Monday, July 31, 2017

Yu Gone. Your Texas Rangers trade away Yu to the Dodgers for some prospects. Damn.

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Our ace the last 4 years is gone.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Nothing.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Here's what John Daniels and the Rangers got in return for a 4 time All-Star, starting pitcher:

Willie Calhoun, AAA, 2B/OF, defensively challenged that can hit.
A.J. Alexy, A-ball, pitcher.
Brendon Davis, A-ball, infielder.

I don't know about you, but it sure looks like that the Dodgers got the better end of this deal.  Which makes me think (and this is just me guessing, and based on no sources) that the Rangers wanted to get something now for Yu because they knew they had ZERO chance of re-signing him in the offseason OR they had not desire to try to re-sign him in the offseason. Otherwise, the trade makes no sense because this is a clear sign from the front office that the season is over, at least to the fans (and this fan for sure) and maybe the clubhouse.

5 comment(s) regarding this post:

jeffreyevanfischer July 31, 2017 at 8:38 PM  

This season is, indeed, over. This team should have been better than it was. I am not sure what happened. What I am confused eve more about, however, is why does the Manager and General Manager seemingly get a free pass? You don't hear anything about Banny being on the chopping block - or better - Jon Daniels. I know Daniels was once considered the "Golden Child" - but what has he done in the last several years that has been all that impressive? Does he really understand talent evaluation? Or better- does he have any idea how a team can gel together? I guess I just don't get it - it's time from a major change - and although should be obvious - only play the young guys from here on out.

J G July 31, 2017 at 10:26 PM  

I agree. If Yu can be traded then JD and Banny's performance should be scrutinized. Another example, what about the hitting coach? This team had pretty much the whole lineup batting well below .250 for at least a couple months to start the season. Yet the hitting coach and Banny got a pass.

jeffreyevanfischer August 1, 2017 at 9:19 PM  

Since I had no idea who the hitting coach is - I went ahead and looked him up. Still don't know. There HAS to be someone better than this.

Anthony Joseph Iapoce (born August 23, 1973) is the hitting coach for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Iapoce played college baseball at Lamar University and was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 33rd round of the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] He played in the Brewers organization until 2000 and spent 2002 and 2003 in the Florida Marlins organization. He spent 2004 and 2005 playing for the Gary SouthShore Railcats of the Northern League.

Prior to the 2016 season, Iapoce was hired by the Texas Rangers to be their hitting coach.[2]

PS. As I wrote this, Gallo just hit a 3 Run Bomb. OF course- we are still losing however.

jeffreyevanfischer August 1, 2017 at 9:25 PM  

Sorry - one more thing. It says 33rd Round above - when this guy was drafted. I thought - are there really 33rd rounds to an MLB Draft. Sounds high, right. Then I looked it up - there are actually 98 rounds in a draft - 98 freakin rounds? This is the best guy to be the hitting coach? Really? http://www.mymlbdraft.com/1994/round98/

Ok - I did further research, and discovered that (in modern times) - they have reduced the number of rounds.... but it's still 40! 40!
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/draft/y2014/drafttracker.jsp

Ok - what a silly system.

J G August 2, 2017 at 12:09 PM  

I know that there have certainly been good, if not great coaches that were mediocre players. That said, our hitting coach has not done well. Or our players have under performed. Or both. Just frustrating.

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