A Tuesday in the midst of a bad season, coming off an off-day. As a result, not much out there...
Todd Wills talks about Michael Young coming out of his slump. Not that it makes a hell of a lot of difference at this point, but still, nice to see...
Jim Reeves follows up his earlier column ripping Ron Washington by giving Washington equal time, and allowing him to address some of the issues:
There was also a report about veteran starting pitcher Kevin Millwood intervening when Washington was berating second-year catcher Gerald Laird in the dugout during a game.
I'm on record as saying getting into a fight with your star player really isn't smart, and humiliating a second-year catcher in front of his peers is simply wrong. Johnny Bench couldn't make better pitchers out of these guys. But the Rangers' official take is that these were minor dustups that came and went in a day.
Maybe so, but they run counter to Washington's advertised strengths of being able to communicate and handle players. What we hadn't heard is Washington's version of the events.
"I'm not the only manager that ever screamed at a player," he said defensively when I asked him about the meeting with Tex. "I'm not the only manager who ever called a player in his office.
"It never was a thing where we were up in here screaming. I read where somebody said they passed the door and I'm screaming. I've never screamed at a player since I've been here, other than in the dugout."
The dugout incident involved Laird.
"Yeah, I've been hard on Gerald," Washington admitted. "Gerald is the catcher. He handles our pitching staff. Yes, I've been hard on Gerald, and I don't deny that. But it's not like it's been written, that's for sure."
Washington later apologized to Laird, Millwood and pitcher Joaquin Benoit in front of the whole team, saying he stands by his message but should have handled it differently.
So...assuming Reeves new take is right, and Washington called Teixeira into his office because he was angry that Teixeira ignored a take sign, did Washington handle things wrong?
Meanwhile, Jennifer Engel jumps on the bandwagon...after her colleagues Reeves and Randy Galloway jumped on Washington, she is offering her "me, too" on Washington, with some sarcastic comments about Adam Melhuse leading to a pennant thrown in...