For those of you who have read my past blogs have read my opinions about Michael Young. I called him the consummate teammate, and then we found out the Rangers were shopping him for a trade. Now, after what has seemed like 10 years of pushing him around and making him do what is “best for the team”, he has finally gotten fed up and had enough. It was announced over the weekend that Young was now seeking a trade. And the soap opera continues, because now he is saying that he was lied too and treated unfairly. This is different than the picture portrayed after the Adrian Beltre Acquisition.
This got me to thinking, who is really to blame for this situation? You could easily say that Michael Young is just being a spoiled millionaire baseball player, or you could easily say the franchise is to blame for pushing him to the edge. John Daniels claims that Young “had a change of heart” and was disappointed in the change because it went against what he said. But Young decided to respond by saying he was “lied to and mislead by the organization”. The deal set forward after acquiring Beltre was that Young would play DH and be a utility infielder on an as needed basis. But then there was the sudden trade to acquire Mike Napoli from the Blue Jays and will be a DH and fill in 1st baseman. This has left Young in a quandary, because he was going to get a solid amount of at bats and time in the field. Now that has made the question arise about where does Young fit in?
To understand the depth of this situation, you would have to have inside information. But Michael Young has been the face of the Rangers for the last 8-10 years and everything he has done until this point, has been to stay a Ranger and help win. This is where I will say that the Rangers, mostly John Daniels has handled this situation completely wrong. The team needs to understand that any one of the thousands of fans who fill in to the Ballpark every night are there to see one of a handful of guys. Usually the main one on that line is Michael Young, and now you are pushing him out with your other actions. This will backfire, because they think they are getting better by these additions, but losing Michael Young will immediately make you worse, simply for the fact he is such a solid bat.
The new regime has done a lot right in their short time running this team, but this is one move where someone needs to get reprimanded for allowing this to happen. Whether or not this is John Daniels, Nolan Ryan, or even Chuck Greenberg’s fault, someone needs to take ownership of this mistake and make amends by any means necessary. While the hit will be minimal in a fan loss stand point, this will make most fans wary of other moves that involve fan favorites. Someone from the organization needs to come out and say that they handled this wrong and take responsibility to start mending the fence with fans who now feel scorned by the team they love.