Dear Rougned: 90 comments


 

Dear Rougned:

I want to apologize.

You were the worst player in baseball for the last two seasons and I thought you were never going to be worth a damn.

For that, I am sorry.

You were lost. For most of two seasons, you swung at every single pitch that was thrown at you, whether it was a strike or not. Once you swung at a bird flying by.

You said that was your approach and you weren’t going to change it. So, in response, I said you were a worthless piece of baseball player.

While I was right at the time, I would like to say I am sorry for assuming you would always be that bad.

Somewhere, pride kicked in and ego left. And you decided you would change your approach.

And now you have gone from the worst hitter in baseball to one of the best. Like top ten best. Like jaw dropping best.

It’s pretty remarkable what you have done. From all accounts, you have worked hard. Really hard.

And it shows.

So, once again, I would like to apologize for doubting you. And I would like to point out that what you have done these last eight weeks is nothing short of remarkable.

I am nothing more than an avid fan who learned a great lesson in humility.

I was wrong. I apologize. I hope you will forgive me.

Kevin Sutton.

P.S. Shave the beard.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Dylan Bundy (7-9, 4.53) vs. Mike Minor (7-6, 4.73)
Game time: 7:05

How the Orioles hit against Minor.
How the Rangers hit against Bundy.

  • WhoKnowscs

    We have a new 2nd in the division.

    • Nathan Whitten

      No kidding. The A’s are really coming hard. Just as they did when they ran down the Rangers in 2012. They are doing it with a completely different team. It’s no secret that the A’s FO knows how to build a team. Thank goodness they are not given a big budget. If they were, there would be a dynasty in the Bay area and it would not be the Giants.
      I find it hard to believe that they’ve caught the Mariners and are in a position to make the playoffs. Do you think they can repeat 2012 and catch another strong team from Texas that played in the World Series the previous year?

  • Nathan Whitten

    Well written, Kevin. I sincerely hope that what we’ve seen from Odor recently is what we’ll see henceforth. I really thought he was going to be a good MLB player after his 1st season. But as we are painfully aware, he regressed badly. I know he can’t maintain the hot hitting indefinitely, but he CAN maintain his new MO, one that will work the count, take walks, and hit the ball hard when he gets the right pitch. It is a pleasure to see these young players blossom. Odor, right now, is truly a good hitter. As you said, one of the best. He can be part of a solid foundation as this team rebuilds. Maybe it won’t take as long as we thought.
    I was think that as far as position players are concerned, the Rangers really do have a good core. One that can last. One that can win. The gaping hole is starting pitchers. We may be seeing one of the answers to that hole in Jurado. I know, he was pitching against the worst team in the league. But he has pitched well since replacing Hamels. He’s pitching better than Hamels was, for that matter. Of course, Hamels was in a funk, that apparently was removed with the trade. That’s fine. I’m glad for him. We are concerned with the future of the Rangers and Hamels was never going to be a part of it. Jurado could very well be a key part. That would be great. A home-grown SP. I don’t want to get too enthused, but it is encouraging to see him do so well.
    Since the All-Star break, we’ve been given a glimpse of what the Rangers might be in the future. Might be. I like it.

    • dearmidol

      I thought going into this season that the Rangers offense was not going to be a problem, maybe a few too many strikeouts, but the pitching was going to be deplorable.

      The offense struggled the first half. The pitching was as bad as I expected.

      • Nathan Whitten

        Which is why they are in last place. However, who would have predicted how strong the West would be? the Angels are a pretty good team–with no chance to finish in the top 3 in this division. The Central is Cleveland and a bunch of bad teams. The East is Boston, New York a WC and no one else close. The only race in the AL is in the West. And it might get more interesting than anyone could have guessed if the A’s keep playing so well.

        Rangers are playing better(small sample) because the offense is not struggling so much.

        • dearmidol

          If the Yankees don’t find any starters, the Athletics might catch up to them.

  • GoRangers23

    I agree with all of that. Especially the beard part. I suppose I better jump on the I’m sorry bandwagon too. I just hope he keeps it up! That would really help this team a lot. We had been waiting for this specific group of young men, who played so very well together in the minors. We finally got the better ones up here and all together, and now there is no pitching to go with them. That’s really a shame.

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  • elkaba

    I’m right there with you, Kevin. Odor is looking Altuve good here lately. But swing addiction recovery can be tricky. It’s day at a time. Hope it lasts. 🙂

  • JacobMcCandles

    Kev..long line behind. You. Save the Jakearoo

    • possumrld

      How ’bout that lil’ stinker, Jake! When he finally turned it around, he sure didn’t fool around about it!

  • possumrld

    Kev, I was really down on Odor, and justly so. But I never really wrote him off. But I totally agree about the ugly beard!
    And I seem to remember that you did one of these apologies of sorts on Gallo last season, I think. But I noticed you were a little hard on Joey in your “Gallo” article a couple of articles back. Yes, Gallo can be frustrating to watch because he shows flashes of promise, followed by gaps of seeming nothingness.
    But if you look at what he has done with his really bad batting average, his potential still bears some patience, I think. And Gallo knows how to take walks, which he does quite frequently now, which fact I think offers hopes of much better things to come. Also, Gallo has become a really fine outfielder. He saves runs quite frequently by his outstanding outfield play, and with his arm as well.
    A “two trick Pony” might fit him at this point. But I think your previous description of him being a “one trick pony”: was a bit exaggerated.
    I sincerely think Gallo will surpass Chris Davis in RBI and in most other categories fairly quickly, once he becomes more consistent. But the Rangers were trying to chase a World Championship in CD’s years, so they didn’t have the luxury of being so patient like they can now with Gallo now.
    So, patience, my friends, patience. Chris Davis was 26 when he finally “broke out”, so I think Gallo deserves at least a couple of more seasons to either blossom – or to bust.

    • dearmidol

      The other day I was attempting to give Gallo a cautionary tale of what could happen if he doesn’t change his approach. Odor is a perfect example of that. For so long he refused to. Then something clicked. And now everything is clicking. The player has to want to do it.

      I just think Gallo could be a real offensive force is he was willing to use the entire field and maybe forgo a few home runs for more doubles and singles. To me, he’s not much of a threat. You figure, pitch to him, if he hits it out, no big deal. Chances are he won’t, and when he doesn’t he’s an out.

      • elkaba

        Yep. As fun as Odor is to watch when he’s “on,” he was that frustrating and more to watch before. Gallo’s exactly the same. It’s not a love- hate thing with these guys for me, or you, I’m sure. It’s about growth as a player and becoming everything they can be. Either they do or they don’t. A stubborn player full of potential but one who could be more and isn’t just isn’t much use to an MLB team.

      • possumrld

        I still think you are giving Gallo a somewhat bad rap, Kev. And I don’t think “Want to” is really measurable, or discernible. Because all of these guys “want to” be the best they can be. All of the “want to” be big leaguers, and of all star caliber as well. But some guys make it and some don’t And we don’t yet really know the “why’s”, between failure and success, especially when the talent seems to be there. So just to say one player is succeeding while the other is not, simply because one player “wanted to” succeed,, or “wanted” or to change their approach more than the other one did, to me is an over simplification of the entire matter.
        As I stated above, Gallo’s numbers are not too far different than Odor’s since the All Star break. Yet Odor is getting non stop praise, while Gallo for all intents and purposes is still the goat. Not that Roogie hasn’t earned the praise. But I do not think Gallo deserves his improvements of late to be totally overlooked, simply because they haven’t been as dramatic as Roogie’s have been.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Amazing what a fine line delineates success from failure in MLB. The line can by physical, mental, or both. Some players have the physical and mental ability to consistently succeed. I’d say Beltre is an example of a guy who’s been consistently successful for two decades because he’s physically and mentally adept. Those are the guys who make the HOF.

    Then there’s the rest of the herd. Guys like Kingman who could pretty much only hit HRs and K and not much else. Is Gallo also ‘that guy?’ We don’t know yet. He’s shown he can run, and throw and field … and like Kingman, hit HRs and strike out and hit in the low .200s. What’s keeping him from making the physical and mental adjustments that Odor’s made these past few months? Will Odor’s changes in approach and attitude be permanent or is he just on a hot streak like players get into and out of regularly? Only time will tell but it’s sure a lot more fun watching what Odor’s done the last couple months than what Gallo’s doing. And I think Odor’s ‘complete player’ approach at bat and in the field may be rubbing off on some of the other younger guys like Profar.

    It’s always more fun watching multi-dimensional players (and teams) than one dimensional players and teams. The Rangers appear to have the makings of a really good team in the next few years at the plate and in the field. If the FO can figure out how to develop a pitching staff that’s not AA while competing at the MLB level, life could be good again in Arlington. But I expect that’s going to take a new GM, FO, scouts, manager and coaching staff.

    • dearmidol

      Odor gives a lot of credit to Choo and his approach. I wonder if, like you said, it’s a ripple effect all over the place there. One player learning from another, and others learning from that guy. I hope Gallo gets the hint.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Have seen Chu and Profar hugging and rubbing each other’s head several times in the dugout after winning games recently looking like buddies. Or weird guys performing a satanic ritual.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Hahahaha

    • JacobMcCandles

      Good post

    • possumrld

      Actually, Rowdy, Gallo has done quite well since the All Star break. Since the Gallo’s and Ordor’s numbers are actually very similar. Hare are some of their post break numbers
      ——- At Bat’s —– RBI —- H. Runs —— Walks —–Runs —Strike Outs —Avg——–OBP ———————————-Gallo – – 41———- 12 ——— 6 ————–10 ——— 10 ———- 14 ——– .244 ——- .392
      Odor – – 52 ——— 14 ——— 6 ————– 7 ———- 17 ———- 11 ——— .404 —— .475
      As is easily seen here, Odor is on a tear. So Gallo’s recent improvements seem to be getting overlooked, especially when considering Gallo is still almost keeping up with Roogie’s RBI production, etc, even with .82 point less than Odor’s batting average.
      But somehow that has sort of fallen between the cracks. And also in defense of Gallo, he is extremely productive, so even with his weak overall batting average he still leads the Rangers in RBI.
      Yes, Odor has been fun to watch lately. But the bottom line is, Gallo’s, 63 RBI to date, vs Roogie’ss 38 RBI. Plus with Gallo’s amazing outfield play of late, and his ability to take runs away with his arm, I still think he has contributed a lot more to this team than Odor has.
      I am all for Odor continuing what he is doing, and I am enjoying the heck out of it. But I do think Gallo is getting an undue bad rap at present. I am not saying he hasn’t deserved criticism. But I don’t think he has been as bad as some suggest, and especially not of late

      • Rowdy Yates

        Like Gallo’s RBI and think he’s lots better in RF than LF for some reason. And he’s been all around better lately in the field and at the plate.

        Still, even with his improvement for the year he K’s 40% of ABs and has almost exactly the same # of hits as IKF who’s got nearly 100 fewer ABs … and is a sub. Joey hits a HR or strikes out 49% of all ABs! As Midol said the other day, he’s pretty much an “all or nothing guy”. Just my opinion Poss and he’s got 2 more months in which to change it for this year.

        • possumrld

          Yes, all of these things are true, Rowdy. But Gallo has done much better since the all star break, and since then his numbers aren’t that much different than Odor’s
          So my main point was, Gallo is very productive, even though his batting average sucks.
          But somehow it seems Odor is suddenly pardoned for sucking in general for a whole season, counting the last half of last season, while Gallo is still held accountable for his bad numbers in the first half of this seaosn. And that is what I don’t understand.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Take a gander at the races…in the AL…5,7.5,9………NL…tied,.5,1
    Astros close to a 70% win % on the road…..Verlander struck out 14 last night to pk up win #199….Stros tweaked V,Morton,Coles deliveries, established Vets and we can’t do rookies, where is the miss?

  • TD30
    • GoRangers23

      Thanks TD!

  • TD30

    DeShields on seven-day disabled list with post-concussion syndrome…. Drew Robinson called up…… still experiencing headaches

    • JacobMcCandles

      Can’t wait to get Tocci and Drew in the lineup at the same time….both in the OF with Gallo and have zero hitting over the Mendoza line (which is .200) LO

    • GoRangers23

      Oh no. I hate that!

    • Rowdy Yates

      Saw Drew in RR game last week. Not impressive but they got blown out 8-0 with only 2 hits. Drew’s hitting .308 but still striking out 40% of the time … in AAA.

      • elkaba

        Depth is pretty shallow these days.

    • Gregor_S

      That’s depressing news. This was the year they were going to give DD his shot, and it’s been one thing after another. I’m sure the hand injury in game #2 and the concussion from the dive in early July have contributed to his hitting woes, and it’s just snowballed.

  • TD30

    https://twitter.com/Rangers/status/1025826204505522176?s=19
    This should be the Rangers Most Likely with Beltre interviewing Emily.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Classic……THANKS

      • elkaba

        LOL, I’m probably the only Rangers fan who doesn’t particularly like this game. I’d prefer to see Em interview each player and ask them a series of questions about themselves, so we could get to know the players better.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Agreed….just like seeing AB having fun

          • elkaba

            When does AB NOT have fun?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Not many comments on Jurado….maybe we found gold…..or a nice piece of pyrite

    • possumrld

      He beat Verlander and the Astros! And even though the O’s aren’t exactly the Astros or the Red Sox, he has looked good so far!

      • JacobMcCandles

        Hoping

    • Rowdy Yates

      So far, so good. His younger brother Jumanji could be even better.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Where is he?

  • JacobMcCandles

    Skanks haven’t scored in 14 innings….ex Yanks pitcher Eovaldi has a shutout thru 7 today……hehe

  • JacobMcCandles

    Mlb is always a mystery…what gives it beauty. As the dust starts to settle, the cream has really risen. AL far superior to NL and Bosox and Stros are riding high. Stros without 5 starters now and took it to the Dodgers. Bosox strumming Skanks and up to a 8 game lead….things could change but doubtful

    • dearmidol

      I had a great three-hour conversation in a bar in Brooklyn last night with a Yankees fan and a Red Sox fan. I love how passionate they are about baseball here.

      • JacobMcCandles

        In the NE fans tend to be more passionate cuz IMO there is less to do…..take Arl, weather is nicer,6 flags,water parks,etc

  • dearmidol

    At Citi Field. It’s a really nice ballpark.

    • JacobMcCandles

      One of the 6 parks I have not been too…..but I have a great disdain for the state of NY

    • Gregor_S

      Haven’t been there but the rotunda is supposedly based on Ebbets Field. It makes sense that that would be the park they’d borrow from. The Polo Grounds was a monstrosity and Yankee Stadium, or its evil spawn, still exists.

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  • GoRangers23

    Midol, how did your daughter do on the Whataburger contest last night?

  • WhoKnowscs

    Beltre will get walked.

    • WhoKnowscs

      or not.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Red Sox are starting to run away with the East.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Any body on?

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’m calling it. Tocci gets his first homer tonight much to the shock of everyone.

  • elkaba

    Still find it hard to believe there’s a worse record in baseball than ours. Small miracles…

    • WhoKnowscs

      There’s actually 7 of 30 worse teams.

      • elkaba

        I know. It’s just feels like we’re so awful we have to be the worst… except for lately. 🙂

  • WhoKnowscs

    Can we have this Gallo to start a season next time?

  • Rowdy Yates

    Gallo’s HR was crushed … like most of his.

  • WhoKnowscs

    He’s out.

  • Gregor_S

    Years ago they used to say a HR hitter who gets hot can “carry” a team. Not sure that’s as true now when there are so many HR hitters. But when a guy is hitting one out every couple of games it does increase your odds of winning.

    Of course, even when they were saying that, they were usually talking about somebody who hit more than .200.

    • Gregor_S

      So I guess what I’m saying is I wouldn’t trade Gallo. Maybe he’ll turn into Dave Kingman, who did after all have a career BA of .236. It was good enough to keep him around for a fairly long career in which he hit 442 HRs. And I think if Gallo hit .236 that would be enough.

      But I do think he should develop a more level swing. He’ll still hit lots of HRs, even if they’re not quite as majestic. His BA would be higher and he’d have fewer Ks. Most HR hitters have more level swings than Gallo.

      • JacobMcCandles

        If Gallo could hit 236….dancing in the streets…..correct if I’m wrong but I believe that Kingman was the first player to hit 400+ HRs and not go to the HOF

        • Gregor_S

          I think that’s true. His BA and Ks had a lot to do with it, but his personality and the fact that he wouldn’t talk to reporters (and once placed a rat in a woman reporter’s lunchbox) may have been a bigger factor.

          In his best year, he hit .288 for the Cubs with 48 HRs and got a lot of MVP votes. But he never hit anywhere near that high again.

    • elkaba

      Nothing wrong with a guy who hits one out every couple of games… unless that’s all he does. That’s a guy who’s striking out too much and is only going to hit when a pitcher makes a mistake. I prefer guys who hit some singles, doubles and occasionally some HRs, especially if he’s a guy who can hit a single or double when the game asks him to.

      • Gregor_S

        I generally agree with you. I definitely wouldn’t want more than one Gallo on the team. And the flip side of carrying the team when he’s hot is that he can bury the team when he’s cold. Every time he comes up in a key situation he strikes out.

        But he’s so elite in his one skill that if he could just hit a little better I’d be okay with keeping him. Of course, there’s no guarantee he ever will hit a little better. If it turns out he never does he’s a liability and it’s too late to get much in trade for him. I’d take the chance but my confidence level that it turns out well isn’t high.

        • Rollie Fingerbangers
          • Gregor_S

            He must be reading what we’re saying about him and isn’t sure how to take it.

          • elkaba

            I wish.

        • elkaba

          Exactly. One questionable, possible big bat is enough for any team. If he was the only one I’d say he was worth the risk. But we don’t have a grand track record for this kind of thing. We end up with too many players with little or no value and end up having to pay for what we need with prospects instead. If Gallo brought back a solid arm, I’d be happy to let him figure it out elsewhere.

          • Gregor_S

            Agree that I’d trade him for a solid arm. With Calhoun, Mazara, and Choo at the corner OF spots and DH, Beltre (for now), Profar, and IKF at 3B, and Guzman at 1B, they don’t really need Gallo. And I’m hoping Calhoun turns into the guy you described who makes contact and hits for a good average with gap and occasional HR power.

          • elkaba

            I hope so, too. So far I’m liking all those guys. And they have upside, too. One guy with a spectacular tool is not better than a bunch of guys with multiple tools. It’s a team and a good team needs more than one tool, streaky, hit or sit guys.

        • Nathan Whitten

          I know how you feel. This is a situation where an organization has to make their decision in a timely manner. In other words, guess right. Gallo has too much upside to trade. And he’d bring very little now. You already see the problem. Wait…and it may turn out well, or not. And even if it appears that he’s going to be quite good, he could lose it.
          Look across the field and see Baltimore. Their (now part-time) 1B was once a Ranger. The decision was made to trade him because he was a power hitter, but struck out at an alarming rate. He goes to the Orioles and blows them away with his power, K’s can be ignored. They sign him to a very rich contract and now he is a terrible liability. I think he can hear the boos all the way from Camden Field.

          So, what lesson do we learn? As I said, guess right. That’s not very reassuring.

  • Rowdy Yates

    A ‘pre-June’ Roogie baserunning mistake there. Just not a baseball smart move since he was going to be in scoring position with 2 outs anyway.

    • Rollie Fingerbangers

      Sup Rowdy Yates!

      • Rowdy Yates

        Hey Rollie! Gave up our Longhorn season tkts this yr. Just too much of a pain in the azz getting in and out + the required “donation” + tkts, + parking + beer costs and 10 yrs of mediocre football convinced us to watch it on TV in comfortable seats at home. If they ever wise up and book the Hogs we’ll pony up again.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Adrian striking out a career high 23% this yr vs his career of 15% .

    • JacobMcCandles

      And power is drained,,,, : (

  • Rowdy Yates

    Another great Rangers win and this one with outstanding pitching and a great catch by Profar to end it.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Astros with 5 starters on DL now had McCullers leave the game early

    • GoRangers23

      That’s such a shame. That’s what happened to us.

  • GoRangers23

    Yay!

  • JacobMcCandles

    ANOTHER great game by Odor…..Minor solidifies his rotation spot for next yr

  • JacobMcCandles

    Just showed a concession sign in LA…..draft beer for 12.75……..WHOA

    • dearmidol

      It’s crazy how expensive everything at Dodger Stadium.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Been once never again, although SF and SD have two of the best parks

    • Nathan Whitten

      Makes one consider smuggling.

  • TD30