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Has Ron Washington learned his lesson?

May 8, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

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The Texas Rangers tied a postseason record when they issued 12 intentional walks last October. Some worked out, but overall, the Rangers likely would have upped their chances of winning the World Series had they just avoided the strategy entirely.

Which seems to be what Ron Washington is doing this year. The Rangers have played 29 games this season without issuing a single intentional walk. And, for what it’s worth, they’re currently 19-10 on the season with the second-best bullpen ERA in the majors at 2.02.

Of course, Washington last year didn’t start going crazy with the intentional walks until the postseason. His team issued 21 during the regular season. Only the Red Sox, Diamondbacks and Brewers issued fewer. Still, the complete absence of intentional walks this year seems like a philosophy change. At last year’s pace, his team would have issued 4 IBBs so far this season.

The Rangers are the only team without an intentional walk handed out this season. The White Sox have issued just one, with the Diamondbacks, Mets and Twins right behind at two apiece. Manager Ozzie Guillen’s Marlins lead the way in intentional walks at 20, with the Padres (13) and Yankees (12) next on the list.

  1. Old Gator - May 8, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    That’s because Slobbering Ozzie’s Feesh had more sub-Mendoza hitters coming to the plate behind the guys who were intentionally walked, making getting to them such no-brainers.

    • georgia - May 8, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      Especially when they faced the Padres.

    • spindervish - May 8, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      Pretty sure you read that wrong. I believe they’re first in IBB issued, not received.

    • vivabear - May 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Agreed….in Gator’s haste to run his cocksucker (mouth) against Ozzie Guillen, you didn’t take the time to even read the details of the article. Better luck next time.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 8, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        Gator may have fudged on this one, but have some respect. He’s one of my favorite aspects of HBT, and one of the most intelligent.

      • vivabear - May 8, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        Right….since when has anyone respected anyone else on the internet…including Gator, on this site’s comment section.

      • Old Gator - May 8, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        Vivabear began the day as a lowlife, and then, with that witless slum playground level comment, finished it as a lower life. You gotta wonder, with an otherwise innocuous error like that engendering such any hysterical and vitriolic reaction, what it is that’s really wrong with him, aside from not being especially bright. True, I misread that one. Oh horrors. But then, the Feesh batting order, which had something like four regulars batting within ten points of .200 either way, was just too beeg a target to ignore.

      • Old Gator - May 8, 2012 at 6:10 PM

        PS – as an adjustment to my comment about Slobbering Ozzie’s batting order, here’s one on his peetching staff which conforms to the original statistical information. How about this: on a staff that has issued so many walks altogether, how would you sort out which ones were intentional in the first place?

        There. I’ve forgiven myself.

      • vivabear - May 8, 2012 at 6:39 PM

        gator likes to label other people as illiterate, this time looks like he’s the semi-illiterate one. Also, intentional walks are pretty easy to identify, they’re the ones where the catcher stands up & holds his arm out, then catches the pitch in the batter’s box opposite the batter.

      • Old Gator - May 8, 2012 at 10:43 PM

        Ackcherley, that’s just the catcher signaling the vendors in the expensive field boxes that he could use a beer (and a drumstick, if he’s playing in Beanbag territory).

        As for your literacy quotient, I’ll just let your mastery of capitalization and punctuation in the foregoing post be its own most hilarious commentary.

      • vivabear - May 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        Yeah not capitalizing “gator” and using a few commas is so hilarious. A lot of the comments posted here are probably done on a phone – I’m sure a bright fellow such as yourself could realize typing on a small touch screen keyboard isn’t the most conducive method for accurate spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

  2. angrycorgi - May 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    That’s the way baseball go.

  3. Kevin Gillman - May 8, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Wait, so the 1st and only intentional walk the White Sox made was last night against the Indians when they walked Aaron Cunningham? Really?

  4. phillyfan4ever - May 8, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Has he learned you can’t snort coke when ur an old man who looks like a burnt clown

  5. seeinred87 - May 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Walks are runs.

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