was regressing towards season’s end, his response was "why, what's the point?" How much of Kinsler's decision to stay at 2B, where he lead the league in errors last season, has to do with his comfort, and how much of it has to do with ensuring Profar doesn't see the field? Who is running this team, the players, or management?
You'll have to paste the above URL in a new window. I can't figure out how to set it as a hyperlink. Sorry.
For some reason I'll continue to trust JD over TC or anyone on these boards because he's the only one GM I've ever seen take the Rangers to the World Series. But, maybe if it were TC or you the rangers would be two time Worl Champs instead of just two time AL champs.
I don't distruct JD, I distrust Ron Washington.
That's a pretty universal feeling.
First off, Cowlishaw's job is not to report fact - it is to sell newspapers. And, to sell newspapers, he has to seize upon some controversial fact and blow it all out of proportion. His editors will love that.
The team? Not so much.
The fans? Some will hyper-ventilate, some will wonder what is true and what is hype and what is fear-mongering and others will sit back and observe Cowlishaw's writings. In one post, he will extoll the virtues of JD and his fiscal responsibility and, in the next, he will cry wolf to such an extreme as to make fans take that proverbial jump off a cliff. I doubt he's truly worried at all... but, his editor needs more yellow ink in his publication to stir up more outcry and sell more papers.
Stay the Course, JD. Stick to The Plan.
Again, I trust JD holistically, and I too want him to stay the course. But...if he has to make personnel changes to ensure Wash doesn't make poor decisions, then Wash shouldn't be managing this team.
The bottom line...
I trust Ron in a lot of ways, I think he is a great manager in a lot of ways.
But it does not seem to me that he has fully realized that his blind veteran loyalty created an environment which led to the Rangers losing the division. We needed more youth involvement, we needed Young to have less playing time. We needed more accountability and more energy. The manager failed to provide that, and we lost because of it.
I am concerned about plans to start both Olt and Profar at RR, but I also understand the reasoning that says they need a bit more time, especially at the AAA level.
If starting the two at AAA is an attempt to go with an all veteran cast at the positions all year next year I RABIDLY DISAGREE WITH THAT PLAN AND BELIEVE IT IS FOLLY especially if Gentry and Martin are not allowed to platoon in center.
But it could just as easily be that this is just the plan to begin the year with. Youth is the key to success in baseball, not proven veteran bull shit, a mix of proven veterans and youthful energy. Youth is what bring veterans alive and vice versa.
Put it behind you, Ron. We need a team manager, not a manager whose loyalty to veterans is greater than his REALIZATION that without youthful development you are dead in the water.
Dead without a fucking motor, four one game playoffs in a row, LOST ALL OF THEM. That is systematic failure, and it must be dealt with.
I also read sports writers with an overdose of skepticism, especially with respect to rumors. This is an opinion piece so that arguments can stand on their own, regardless of the author and his biases. If the underlying facts are true--Kinsler to 2B, Wash repeating the 2012 lineup--then Cowlishlaw is dishing out food for thought, thoughts already identified at BBTiA.
There are questions clouding the facts. Kinsler may be at 1B despite his objections. Elvis could be traded. Profar could be traded. And why should Wash be announcing his lineup predilections before ST?
Still, if this is really the lay of the land 2013 will be much too interesting.
I'm not comfortable with the idea of Ian playing CF. Do we know if he's ever played there before? You don't want an amateur out there.
Profar will get his shot at some point. TC is overreacting, predictably.
Please allow me to add my 2 cents here guys. While I am a wholehearted JD supporter, and I have not read the Cowlishaw article, I do think that JiSD brings up some valid points here. It's true that Washington has takn this team to back-to-back world series, and for that I will ALWAYS be grateful, but at the same time it looks to me like he didn't learn a damn thing from last season.
You do realize Wash is black right?
...Washington has taken this team to back-to-back world series..."
You SURE that was Wash? Mayhap it be the sheer TALENT JD has provided? Even a legless dog can get to the food bowl if he's carried there.
All the doubt about JD and bashing of WASH is for naught. The folks who spend the money, those two 'ole rich guys' absolutely 'loves them some WASH.' You're wasting the ink and time to write about these two.
I don't agree with him on everything, but he does point out some legitimate concerns. I guess we'll stay tuned and see.
Has any eer thought of putting the blame on the FO rather than Washington? The bench was extremely weak last year, consisting of players such as Olt and Profar who had done nothing at the MLB level. With the division lead fading, do you really expect Ron to play rookies who have no experience over guys like Young and Hamilton that had been with Wash for most of his tenure and had stood up for Wash when times were bad. Wash does deserve some of the blame, but we can't realistically expect Ron or any manager to go with rookies over experienced veterans. If the Wash had been given reliable bench pieces to work with rather than unproven rookies, the Rangers would not have been playing in that wildcard game. An unreliable bench hurt us in the 2011 WS, and it hurt us last year.
As far the specific situation in your post, Joker (weak bench) I put the blame on both the FO and Washington, and I believe most smart fans do. Throughout our success the last few years the bench has been a weakness, especially compared to the National League teams we've gotten matched up with the World Series. I think the FO office made the decision last year instead of trading prospects for mediocre veteran bench pieces, let the upper prospects come up, get their feet wet, give the vets some rest and develop. But the FO also should have known Washington would be more comfortable using established bench players, and done what they could to acquire such pieces.
Joker: I can understand a manager not inserting his rookies in the everyday lineup; however, I take issue with his outright refusal to play them at all. Profar went 2 for 4 with a homer and double in his debut, and then didn't see the field again for two weeks. He brought Profar in to pinch for his next appearance, and Profar makes the play that wins the game. On another note, if your leadoff hitter can't manage a .300 OBP for the second half of the season, you have to make a change. When he hits below the Mendoza line for his career on the road, maybe you should consider a change. When your number 5 hitter doesn't provide any production for 3 months, you have to consider moving him down in the lineup. Wash has no problem holding the front office or even fans (calls us disloyal for not backing a largely unproductive Mike Young) accountable, but won't do it with his own players. He's more concerned with popularity than making strategic decisions that win games. When your manager refuses to put his most recently successful pitcher on the mound for game 6 of the WS because it was "Harrison's turn," despit Harrison's lack of success during the playoff run, it tells you all you need to know about him.
I also take umbrance with the fact that JD had to trade Young solely to keep Washington from placing him in the lineup every game. Again, they're making personnel decisions in order to prevent the manager from making dumb decisions.
These DFW writer Men are just teeing off. F him and Grandpa Urine. How about the schedule to start the season and giving Profar some time before he's in? No funeral.
Shoes: it's a double edged sword. Give him more time in AAA and the team is playing poorly, Wash won't play him because he thinks Profar won't help. Keep Profar in AAA and the team plays decently, for even a few games, Wash won't play him because he will believe Profar isn't needed. Wash only needs to see success for a few games to believe what he's doing works, even if the next 20 games proves it doesn't work. He's loathe to change.
I guess all I can hope for is that Wash do things differently this year and some will be "pushed" into getting opportunities. No funeral.
First, at 19 Profar is YOUNG. Second, to say that not promoting him to the Rangers with no AAA experience would be detrimental is horse-puckey. Look at Mike Trout. Aside from tearing up the minors in the showpiece stats, his double and triple rates were high in addition to home runs. THAT is an indicator you can pay attention to for future power potential. As a player develops and gains weight those doubles and triples become home runs more frequently.
Profar is a skinny kid, comparatively speaking who still has physical maturing to do. His numbers against AA pitching were not indicators of future power yet, although conversely I would expect Trout to have a down year because the guy strikes out A LOT. Profar's range and arm don't indicate that he should displace Kinsler or Andrus, either. Although it may seem that I am not being fair to Profar he is not "growed up yet" and in my opinion that is why they are going slow.
Olt was going to get his chance last year, contrary to popular belief but had a prolonged bout with Plantar Fasciitus which limited him severely-remember Beltre was injured several times and Olt couldn't play so they had Face play the position in 25 games. 5 minutes of searching (and not a comprehensive list) shows me that not only has Washington allowed young players to play, he has done so consistently when they were ready;Matt Harrison 2008Derek Holland 2009David Murphy (Kind of a sidewise start with another team)AJ Murray 2007Luis Mendoza 2007Chris Davis 2008 (Close to 1,000 at-bats)German Duran 2008Juaquin Arias 2008Travis Metcalf 2008Taylor Teagarden 2008Eric Hurley 2008Tommy Hunter 2008ELVIS ANDRUS 2009Craig Gentry 2009Justin Smoak 2009Mitch Moreland 2010Those players for the most part, though they might not be with us anymore all had >150 PA's and reasonable innings pitched if a pitcher. I will say that the Rangers have TRADED a shit-ton of prospects in the last three years to get older players which has nothing to do with Washington. That brief search reminded me of some guys we thought would be good over the years but never were able to step up a make their spot.
Profar was simply an example of my overall concern with Wash, not the focal point. Wash has difficulty with two things primarily: he's stubborn to a fault, to the point that he makes poor decisions sometimes when I could swear he knows it too, but refuses to reverse because he doesn't want to admit fault. One example is his statement after the final loss of last year's regular season; "I don't know how this happened." Really Wash, you don't know how this happened? Secondly, he's entirely too loyal to his players. Loyal to the point that that he's prepared to go down with the ship so long as he retains popularity in the clubhouse. I think his blind loyalty to his players overrides his better judgment. He could be a good strategist if he would be a leader rather than looking for validation from his clubhouse.
Weak Bench. The FO can only do so much. If the manager refuses to play his bench and keep them ready, I can't blame the FO for that outside of the fact they are the ones keeping the not-a-manager in charge.
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