Tag:Jon Daniels
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:27 pm

Rangers GM Daniels defends Washington

ST. LOUIS -- Tony La Russa is a great manager. He's had a great postseason.

But is he the reason the Cardinals won Game 1 of the World Series? Or is Ron Washington the reason the Rangers lost it?

I don't think so. Neither does Jon Daniels.

The Rangers general manager couldn't wait for the question before Thursday's Game 2. He couldn't wait for a chance to defend his under-fire manager.

"For me, that game was not about managerial decisions," Daniels said. "They executed in a couple of situations with the game on the line, and we didn't.

"I read where it was manager vs. manager, and that's crazy. The game is about the players. Did Wash beat Jim Leyland [in the American League Championship Series]?"

For all the La Russa love, the moves the Cardinals manager made in Game 1 were fairly straightforward. He got six innings out of starter Chris Carpenter, he used his best pinch hitter (Allen Craig) to hit for Carpenter with the go-ahead run on base with two out in the bottom of the sixth, and he went right-left-right-left-closer out of the bullpen.

Nothing against him, and it worked in large part because he has set up his bullpen well through the postseason, but it wasn't exactly revolutionary thinking.

Washington's use of his bullpen was fine. The game-winning hit scored on Craig's single off Alexi Ogando, but Ogando was the perfect reliever to have in the game at that point.

I believe Washington erred in using Esteban German to pinch-hit with two out in the seventh, and that's the move he has been most criticized for. He should have used Yorvit Torrealba.

More than that, if he thought German was the best guy in a game-on-the-line situation in Game 1 of the World Series, he should have given German at least one at-bat sometime after Sept. 25.

But if Nelson Cruz catches Craig's slicing fly ball in the sixth inning (and he did come close), we're not having this conversation now.

If Albert Pujols doesn't make a nice play on Michael Young's ground ball to strand the go-ahead run on third base in the top of the sixth, maybe we're not having this conversation.

They didn't, and we are.

"I don't think I can win a chess game against Tony," Washington said Thursday afternoon. "But you know, the best I can do is try to put my players in a position to be successful and hope that they execute. I think the chess matches take care of themselves."

And when they don't, Washington's general manager will be there to defend him.
Posted on: June 24, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 12:23 pm

A picture is worth . . .

I'm going to post a link here, even though it's to a page almost none of you can read.

And, I'll admit, I can't read it, either.

But I don't need to be able to read Japanese to tell you that the guy in the red shirt is Rangers general manager Jon Daniels. As our C. Trent Rosecrans pointed out in Pepper, Daniels made his slightly unusual trip to Japan in order to get an up-close look at Yu Darvish, who threw 131 pitches and struck out 13 in eight innings to earn his ninth win of the year for the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Darvish is expected to come to the big leagues next year, so plenty of teams have been following him this season.

How interested are the Rangers?

Well, a picture is worth more words than any I could write (in English or Japanese).

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: February 19, 2011 4:25 pm

The latest on Michael Young

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Michael Young is here. Michael Young says he's ready for what he calls his "favorite time of the year."

Is Michael Young happy?

That's a lot harder to say.

Young spoke for about 25 minutes this afternoon, after arriving at Rangers camp a day before the team begins full-squad spring training workouts. He revealed that he has had what he called "very candid and truthful" conversations with team president Nolan Ryan, made it clear that his relationship with general manager Jon Daniels has not been repaired, called his situation "less than ideal" and then said he's prepared for spring training to begin.

"One thing I'll never do is disrupt my teammates' preparation for the season," Young said. "Once we step foot in spring training, it's not about me anymore. It's about the team."

But it's what Young didn't say that was just as revealing.

He wouldn't say whether he would still prefer to be traded.

Young expressed disappointment that his initial trade request became public, and said that he wants to keep all further conversations with the team confidential. Young said that he believed his position had been misrepresented, and that he had never changed his mind about his willingness to accept a role as a designated hitter and super-utility player, after the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre to take his job at third base.

It's not clear how hard the Rangers have tried to trade Young, but it is highly unlikely that he'll be dealt before opening day, given the Rangers' desire that any deal doesn't weaken their team for 2011.

Asked if Young will be in the opening day lineup, Daniels quickly said: "That's my expectation."

"Mine, too," Ryan added.

Will he be happy with a role that includes time at first base, second base and third base, but where his primary job is as the Rangers' DH?

Good question.

Ryan said that in his conversations with Young, one thing the player went back to is that "he does not feel he's at the point in his career that he wants to be a DH."

Young has three years and $48 million remaining on his contract, and executives involved in talks with the Rangers have suggested that Texas would likely need to pay half of that money in order to make a deal. Even then, the executives suggested, the Rangers wouldn't get value for value, and thus would hurt their chances of winning this year.

Manager Ron Washington said again today that while he'll use Young as a DH and around the infield, as of now he has no plans to use him in the outfield. Young did say that he was open to playing the outfield.

Washington also said he saw no problem getting Young enough at-bats.

"I can't sit here and give you percentages," Washington said. "But Michael will play."

In his remarks today, Young expressed his love for Washington, and for his teammates. He didn't say much at all about Daniels, except to say that the two haven't talked and that Young has no plans for that to change.

"It is not on my priority list at all," he said.

Daniels declined to respond, other than to say: "To some degree, my integrity has been called into question, and I don't take that lightly. We're going to let it pass, wear it, so to speak."

As far as Washington is concerned, though, the more important thing is that, at least for now, he can think about putting Young in his everyday lineup.

"The bottom line is he's here," Washington said. "He's going to help us win. That's what it's all about."

Posted on: February 2, 2010 5:33 pm

'Finances will not hold us back'

The Rangers were so financially handcuffed last year that one employee said it was just like working for the Expos when major league baseball owned the team.

So the promises that prospective new owner Chuck Greenberg is making must sound like dreamland for Rangers people and Rangers fans.

Greenberg, a Pittsburgh attorney, told CBSSports.com today that his group will be able to spend when needed, and that once baseball approves the sale (which could happen in the next two months), he'll be ready to approve expenditures, as needed.

"In order to make a [trade], you need the financial resources and a depth of talent," Greenberg said. "We'll have both of those two things. If there's a chance [to make a deal], finances will not hold us back."

Some people in baseball have wondered what the ownership switch will mean for general manager Jon Daniels, but Greenberg expressed strong support for the GM and his staff. Greenberg's group includes club president Nolan Ryan, who was brought in last year by former owner Tom Hicks.

"I wouldn't trade our front office for any in baseball," Greenberg said.
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