Billy Beane Screwed Up!

by Charles Parker on September 10, 2014

In 1979 the Rangers had a 5-game lead in the division at the All-Star break. They had just swept the Angels and Nolan Ryan at old Arlington Stadium, and looked unbeatable.

The Rangers were led by their off-season trade of Oscar Gamble. In October of 1978 the Rangers traded fan favorite Mike Hargrove, Kurt Bevacqua, and Bill Fahey to San Diego for Oscar. During his 64 games at Texas he had a .335 BA, .458 OBP, 8 HR’s, and 32 RBI. The Rangers were rolling, and it was clear that the Rangers had finally found their team leader.

The team had a glaring weakness in center field, and had to do something. The Yankees came calling and traded half their farm system along with Mickey Rivers to the Rangers for Oscar. Rivers did add a tremendous help to the outfield, but the Rangers lost their biggest bat and Mr. Clutch.

They went on to finish the 1979 with a record of 83-79, but finished 3rd in the division behind the Angles, and Royals.

With all the tough times this team has been through this year, the team seems more like a Ghost Ship than anything else. The team died early and nobody is at the helm now with Wash gone. All the guys that brought the team titles, bringing nightly excitement to the park are gone too.

So where does this team go from here?

Many are speculating on trading Elvis Andrus, and others away to gain some bats. There are any number of opinions on the potential for trades. Those ideas are all great, and it is fun to play my ideal lineup. The reality is that to get what you want you have to give up something. That trade for Rivers for Gamble had a host of other players involved. None of those guys ever played in the major leagues. Not a single one threw a pitch, or took a swing. Names like Ray Fontenot (had a couple of years in the show), Gene Nelson, Robert Polinsky, Neal Mersch, Mark Softy are all relegated to the status of player to be named.

It takes leadership to win along with talent. This team clearly is terrible, and yes the team gets some guys back next year, but before you fill out your dream batting order let’s hope that someone up there uses their head. After all the A’s were in great shape, right up until their traded their best hitter, and since that trade they are one of the worst teams in the league.

Sometimes it is best to hold what you have and add a guy or two the easy way, and not think about trading your good stuff away. The Rangers look to have a clot up the middle with Elvis, Profar, and Odor, but can you really have too much of anything when you team loses 100 games.

For my money, I would say, Nelson Cruz signed a one year deal with Baltimore, go sign him, get your injured guys back, and find a #2 pitcher and I think this team will do much better. Don’t trade just because the grass is greener, it cost the team in 1979, and the team has had enough turmoil this year. JD, are you listening, Billy Beane your hero screwed up, don’t do the same thing!

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Ron Washington Says Goodbye

by Ben Dieter on September 5, 2014

 Ron Washington Says GoodbyeIn a move that shocked just about everyone, former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said goodbye to the Texas Rangers organization today. Here is a portion of his statement from texasrangers.com

“Today, I have submitted my resignation from the job I love — managing the Rangers — in order to devote my full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter.   As painful as it is, stepping away from the game is what’s best for me and my family.

“This is in no way related to the disappointing performance of the team this season. We were already discussing 2015 and looking forward to getting the Rangers back to postseason contention.

“I deeply regret that I’ve let down the Rangers organization and our great fans. Over the past eight seasons, it’s been a privilege to be part of some of the best years in club history and I will always be grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here, and for the great management, players, and coaches who have made our time here a success. Thank you for respecting my privacy.”

As a long time Texas Rangers fan I am surprised and confused  by today’s announcement. I liked Ron Washington, even though sometimes I questioned his ability to be a good in game manager. He made some odd choices in his eight years as the Texas Rangers manager, and he also made some good ones.

 

He is and will be for the foreseeable future the winningest manager in Texas Rangers history, and he will have the record for post season wins for a while as well. The Rangers just continue to get big blows this season, as Ron Washington is just the latest.

 

The Rangers are going to lose 100+ games, and Ron Washington is not to blame for that in my opinion.  I wish him well in his future endeavors and I hope that everything is okay with him and his family. I now look forward to the search for the next Rangers manager even if we never understand why Ron Washington left. Lets Go Rangers.

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Leadership for the Future

September 5, 2014

Another executive has left the Rangers, as Jim Miller will move to President of the Round Rock Express. That would be another defection with upward movement to the Astros organization. Miller was a key player in building MLB credibility under the Ryan years. On the field the Rangers are mired in another losing streak, as of […]

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Why Watch Texas Rangers Baseball?

August 20, 2014

This season has been a dreadful one for the Texas Rangers baseball club and their fans. It has been hard to watch some nights, and other nights it has been just plain disappointing. There have been the occasional nights where it was fun, but lets face it, those have been few and far between in […]

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The 2014 Rangers

August 15, 2014

  Well, what can we say about the 2014 Rangers that attempts to put a positive spin on one of the worst seasons in franchise history, not to mention the most disappointing? After all, this was a season of high hopes, wasn’t it? We technically made the playoffs last year, even if it was a […]

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