Sunday morning things

Well, even with the shortstop/third base fiasco dying down, that story is still the only Rangers related stuff out there this morning.

Jim Reeves this morning has a more tempered take on the Michael Young brouhaha:

The Michael Young/Rangers situation set off a massive debate among D/FW baseball fans that basically split them into two groups.

One side held that the Rangers owed Young more respect than to simply order him to move. The other said Young is a highly compensated employee who needs to simply do what he’s told. That group was bolstered by the "seamheads" — ardent fans of baseball statistics — who judge things almost strictly by the numbers, and thus tend to disparage Young because of his lack of range at short, and ignore the intangibles he brings to the organization.

I suspect that the real answer lies somewhere between those two camps.

The question is whether the contentiousness of the situation could have been avoided with a different approach in the initial meeting between general manager Jon Daniels, manager Ron Washington and Young.

Maybe not. Maybe Young, hating the idea of moving to third, was destined to react just the way he did no matter how the subject was broached.

Whether by plan or fate — or perhaps both — Nolan Ryan didn’t attend the initial meeting and thus was in a position, as a former player himself, to "ride to the rescue" as it were. He could empathize with Young while also pointing out how important the move was to the team. That also allowed Young to eventually realize that he had little choice but to reverse his stance. But he didn’t have to do that with Daniels, whom Young clearly blames for how this was presented.

Again, whether Daniels could have said something differently, added a nuance here or there, is open to debate, but it may simply have been an ugly case of "kill the messenger."

Having been "the messenger" on many occasions, I can relate.

I have to say, I'm more than a little surprised by this turnaround, and this is one of the more reasoned takes on the situation there's been locally.  Hopefully, now that things have died down and some of the smoke has cleared, this will be a trend.

Galloway also has a column up on the situation, which can be boiled down to:

1.  Nolan was the "driving force" behind Young moving to third base, and

2.  "Jon Boy" was "out of his element" in telling Young he was moving -- it should have been Nolan, apparently.


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