Praise heaped upon new manager. 30 comments


Singing the praises of his new managerial hire, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels noted that he “really impressed us across the board.”

Daniels researched far and wide and deep and found a consistent opinion across everyone he talked to. “From people that he works with now, the people that used to work there, and players that he’s had recently and some years back, stars as well as role players, and everyone came back with the desire to win, a love for the game, the love for people, the ability to reach people, the ability to connect with a variety of people, an interest in learning more.”

Daniels added, “He’s a winner in every sense of the word. His energy, knowledge, integrity, and passion for the game stood out during a very intensive and thorough interview process. We’re excited to get started on the task at hand.”

When asked why he hadn’t been snatched up by another team before the Rangers got him, Daniels admitted wondering the same thing. “During the interview process, I was thinking, ‘What the (expletive) am I missing?’”

The ability to connect. An interest I learning. Able to reach players at different levels.

These comments are from October of 2014 when the Rangers hired Jeff Banister. Six weeks ago was let go due to an inability to connect, failing to learn the value of analytics, an inability to reach the younger players.

Yesterday, the Rangers introduced Jeff Banister’s replacement with the same degree of enthusiasm, praise, and optimism. And many of the same words.

It’s like that old saying about the two best times in a boat owner’s life: the day he buys the boat and the day he sells it.

 

 

  • Tony Howell

    Was looking at what we have and this is what I see. NO pitching at all maybe worse than last year. So the strength of our team is the position players. Catcher- unknown / 1st-Guzman Left handed/ 2nd Odor Left Handed/ SS-Elvis Right handed/ 3rd unknow / Centerfield Unknow / Rightfield- Maz Left handed/ Left field-Gallo Left handed/ DH- Choo Left handed. So were can we find another left handed player Cheep.

    • CrazyEd

      We already have one, Calhoun.

    • elkaba

      Scott Heineman, the OF, Ed referenced yesterday as our potential future CF is RH. Our new front line catcher IKF bats RH. Jurikson Profar is likely to be 3B and bats LH and RH with a bit of drop in RH stats, but not too bad. So it’s not all bad- there’s a little hope there. Not much going on with the pitching woes just yet, but we still have time before ST starts.

    • CrazyEd

      JD has hinted at trading one of the corner outfield LH bats. Didn’t give any clue as to which one. Of the OF’ers in the minors, The aforementioned Scott Heineman is RH, JPM is LH so no help if and when he arrives. Bubba Thompson is RH and looks like he may make it to Arlington in a couple years. I’m sure I’ve left out some, but those are the obvious ones in the pipeline.

    • CrazyEd

      Just a wild unsubstantiated guess at the catcher spot. I think they are assuming Trevino will be healed and ready to go. He’s seen as an excellent defensive catcher. IKF would be backup. Like I said, just a guess.

  • elkaba

    LOL! I confess, Kevin, you got me. That was awesome. And yes, the platitudes were there for Banister just as they are for “Woody.” (I admit it felt a bit awkward with people already using his nickname at the introductory presser. I mean shouldn’t he be more formally addressed at least for a bit? But whatever.)

    Time will tell, but I’m already more hopeful for this guy than I was for his predecessor at his introduction. Right off the bat, Banister struck me as more of a stubborn, throwback drill sergeant than anything else. All that talk about leading the “men” and “barreling the ball,” made him sound like the Vladimir Putin of managers. I half expected him to show up at pressers shirtless. (which, I have to admit, would have been preferable in some cases to his choice of outfits.) I’d still like to know the who, what, when, where, real reason he was fired when he was, the inside scoop, but we’ll probably never know.

    Maybe this Woodward guy is just what we need- fingers crossed. He comes from a two-time WS loser, so there’s baked in empathy for our own back-to-back misery. He’s young enough to have played this century, and by his own admission, he had to work hard for every minute he spent in the majors. If what he said at the presser is really what he gets to work doing, I have a feeling we’re going to be just fine with him at the helm.

    • CrazyEd

      You nailed it! First three words of the second paragraph: “Time will tell”

    • GoRangers23

      Ha! I’m very glad we don’t have to see the Banny outfits anymore. I also agree that I like this guy a whole lot more after just the introduction than I did Banny. I really hope he is the man that will be what the Rangers need. I am optimistic.

    • Rowdy Yates

      ‘Shirtless’ sure would’ve been better than that yellow and brown plaid sport coat he wore constantly his 1st year or so.

  • CrazyEd

    I think the most difficult part of being a manager, not just baseball, any manager, is dealing with the people. The job is the easy part. Every individual is different. Some need a butt chewing, others need a little consoling; nice try, you’ll do better next time. and some don’t need any guidance at all. Then, there’s the in betweeners. Sorting it all out is a special skill that not everybody has. Even the people that are good at it sometimes make mistakes. Admitting that a mistake was made, correcting it and learning from it is sometimes not easy. For some, impossible. Their ego won’t let them. The latter are the guys that make lousy managers. They can have all the job related skills in the world, but if they can’t handle people they will be a failure as a manager.

    • GoRangers23

      That is so true! I managed a Kentucky Fried Chicken store for a few years before I had to quit because I got married, and my husband, who managed his own store, had just been promoted and became my boss. He went on to manage Toys R Us stores, Party City Stores, and now manages for a book company. I have about heard it all when it comes to employees.

  • GoRangers23

    That is so very true about the boat. For many, many years my dad wanted to get a boat to go fishing in when they lived in Florida, and he finally got a used one that turned out to be a total lemon. He was working on it more than he was fishing in it. I still remember the day he got it. He was SO happy! He was probably equally as happy when he finally got rid of the thing. I know my mom was. Ha!

    • CrazyEd

      Boat – Break Out Another Thousand.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Best times to own a boat…first day and last day

  • CrazyEd

    AFL: Not much going on there. LeBlanc continues to hit in the .300’s (.333 to be exact). JPM did not play again. No word on injuries. Starting to think the Rangers have pulled him back. Not unusual for this league. I don’t want to talk about the pitchers. Suffice it to say, they are not enjoying their stay.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Not going to predict anything on Woody…have no idea, except I’m happy for change but as of now that’s more to do with the subtraction of Banny

    • CrazyEd

      minus a minus is a plus. simple math.

      • GoRangers23

        Ha! Good one!

      • JacobMcCandles

        If you multiply them they are a positive but like I said previously I am happy we have subtracted Banny….not as simple Math!! Its funny but rest assured no one will understand or like!!! HAHA…Lol

  • CrazyEd

    DWL: Not much of note happening there. Same old stuff. Starting to wonder about the Rangers #1 prospect, Leody Taveras. He’s hitting .219. Hit .240 in A ball, so I don’t see much improvement. The good news is he’s very young so there’s always hope.

  • Rowdy Yates

    “He’s a winner” So ….. he’s going to Make the Rangers Great Again? That’s a little disquieting. 🤔

  • JacobMcCandles

    Been some talk for a few weeks about Cruz going to Houston….

  • GoRangers23

    If you haven’t done it already, get out there and vote, people!

  • GoRangers23

    The Kroger across the street from my house has Halloween candy for 70% off. They still had the good candy left, too! I feel sure that my actions today will certainly rot the teeth of everyone in my family. I just can’t control myself when there is a good sale. 🤭

    • dearmidol

      We had a lot left over already. There should be a way to give it away to kids the next day.

      • GoRangers23

        Surely your daughters would eat it when they come home for visits. I put mine in the freezer and take it out when we need candy for something. It stays completely fresh and you can’t tell the difference at all.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Anticipation may have hurt us……major grumblings in Chicago about Maddon, and some in Houston about Hinch. Doubt Maddon would ever come here….but Hinch might if he as looking…..Hinch and GM Luhnow have scraped due to Hinch no following the metrics verbatim. Kind of ironic since Hinch was known to employ metrics in the majority of the game. But like I have said, the best Mgr is educated but still has to let the game come to him.

    Don’t know what the issues are with Maddon???

    • dearmidol

      If either of those guys is let go, both teams deserve to never win again.

      • JacobMcCandles

        FO dudes that are butthurt over not getting enough credit I would “assume” Both of those guys did for their teams and cities what had not been done for quite awhile for Chicago and never for Houston….

  • JacobMcCandles

    USOC, looking to shut down the US gymnastics program…..Yeah thats the thing to do, punish the girls some more