Lots of characters have been spent over the recent move of Michael Young from 2nd to 6th in the Rangers lineup. We all know lineups don't mean much, blah, blah, blah. But, I'm wondering, if this was a decision made by Ron Washington or the front office?
I have a hard time convincing myself that our veteran-lover - play the game the right way - pay your dues manager was having a cup of coffee and a cigarette in his home in January and said to himself "I think I should move Michael down to the sixth spot." Seems much more likely that JD and Co. made this decision. This may have been brought up in some comments before, but I haven't seen Adam, GoET or any local writers suggest this. Is this the straw that broke the camel's back for Young? Hey Michael, "we're moving you to DH/1B". Hey Michael, "We just acquired Napoli, you might not be playing so much 1B." Oh yeah, "You're also going to be batting 6th in the lineup."
I think JD ordering Young's move to the 6th spot may have been a huge part of Young's offseason temper tantrum. I'm thinking that JD sees two players headed in opposite directions, performance wise (Young and Andrus), and wanted to be proactive about this change. If Young was sucking it up in June, it may have been harder and more dramatic to make this change. All this being said, it's not that big of a deal to us but I think it is a big deal to the players. When was the last time Michael Young didn't bat in the 1st inning of a game he started?