Mr. Hicks says, “”This will be hopefully the start to getting our intangibles to work.”
The new manager, Jerry Narron, says, “We just have not played anywhere near where we’re capable of playing. It’s my job to get guys to achieve and overachieve. I don’t know at this second what we’re going to change. I want them relaxed, intense, but don’t be afraid to make mistakes. I think at times we’ve played that way.”
Needless to say, this is piffle. Narron casts himself in the mode of Dick Williams and Billy Martin. I look forward to him kicking Rafael Palmeiro’s ass.
The Rangers are a team that is too old and without a pitching staff.
So, what will change?
There don’t really seem to be any logical moves to be made. Ruben Mateo has been hurt and is off to a bad start, but Chad Curtis is on the DL, as is Rickey Ledee. The aforementioned Palmeiro is old and you always have to wonder about old guys: Has he lost it? Ken Caminitti was a useless signing, though I doubt that was Oates’ doing.
But what are they going to do? Play Catalonotto? He’s been playing.
So, the answer would appear to be to get new pitchers, or get the weak pitchers they have to suck it up. Good luck.