Don't know how I missed this earlier, but Jim Reeves goes off on a rant in the S-T today.
It is worth keeping in mind that Reeves was one of the biggest Showalter supporters out there, but still...some highlights...
They should be Nos. 26 and 27 in line for the guillotine, right after every player on the 25-man roster loses his head.
Seems a bit histrionic to me -- particularly the part about firing a manager 45 games in -- but whatever...
It was Hicks who hired the youngest and rawest general manager in baseball history and didn't insist that he at least add a veteran baseball voice as a sounding board in the front office. Then the owner compounded the problem by signing off on a manager with absolutely zero major league managerial experience.
Oh, yeah, I almost forgot. John Hart is still on board, taking Hicks' money, as a consultant.
So why should we be surprised that the Rangers have floundered in the first seven weeks?
So the Rangers have been awful the first seven weeks because Jon Daniels is a second year g.m. and Ron Washington is a first year manager?
I don't really disagree with that (although I do think that the 2003 draft was pretty good, and there are some positive signs from the 2005 and 2006 drafts), but...
IF Daniels still has a job? Is this journalistic hyperbole? Or is Reeves really suggesting that Daniels might not be the g.m. in 3 weeks?
Daniels should also be looking for new homes for Catalanotto (good luck on getting anyone to take that contract), Vicente Padilla (ditto), Kenny Lofton, Eric Gagné and, yes, Sosa. Even Aki Otsuka, who is arbitration-eligible next season, should be shopped.
We've beaten the Teixeira thing to death. But I'm at a loss as to why Reeves thinks the Catalanotto and Padilla contracts would be so difficult to move...they've gotten off to awful starts (and can't be traded until after June 15 anyway), but neither of them have exorbinant contracts. Cat's, in particular, is quite digestable, and should be pretty easily movable (assuming he starts hitting again).
And I don't understand why Padilla made the cut for guys to get rid of, but not Millwood.
"I was trying to do it myself, and sometimes when I said some things, it just didn't go over right, and it was like I was trying to make a change in the way they played," Washington said. "That's not what I was trying to do. I was just trying to make them understand how to play winning baseball."
The irony is delicious. The team allegedly playing so tight under the rigid Showalter locked up completely under self-proclaimed players' manager Washington.
"Now that I look back on it, they probably did, but that's my fault for putting too much expectations on the people here," Washington said. "I've begun to learn what they're about and what makes them tick, what turns them off. Now I'm staying away from what turns them off."
Here's what turns me off: Under-performing players on a losing team who are so wrapped up in their own numbers they balk at learning how to play unselfish, team baseball.
How many general managers or managers have to be fired before we understand that the genesis of the problem here lies in two key places: at the very top and in the clubhouse.
This is what this column boils down to...Reeves thought Showalter should have stayed, and sees this start as a vindication of his point of view.