Tejeda said he has been having trouble repeating his motion. I’m betting he’ll be trying to repeat it in OKC in five days time. I took a look at his release points in Gameday tonight, and his horizontal release point was varying about 10 inches, which isn’t too bad, but his vertical was varying about 13 inches, which is terrible. In the past when both I and others looked, a good pitcher was getting their release point variation down to about half the size of a sheet of letter sized paper. Tejeda’s variation would be a couple of inches in each direction larger than the paper. Combine that with his lack of pitches, and he’s in double trouble. He was hitting the mid 90s with his fastball tonight, a peak of 95.5, which is 2 or 3 mph slower than he was earlier this year. And he’s still throwing over 100 pitches to get through five innings, which is terrible. Could there be something wrong? Apart from ability, or the pitching coach, that is. Time for him to go to AAA and work things out.
More Teixeira talks, latest I heard was that the Yankees are losing interest because of the price, and the Red Sox are stepping up. Hmm, trying to get the Yankees and Red Sox in a bidding war is always a good thing. Someone just needs to get Steinbrenner involved, and we might be able to ask for heaven and earth.
Jamey Newberg was profiled on NBC5 tonight (and they spelled his name wrong! Jaimie, if you would believe it). If you didn’t see it, I’m sure he will have the clip on YouTube, probably already. I like Jamey, I’ve been reading his stuff for years, and he is one of the inspirations for this blog. What I don’t like is his unending sunshine and happiness, and he even alluded to that in the report, saying that he doesn’t like the negative blogs on the Rangers. Well, I doubt Jamey is reading this, but if you are, I’ll just say one thing: .429. I think I’m pretty negative about the Rangers, but that number should tell you why. They flatter to deceive, they’re always promising the moon and delivering nothing, and it’s frustrating. At least if you’re a Royals fan or a D-Rays fan, you know your team is going to suck and you put up with it, or you don’t watch. But every year you hear about how the Rangers are going to win this year, and every year it’s the same. Even in what Jamey would call the great year of 2004, they still finished 3rd. Jamey, among others, has idolized every player coming through the system, imagining them all as number one starters, or batting champs, or home run champs, or whatever, and most of them don’t pan out. And then he also projects every one of them to win more than they possibly can, and ends up frustrating me more and more. You know what, Jamey, sometimes it rains. This year, 42.9% of the time.
But I am being pretty harsh on Jamey, and perhaps it is really the Rangers fault. Let’s look at one of his annuals, 2001 this time: His minor league player of the year rankings were Mench, Carlos Pena, Hafner, Pedro Valdes, Blalock and Michael Young. Of those, Valdes did very little at the major league level, but the rest have done pretty good. His minor league pitcher of the year ranks were Jovanny Cedeno, Spike Lundberg, Aaron Harang, Andy Pratt, Colby Lewis, Brian Sikorski. Enough said. Of those, only Harang could be said to have had a decent career. Now, this is not to attack Jamey, because this is player of the year not top prospect, but this would be an indictment of the Rangers: develop hitters, don’t develop pitchers. But keep reading through Jamey’s stuff and you hear name after name that will be a superstar, and then you look back years later and 99% of them don’t make the majors. Yes, I know that’s the way the minors work, but my point is if you’re taking a realistic view of the team, or the minor league system, reality is that a few of them will make it and the rest are junk. Jamey hasn’t yet managed to differentiate between the two, even though at some point it’s pretty darn obvious.
But I’m still on his mailing list, and will remain so unless he reads this and kicks me off. I’ve just got to remember to take it with a pinch of salt. And as a final thought on the topic, the alternative would be to not care at all about the Rangers, especially with Cowboys camp opening this week, and not caring is in my opinion worse than being negative.
Great quote from Sosa on the Rangers website today: “I’ll be all right,” Sosa said. “The good guy in the movie never dies.” Apparently he never saw Private Ryan. He’s been playing so badly that I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Rangers release him, since there’s no trade interest. Jason Botts is due off the DL in a few days, and is apparently healing well, and my guess is some time in AAA to make sure he’s okay and then come August 1 he’ll be up in the big leagues, with Sosa on his way out.
Seattle coming to town, four games in three days. Tuesday will be the long night, starting the first game of the double header at 4. I’d go if I could get off work, and if I wanted to spend hours in the hot sun toiling away for no reward. But then if I did that my name would be Tejeda.