What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
So why did you bother to post Andy, just move on if you see wins as unimportant even if that is the only true measuring stick of a team. Will agree that individual pitching wins in any given season can be askewed in either direction. A simple example is King Felix's 2010 Cy Young season compared to Scherzer's soon to be awarded this season; or for that matter Dempster's 2012 for the Rangers. But then you do not value team wins, so a team that goes 63-99 is as good in your book as a team that goes 99-63.
Andy--blah blah blahLee--what are the Cubs going to do with 8 starting pitchers and three third basemen?And will Grimm win a Cy Young before CJ?
How 'bout them Deadskins!
Lee, I think we all understand you as we do Andy. I believe you are not posting to try kicking someone's ass, except for that JD. I am pretty sure some agree with your opinions while some don't on any issue.Andy and you and me are all in for Rangers, so why can't we be nice to each other?
Maybe, that JD is smart enough to teach us all that simple lesson.
That's why I'm here-to teach you to be nice.
Lee--when i read your "History of the Texas Rangers" post that didn't include the name Tommy Vandergriff, I got the impression that you are not from Arlington, Texas?
She remembers the Washinton Rangers from 53. LMFAO
Daniels' greatest fault is keeping Ron Washington as Manager... sorry... coach ACTING as if he were a Manager.
Can't score at home? Really?
Have a historic evening at the ballpark and take the next 6 weeks (Ian Kinsler) or rest of his career (Josh Hamilton) off?
Have a gimpy RFer and an available replacement in Game 6 (clincher if you win) of the World Series and FAIL TO MAKE THE CHANGE???
How is this guy still holding the title of Manager?
maybe because he is the best manager therangers have ever had.
LOL... what an idiot.
you know he is-don't be a racist hater.
I dropped off this forum for awhile and went to another Rangers forum, but have come to find out that there are idiots everywhere.
So Wash has been the best manager in Rangers history, really you can't dispute that. Granted he has lost two WS but he is also the only manager to get the Rangers to the WS. The number of games won since he was manager is the highest in Rangers history.
Now for this season, yes the Rangers are in the midst of another collapse. Is it JD's fault? Partially, because he didn't ge the big bat this winter to replace Josh. The pitching staff is the best we have ever had but now the offense sucks.
Ron Washington has made a lot of changes this season. He is resting his regulars and juggling his lineups.He has probably tried 80 different batting orders this year. It seemed like he only used 4 different lineups last year.This team is just not as good as the previous teams.Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison were our featured performers in past years.Nelson Cruz got caught and suspended.Lance Berkman couldn't hold up.Mitch Moreland has disappointed again. Profar wasn't ready. Elvis couldn't hit. And wtf happened to Murphy?And yet this team is in playoff--wild card position even now. This may change by Sunday.If this team turns it around again and wins the west--Ron Washington is the manager of the year.At any rate he has done a great job--again.
T6erry, I agree. Washington has gotten the most out of this team, and that is the final grade for a manager. A team can not lose 75 home runs and 251 rbi in their starting line up, with no real replacements, and expect the power offense it was in past season. This, even with a solid pitching staff, is a 500 team or below that has really outperformed their current team level. It is now September, and crunch time and it is showing up their weaknesses. The Rangers may hang on for wild card spot, but do not be surprised if they crash and burn, and do not even make the #2 wild card slot. If in fact this is the final outcome, and they are the new Seattle Mariners circa 2009 team [ solid starters, Adrian Beltre and Ichiro], and Adrian could not do it on his own, just like this season. He is now over pressing and it is showing. This line up is like the Rays, beyond their all star third baseman scares very few starters. Saying that, who ever takes 3 or 4 out of 4 between the Rangers and the Rays next week will decide who gets in and who does not. So what individual is most to blame for the demise of the Rangers offense? It all goes back to Jon Daniels and not redressing that power loss. Whatever you say about Hamilton, and you can go back to before the season where I suggested he would struggle in LA. Napoli and Michael Young, over their tenures with the Rangers they were fear factors to opposing pitchers. None really have been even remotely replaced. AJP and Rios were solid pick ups, but still are more constant [ even if Rios over his career has had numbers all over the spectrum], but not the hot threats the other three have been, Cruz did fit that mode, and going forward a Cruz- Martin/Gentry- Rios outfield for 2014 will look and perform a lot better than the 2013 version. The Rangers big TV contract kicks in for 2015, so this off season there will be money to spend, may be not like in LA but sizablee to go after top talent. Unfortunately there is not a lot of difference makers. Leading the field is Cano [ and he is a second baseman- do the Rangers need another middle infielder?], McCann, Abreu and Tanaka. Cano would look great batting in front of Beltre next season, but at what cost. McCann already interest the Rangers, and if teamed with AJP would give the Rangers solid catching. The Dodgers seem to be cornering the Cuban players, and Abreu probably will not be any different; and Tanaka would fit only if the Rangers let Garza walk and again for 13 starts give away sizable portion of the few top AAA/AA level talent the Rangers have, no matter what anyone thinks of that individual talent. So for 2014, I do not see much of a change in the Rangers, only can hope for growth from Martin and Profar, and great health of their plethora of talented pitchers. So what had such great promise at the end of 2010 has evaporated due to Daniels poor trades and inaction, when action was needed to maintain "THE DYNASTY".
A ps: an excellent article to read is BASEBALL AMERICA recent issue 1320 and front page story: "CRAWDADS CRAZY" 'A Hickory team stacked with premium prospects like Joey Gallo provides a glimpse of the Rangers future'
Wow Lee, you're all over the place. You bury some of you're good points by making weak ones.
Lets not overrate the Cubs haul on the Garza deal. I don't love Garza as he's one of those sabremetric darlings that'll finish his career below .500, but the Cubs didn't exactly come away with Mike Trout here. Grimm had a good arm, but pitched to a 6.00 ERA. He desperately needs another pitch and was having forearm problems when he was dealt. Ramirez has had a history of balky shoulder problems who was basically bitch-slapped when he pitched in AAA last year. I liked CJ and was hoping he wouldn't be in the deal, but all this dazzle was in the decidely low minors.
Olt was exactly the type of guy you deal away. a guy out of UCONN who had one good minor league season? I'd send him packing as well. Villanueva was a solid prospect without any one great tool. He just didn't have any apparent weakness. But 3rd base is not a position of weakness in the Rangers system.
Chris Davis developed, good for him. But NOBODY saw this type of season coming, certainly not based on what he did with the Rangers, which was basically regress every year. And he was worthless to carry on that 2011 team that went to the World Series.
Here's the deal on the departed players. They miss Hamilton's production...but Hamilton isn't Hamilton anymore. Michael Young ceased being Michael Young a couple of years ago. Napoli had a bad hip and can't catch and originally got $39 million from the Red Sox after dropping 93 points in batting average in one year. CAno and McCann would help, but this ain't fantasy baseball. All the guys you mention will come with a horrible price tag.
Cano is being represented by JayZ now. He want's A-Rod money and years. He'll be 31. Pass.
McCann's a good player and he's 29. It'll take money and years to get him. But he's not really having any better season than AJ, who's on a one year deal. I'm not losing any sleep over Abreu and Tanaka.
Here's the problems in a nutshell. Berkman was hoped to be this years version of Vladdy but physically wasn't up to it. Murphy and Moreland fell off the table out of nowhere. Last year's 18 game winner didn't win any this year. So you've got a bunch of .270 career hitters and Beltre. That's just an okay offense. But nobody's giving us Miguel Cabrera to make it all go away.
With the Talent JD has provided Ron Washington, he should be doing much better. Given the same level of talent, even Bobby Valentine could have won the World Series. Johnny Oates, given this much talent, would have waltzed right into the Hall of Fame upon retirement - he'd have never been fired.
Ozzie Guillen at his worst could have taken this team to 2 straight World Series - and probably won at least one of them!
Dusty Baker would have danced in the streets with talent like Wash has had. Maybe the offense isn't as good this year, but the 3 years before? Better than even what Cincy is putting on the field and the pitching is better, too.
Steve Buechelle could take this team to the World Series.
Hell, give Gary Pettis a shot! He'd HAVE to do better with this talent than his boss has done.
Bring back Clint Hurdle!
But, when a player hits Four 2-run HRs then goes into the tank for the rest of his career..........when a player goes 6-for-6 with a cycle then goes into a FUNK for 6 weeks..........when a team gets on a roll for a month outscoring every other team then can't score squat the month before that and the month after that..........when players get picked off first regularly and look like they are totally surprised the pitcher threw over..........when baserunning blunders are strewn throughout your stat sheets..........when it appears a team is playing with one eye on the ball and the other on the menu of their favorite restaurants (or, maybe that lucrative sponsorship deal they're working on - or movie someone is going to make of them)..........when you have an outfield with a tweaked hammy and have already pinch hit for the pitcher with that OFers replacement (don't have to go to another player) AND, you fail to take into account the guy coming up has big opposite field power so the OFer in question is left playing in too far and hanging in the wind with the World Series right there to win in Game Six...
All of these things are managerial failures. To say we only bring it up because Wash is black is racist and fails to look at what is actually going on with this team. I don't care if Wash is green - his failures to manage the egos of his players, the environment in which his players operate and the day-to-day execution of this team are as plain as the wart on your face you THINK is a nose.
Wash cannot manage. If he is not fired before the end of the season, he WILL BE BACK NEXT SEASON.
And, we'll just do it all over again.
You IDIOT. I guess Wash needs to bring a 20ft python into the clubhouse or a cockatoo or a pair of penguins.Or have the team all wear plaid jackets on the next road trip.Ozzie-Pettis-Booshell or Bobby V huh? THINK you fool.
My gay troll posted that while he was blowin me.
Terry - Wash is not resting his players more. He's shifting them to DH more. Beltre, of the bad hamstrings, is going to play in 159 games this year. Beltre hasn't been right in a month at this point, but its too late now to rest anyone. Andrus missed a week and is basically going to play every other game. Kinsler went on the DL for about 13 games and is basically going to play every other game. If we had set down Beltre sometime in July might he be in better shape right now? Who knows, but he definitely wasn't rested.
Wash is the winningest manager in Rangers history. I don't think he's the best. Wash was given the best team in baseball for two years and took it to the world series. I think Wash was the right manager for those teams, because i think Wash got nearly maximum out of Josh Hamilton. I think most better managers wouldn't have been willing to drop everything that they were doing to cater to Josh at a moments notice. From recent history, I have little doubt that Showalter is a better manager then Wash. I have little doubt that Johnny Oates was a better manager then Wash. I just wonder if this is a team that's past Wash at this point.
johnny oates is dead-so whats the point?
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