Let’s forget. 67 comments


Let’s forget about March.

Let’s forget about April. And May. And June. And July.

Let’s forget about 2017.  And 2014.

Let’s forget how 2016 ended. And how 2105 ended. And 2013. And 2012. And especially 2011.

Let’s only remember the last eight games where the Rangers are 7-1.

The Rangers are playing great baseball lately. And it just underscores how badly they need pitching. And how bad this front office has been at drafting and developing pitching.

If only.

Let’s forget about the last twelve years of drafting incompetence.

Let’s forget about all of that and just enjoy what we have seen the last few days.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Yefry Ramirez (1-4, 4.59) vs. TBD
Game time: 2:05

  • JacobMcCandles

    As Nat King Cole sang……Unforgettable..applies😄🍺😎

  • Nathan Whitten

    With very few exceptions, I love your views on games and the game of baseball in general. But to say “Let’s forget about the last 12 years” as a reaction to a well-pitched and well-played game by the Rangers is a head-scratcher to me. Based on the time frame indicated by 12 years, I assume that you want to forget about Daniels’ tenure as GM. That’s your prerogative, but I do not want to forget the best years in Ranger history. Those occurred while Daniels has been GM. No, there are no World Series pennants flying over The Ballpark, but there were some great years in that period. The Rangers did not begin being bad at developing pitchers when JD became GM. That started before he was born. All Ranger fans would like to see that change. I will grant that it is an area that he has not made a priority, else we’d seen more Ranger pitching draftees help the Rangers’ ML team.

    With the contract extension that he may not have deserved, we will have a chance to see if JD learned a lesson. I am not real sure how the GM effects a new attitude throughout the organization, but if one man can do it, I believe we’ll see him try. Whether we like it or not, he’s going to be the GM for the foreseeable future. I’d like that future to be bright. I’d love to see the Ranger rotation resemble that of our in-state and intra-division rival. Develop most of your pitchers, then get the missing link via trade or free-agency to take you all the way. We don’t have to forget some very good years to see that happen.

    • dearmidol

      Nathan, I have to admit one thing here. I was way way way over served last night when I wrote this and posted it. I had forgotten to finish that last thought. Which I just did.

      Sorry.

      • elkaba

        Over served or not, Kevin, I thought you were spot on. Maybe the alcohol just made you brutally honest. 🙂

        It’s been a curiosity to me why this season is bothering me so much, and it is. I’ve about decided it has to do with settled expectations as much as anything else. We all followed the Rangers for donkey’s years when they were worse than this season in many ways, when there was little or no youth out there to excite expectations, when there was nothing stretching before us fans but more and more years of cheap, hot, mediocre baseball to look forward to. And look forward we did. Eagerly, if not cheerfully.

        That’s all changed now. Right or wrong, back to back trips to the World Series have changed our expectations, or at least they’ve changed mine. It’s no longer poppycock to believe we could win it all- we know for a fact we can. We’ve come within a single strike of doing it. And it’s not like we haven’t had chances to repeat that effort since. We have.

        But nowadays we appear to have become that team that always starts and plays every season a few cards shy of a full deck, most especially when it comes to pitching. And most of us know by now that’s no way to get us back to one strike away. There’s a few reasons why that may be so, and they aren’t all JD’s fault.

        For one, I still hear managers and pundits referring to our ballpark as a hitter’s park. I guess old reputations die hard in baseball. Perhaps JD is still having to fight that rep when looking for pitching.

        Second, there’s still the issue of playing in this heat. I know everyone says that athletes are used to playing in hot weather, etc., but perhaps pitchers do have in mind that a season or several seasons performing in an oven won’t exactly do wonders for their career numbers. And who wouldn’t prefer to work outdoors in 80 degrees as opposed to 100+?

        And both of those reasons exist before you even get to scouting, drafting and development, which by now most of us realize has also a been suspect in our pitching woes.

        The new digs should take care of the heat and the lingering hitter’s park issue. But it remains to be seen if JD can move from fielding partial teams and on to shoring up scouting and development. (The management of whatever pitching staff we have is another discussion.)

        To Nathan’s point that it hasn’t all been bad, I think he’s right. And we all know that, but then I think we all also have the right to expect to see progress being made toward moving on from 12 frustrating years of close but no cigar.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Stadium and heat has zero influence…….money does. If you ask a pitcher where would he want to go then perhaps we are not on the top of the list, but green makes it cool, Fans are more troubled with the heat than players. Does it affect performance, sure it does but it doesn’t keep someone from coming here…..green makes it cool.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Send me money….make sure he gets it😎

        • Nathan Whitten

          Well-said, elk. I don’t give JD a permanent break. But, he built this team to the precipice once. Maybe he can go past that now. He has time to try. If progress isn’t seen fairly soon, it is time to really start over. I don’t want to have to go through a new GM, unless it’s obviously needed. I hope he succeeds for our sakes–not for his.

      • Nathan Whitten

        Hey, Kevin, I am the expert at going too far. Glad you had fun and a subway or taxi or somebody else driving. I had a feeling that this didn’t seem like the typical Kevin. I should have just let it go at that. You’re good at what you’re doing for us.

        By the way. How do we reimburse you for keeping us up with our team?

        • dearmidol

          Send me a check for $100,000 now.

          • Nathan Whitten

            That’s fair. As a group, we will get together and do it. I can’t organize something so important instantly. But I see no problem in getting the cash together. Heck, I have more money than I know what to do with. After all, I have been teaching college math for 35 years. You must know how wealthy I am.

    • Rowdy Yates

      I hesitate to comment on your post Nathan as I agree with so much of it and as always with your posts it’s well thought through and expressed.

      JD has certainly helmed the best yrs in Tx Rangers history. Even from the Grieve yrs thru the JD yrs the Rangers have put an exciting, generally high scoring team on the field. But throughout it all the pitching has been mediocre at best and I can’t remember a yr when the Rangers have had three let alone four starting pitchers in the rotation that were solid.. They usually don’t even have two. The BPs IMO have generally been better than the rotation but even they’ve consistently failed in the postseason. Cruz never woulda had the chance to drop the pop up in the Series if the the BP had been solid. They didn’t just blow that game once but a couple times and have done the same in several postseason series. Seems to me the starting rotations under JD have mostly been a tossed together bunch of mostly failed guys from other teams because the Rangers farm system hasn’t delivered a dependable starting rotation …. ever. And that has to be on the GM who’s been in charge for over a decade now.

      • Nathan Whitten

        Rowdy, thanks for the nice comment. And, as usual, you are on-target with yours. Will we ever forget Game 6? I think nothing short of strike 3 will do it.

  • GoRangers23

    Lol Midol

  • azrangerfan

    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/08/rangers-sign-drew-hutchison-to-major-league-deal.html
    Todays Starting Pitcher.
    Must find someone to take the bump. I guess this is JD’s latest find.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Should fit in perfectly with the Rangers 2nd worst starting rotation in MLB this yr. Article states: “He’s best known for his run with the Blue Jays from 2012-16 – a 76-appearance, 73-start stretch in which he put up a 4.92 ERA”. That ERA is right where JD apparently likes ’em.

      • elkaba

        So, in other words, no stress!

  • dearmidol
    • Rowdy Yates

      Drat! Will have to find new reasons to hate the Los Anaheims. Which shouldn’t be hard to do.

    • Gregor_S

      Well I hope he doesn’t replace Banny. While he would provide the world’s most entertaining facial expressions, he’s also the only manager on earth with a quicker hook than Banister.

      But it would be nice if Banny replaced Scioscia.

    • elkaba

      He vehemently, strenuously, absolutely denies this… probably true.

  • dearmidol

    Last night:

    Drank a few beers. Hopped on the subway to Citi Field. Arrive early. Found a nearby bar. Drank a few beers. Went to the game. By the way, the seats in the lower deck are $400. I said, no thanks.
    Watched the Mets beat the Braves. Drank a few beers. Ran into some great Mets fans, went to a bar. Drank a few beers. Headed back to Brooklyn. A friend called. We met. Had a few beers. Then a few more. Than a few more. And, then we went somewhere else for beer. My head is not my friend today.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Many of us have ‘been there, done that” on more than one occasion. Why don’t we ever learn? My wife says it’s because we’re “guys, and guys don’t learn”.

      • dearmidol

        Ha. It might have been because my wife wasn’t with me.

        • JacobMcCandles

          What happens in NY stays in NY

    • elkaba

      What? You’re pretending to be twenty-something? LOLA

      • dearmidol

        Ha. It was stupid.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Makes NY more acceptable. Short ride to Saratoga……prettiest track in the US

    • TD30

      Well as long as you just had a “few beers” I’m sure it’s fine. 😂😂🤣

  • TD30
  • JacobMcCandles

    George Washington says Os today

  • JacobMcCandles

    Astros going for sweep today of the Doyers…..road record is 39-17 Gotta be the best in a long time.

  • TD30

    Well that was a cluster. Glad they got an out after that mess.

  • GoRangers23

    Has anyone happened to mention why they signed this guy and immediately threw him out there to pitch?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Hutchison should be better than Moore,Colon,ABD…….whatever that says

  • JacobMcCandles

    16 gm hitting streak for Elvis

  • GoRangers23

    He almost got it out of there! Nice triple Elvis!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Wow that was a strike…thanks Ump

  • GoRangers23

    Woo Hoo!

  • GoRangers23

    Woopsie.

  • Rowdy Yates

    JD just called me. We’re discussing a short term contract that would pay me $1.2 million for the balance of the season as RH reliever. Downside is I have to get to Arlington today before the end of the game to make my 1st relief appearance since 1963.

    • GoRangers23

      😂.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Great Vin Scully did the intro to the Stros/LA game

  • GoRangers23

    We might have to take him back to the store and get a refund.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Think his warranty has already expired.

      • TD30

        Lemon Law?

        • Rowdy Yates

          Good idea. They’ve got him out there another inning hoping to get the ERA under 10.00.

        • GoRangers23

          Yes! 😄

  • Rowdy Yates

    Hey JD. Hutchison’s not a keeper. 3 innings into the game and his ERA is 18.00. Throw him back … PLEASE!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Roogies avg up to .275…..OBA to .355, 1 error in 45 games….base running fantastic. Complete overhaul

  • JacobMcCandles

    ******Trivia****** no Google….who has the most All Star appearances? And how many?

    • GoRangers23

      Babe Ruth?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Nope….someone that played a long time

        • Rowdy Yates

          Willie Mays?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Nope…..clue he was in 25 of them…next closest Arod at 14

          • azrangerfan

            Arod can’t be #2. Now I’ve got to look it up. lol

    • azrangerfan

      cal ripken

      • JacobMcCandles

        Hank Aaron

        • azrangerfan

          Of course! Ripken & Mays both had to be close though

  • JacobMcCandles

    Astros employed the shift on all 8 players

  • JacobMcCandles

    Finally someone that sings the song with beauty and talent

  • WhoKnowscs

    Who are the tears sponsoring in today”s walk-a-thon?

  • GoRangers23

    I GUESS they can have one. Only one though. 😄

  • JacobMcCandles

    Banny said Calhouns defense has improved…..I agree

    • Nathan Whitten

      Then he might be our LF for quite a while, unless he has the arm for RF. He really can hit. Darvish was not wasted. That is a good thing. Maybe another member of the core that takes the Rangers back to the top. Gallo, Odor, Mazara, Calhoun, Deshields(defense and speed), Guzman. That’s a formidable group. All in early 20’s. Just need some pitching, the age-old problem.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Elvis as a young senior, RC

  • azrangerfan

    Jake, most all star games
    Most Seasons on All-Star Roster
    Player Years Played Seasons on Roster
    Hank Aaron* 1954-1976 21
    Willie Mays* 1951-1973 20
    Stan Musial* 1941-1963 20
    Cal Ripken Jr.* 1981-2001 19

    • JacobMcCandles

      Huh…..MLB said Aaron at 24….Arod second…..but that makes more sense. Thanks