Good morning. After watching the A's embarrass themselves by celebrating their collapse from being the best team in baseball to barely able to finish ahead of the Mariners, I heard Tim Bogar say, in his final postgame press conference of the year, "I just wish we would have done one game better." That's really been the story of the last four years of the Texas Rangers, hasn't it?
- 2011: I just wish we would have done one game better in St. Louis.
- 2012: I just wish we would have done one game better in Oakland.
- 2013: I just wish we would have done one game better to avoid Tampa Bay.
- 2014: I just wish we would have done one game better to knock Oakland out of the playoffs after going all in on worst record perk avoidance.
The Rangers have really mastered the art of very nearly getting it done. We don't lead a charmed life as Texas Rangers fans. But then again, at least we're not Seattle Mariners fans.
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For the last time this year, Calvin Watkins provided the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 4-0 season-ending loss to the Oakland A's.
T.R. Sullivan recaps the season finale with the Rangers dropping a chance to put the Mariners in the playoffs even after winning 13 of their previous 15 games.
Anthony Andro writes that GM Jon Daniels and the Rangers now move onto the next order of business which is finding a full time manager. (Spoilers: It's gonna be Tim Bogar.)
Sullivan writes that the Rangers hope to make that full time manager hire by the end of next month. JD apparently plans to interview around 6-7 candidates with three of those people being Mike Maddux, Steve Buechele, and Bogar.
Evan Grant writes that, even though the Rangers spent the last three weeks of the season looking like the best team in baseball under Bogar, Daniels plans to go through the full process of finding a new manager (even though it's totally going to be Bogar).
Katy Clarke as a rundown of JD's entire end-of-the-season press conference with JD touching on everything from expecting the team to win next year to the probability that the Rangers' A-ball team will be in High Desert.
Jeff Wilson too covers the presser and writes that he expects the Rangers to sign a free agent pitcher, count on the Nicks, re-sign Colby Lewis, and look for the high priced position players to live up to expectations next year.
Watkins writes that this offseason will be a big one for Daniels as he has to fix a team that was supposed to contend in 2014 and will be expected to contend in 2015.
Lastly, hey, I guess it wasn't all bad. Adrian Beltre is great. Adrian Beltre is a Ranger. And best of all, we still have Jim Knox.