So Jon Daniels leads the Rangers to the worst record in baseball and gets a contract extension? Okay, Hicks, you’re trying to show you’re behind him, but this is way the wrong time to do that. He still had a year and a half left on his contract, you can wait until the end of the season. That way you don’t try and distract from all your other problems. I don’t know what the subtext to all this is, but it’s weird timing. Maybe because I’ve been talking about firing people, you think you need to support him? Sorry, Tom, you’re the one who needs to go, not JD. Actually, I flip-flop on JD all the time, some days I like him, some I don’t. I think I lean toward the idea that he hasn’t had enough time to do things yet, but I also note some of the trades he’s made have been bad. That Chris Young/Adrian Gonzalez one is in line for a nomination as worst trade of all time, certainly for the Rangers.
Of course, Sammy is generally considered the worst Rangers trade, but I don’t know. It’s kind of like the Bagwell thing, you project what you can when they’re that young. And if you want excuses, well, let’s just say three strikeouts tonight made him not worth keeping all those years ago. I prefer the sign that one Cubs fan held up, that said something like “545 HR for the Cubs, 12 for the Rangers, he’s still our Sammy”. Yep, and you can have him. We’ll trade him back any day of the week. Maybe you can give up some middle reliever for him, perhaps that Marmol guy? He looked pretty good tonight, although no-hitting the Rangers over the last five innings isn’t necessarily that great of a feat this year.
Once again, it all started with the rotation, and Tejeda was up and down and up and down all night. He was about as inconsistent as I’ve seen him all year. Got some interesting quotes though. How about: “Tejeda said he changed his approach, going after hitters with his breaking ball first, not his fastball.” Does he have a breaking ball? Not really, it’s a slider, and it doesn’t break that much. If you read my post a couple of days ago about the Rangers rotation, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Does he imagine it is a breaking ball? Does the media (in this case TR Sullivan)? Someone needs to notice he only has two pitches, both are fast but neither break enough to fool people, which is why they can sit on it and why he has an ERA in the sevens.
Back to JD, and some of his other comments today:
“Daniels has already begun talking with other clubs about possible trades, and most of the interest has been in relievers Akinori Otsuka and Eric Gagne.” Okay, trade them. get something good back. Let’s face it, the Rangers are at least a couple of years away, and need to get help for then, not keep them now. I’ve always assumed that Gagne was a rent-a-pitcher, good for a few months then time to trade, but I hadn’t thought of Aki until now. But why not? Can we get some rotation help? Probably not, unless it’s a decent prospect. But in a couple of years CJ Wilson and Tejeda are going to be closing out games (and not necessarily in that order), so let’s use our big chips right now.
“We thought there was a window to win and we made some decisions to capitalize on that,” Daniels said.” This, from someone who took over after the 2005 season, who’d been there for some time before that? Come on! That smacks of someone who really didn’t evaluate their team very well. Either that, or an owner who wanted it to happen no matter what. I’m surprised he didn’t go out and sign a bunch of high priced old guys, like they did in 2000. We all saw how well that worked, didn’t we?
“Our goal is to be one of the premier development organizations in the game,” Daniels said.” Darn it! I thought your goal was to win the World Series. That would be my goal. I mean sure, develop talent that you can use or trade, but don’t say that as your goal. I personally will not consider it a success if you’re stumbling along at 81-81, or even 85-77, even if you get twenty players on different major league teams. I don’t want to be a feeder for other clubs. I don’t want to develop Mark Teixeira (not that he needed developing) or John Danks and watch them walk off with other teams. I want to win the World Series, and frankly, anything less than that is nothing.
“General manager Jon Daniels said the club will work out a program where Main will continue to get some at-bats and some work as a position player, just to keep it an option. But the primary focus will be to develop him as a pitcher.” Oh, good, some kid we drafted as a pitcher wants to play in the field a little and we’re going to play nice and let him. Just in case he doesn’t work out as a pitcher. Good grief! Just wait until he’s running the bases and slides and busts his arm up, and never pitches again. Okay, so maybe Rick Ankiel can turn around and bat once he loses the pitching mojo, but that’s an exception, not something to aim for. What’s the matter, Jon, are you afraid the Rangers pitchers are going to go 1-30 again in interleague play in five years? Stop it, stop it right now. Tell the kid he’s a pitcher and nothing else, he needs to learn how to pitch, and if he can manage to do that, then maybe we’ll see him in five years or so. Screw around with hitting and we’ll throw in the towel right now. By the way, we also signed second rounder Matt West (no relation, but I will buy the t-shirt if he ever makes it), and he said on tv tonight that his aim was to make it here in five years. Dude, you’re 18, in five years you’ll be 23. No superstars decided to wait five years before making the majors. The correct answer to the question is “I want to be up here as soon as possible”. The next answer is “I’m moving to third base because everyone says that’s where I will play, and Hank Blalock sucks when he’s not injured so that’s my best chance of making the big leagues soon”. Okay, I kid about that last one. But also, both of you, you just each got a million bucks, don’t say you’re sticking it in the bank. Say you’re going to Vegas, or buying a Hummer, or something cool. You’re kids, dammit, act like them!
Okay, that’s enough. One down to the Cubs. On the news they said that 75% of the fans were Cubs fans. My guess would be 20%, they’re just a lot noisier than Rangers fans. Kind of like Yankees and Red Sox fans are. They all suck.