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Who takes the fall if the Rangers miss the playoffs?

Sep 18, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

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Last year the Rangers staggered and sort of fell backwards into the playoffs. This year they’re staggering again and may not make it at all.  If you do that two years in a row, someone’s gotta take the fall, right?

Maybe not the manager, though.

Two smart takes on that today. First from Ken Rosenthal, who says that while some may call for Ron Washington’s head if the Rangers miss the playoffs, the more interesting thing to watch may be the front office dynamics. Could Nolan Ryan regain the power he’s lost?  The second take is from Yahoo!’s Tim Brown who says that this isn’t Wash’s fault so he shouldn’t take the fall.

I agree. Nelson Cruz‘s absence and the simple failure to execute by the players who are there is what’s happening. I can’t look to anything Washington has or has not done to warrant his dismissal. Not that people won’t be calling for his or someone else’e head anyway.

  1. 1ambetterthanyou - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Maybe Seinfeld can take over as manager. Now that his announcer gig is about to flop, he can use his baseball knowledge to fix what Ron Washington messed up.

    • paint771 - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      What’s the deal with Nelson Cruz? He’s in he’s out he’s fat he’s thin…make up your mind already! And performance enhancing drugs? Have you seen him play right field? Because if he’s taking drugs to not botch fly balls to right field in playoff championship clinching games…well I’d ask for my money back, that’s what I’d do! I’d march right back to the performance enhancing drug store and say “Sir, these does not work as advertised! I demand a store credit.”

      • troy10 - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        having no idea what your point was….

      • paint771 - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        Should I have added “/Seinfeld voice” to the end of that post?

        Kind of figured the “What’s the deal” would have been a dead giveaway.

      • mikey1956 - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Love the Seinfeld references. Also, see Jose Conseco for more info on PEDs and fielding performance.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Can’t we just blame video games? Seems to be the norm now.

  3. dowhatifeellike - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Probably the guy who traded Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter for Koji Uehara, then let Koji walk.

    • Jonestein - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Wow, that’s some bold hindsight GMing right there.

      • dowhatifeellike - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        Well, should we judge a GM on whether his moves made sense at the time, or how they work out? Results are paramount, and that trade did not get the desired result for Texas.

    • hellboundglory9 - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Bullshit. Daniels is a big reason why the Rangers have had five straight winning seasons, three straight 90-win seasons (possibly four, if they can get it together and win eight of their last 12), and two AL championships. True, the Davis trade stings in retrospect, but for all we know he may have not have flourished the way he has without a change in environment and coaching. The trades for Dempster and Garza bombed, and he may have put a bit too much faith in David Murphy.

      However, the good outweighs the bad by far. Daniels built up one of the best farm systems in baseball. He turned Mark Teixeira into Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison, and Neftali Feliz. Mike Napoli’s power and OBP is missed, but he can’t really catch regularly anymore and Pierzynski’ been a solid replacement. He got Alex Rios for basically nothing. He didn’t overpay in money or years for Josh Hamilton. I hated to see him leave, but I wouldn’t have wanted him for more than three years this past offseason, and with his performance this year that non-move looks even better. He let Koji and Mike Adams go, but the Rangers have the second-best bullpen in the AL and fourth in baseball in 2013.

      This was supposed to be somewhat of a transitional, yet competitive season, and I think they have accomplished that perfectly fine, the last two weeks notwithstanding. I think there will be some changes next year, but doubt Daniels or Washington will be gone (especially not Daniels). The Rangers haven’t become one of the best MLB organizations by being overly reactionary.

      I expect people to make dumb comments on the internet, but the number of thumbs-up your comment got is kind of disturbing. In my time lurking at this site the last two years, I had gotten the impression that HBT readers as a whole tend to be on the smarter side, unlike the caveman demographic over at ESPN and other sites who will spew shit like that.

  4. senioreditor2 - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    They were 1 strike away from winning it all a few years ago, blew a lead last season and now they’re imploding again…….maybe Washington needs to go?

  5. coloradogolfcoupons - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    How was Washington not fired the MINUTE he handed the 2011 WS lineup card to the umpire with Mikey Young batting CLEANUP??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    Worst managerial move in the HISTORY of MLB. Worst managerial call in all of SPORTS history.

    • dan1111 - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Did you know that batting order doesn’t even matter very much?

      Also, are you really so quizzical that you have to break the site’s formatting just to show it? (By the way, when I read your comment in my head, I have a rising “question” inflection in my voice that continues to go higher and higher for that whole line. It really takes your comment to another level).

    • kingscourt25 - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Michael Young was really good in 2011

      • coloradogolfcoupons - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Young flopped in the 2011 WS at the plate AND the field, Hamilton, who would have enjoyed some protection from Napoli or Cruz, BOTH of whom were on historic HR binges (and wer slotted 8th and 6th) hit .222.

        Young was a singles hitter. Not only was this the worst lineup mistake in history, Washington compounded it the next year by hitting Young 5th most of the year, despite putting up the 2nd worst numbers for a regular in MLB.

        Young, when trying to hit for power, pulls off the ball viciously and is a veritable GIDP MACHINE

        Hitting second, where he belonged, he goes to right and was a great 2-hole hitter.

        Go back and research Napoli and Cruz’s stats for Sept and October and tell me YOUNG should have batted 4th. There is not a single baseball person on earth who would have made that mistake except Washington, who has had a man-crush on Young forever.

  6. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    They seem to be lacking a professional hitter…..

  7. historiophiliac - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Anytime Garza wants to make an actual apology to Kaycee Sogard and female baseball fans and the Rangers sign on to put a stop to sexism in baseball instead of being part of the problem, I am willing to get rid of my voodoo doll.

  8. troy10 - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    That’s the problem with sports..don’t get me wrong.. I’m a huge sports fan. But Texas was a perennial loser, at least middle of the road team, before Washington got there. Sure they had a couple decent seasons when the were filled with PED users.. but now everyone is spoiled. I hope they do fire Washington and go back to what they were. There is just no chance for consistency anymore..

    • dan1111 - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Jon Daniels, and possibly Nolan Ryan, deserve the credit for that. The Rangers teams that they have built would be good with any decent manager.

      Not that Washington is necessarily at fault for the team’s collapse(s).

  9. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Has to be Josh Hamilton, for leaving the team without an easy scapegoat.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      He lets them down again.

      • dan1111 - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        But that would mean he is the scapegoat, which means he hasn’t left them without a scapegoat, which would mean it isn’t his fault, which would mean he has left them without a scapegoat, which would mean it is his fault, which would mean…

  10. weaselpuppy - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Long history of PED use by the organization? Check.

    Manager is a coke-head? Check.

    Current history of PED abuse by biggest power hitter on team? Check.

    Decline phase starting for All-star players? Check

    Overhyping of slappy shortstops? Check.

    Good luck keeping this ship together with all that mess.

  11. miketreedy - Sep 18, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    It’s never only the Mangers fault but that doesn’t mean it’s not his time to go. Sometime the players just need a new voice in their ear. Washington has been the manager of the Rangers for 8 years. He’s the only manager that Elvis, Kinsler, Mooreland & Holland have ever had. This is the second year in a row that the Rangers have faded at the end of the season. Let another manager see what he can do now.

    If Terry Francona can be fired from the Red Sox, it shouldn’t be that shocking that the Rangers would fire Washington after two back-to-back collapses. Just a note to the Rangers – please don’t hire Bobby Valentine.

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