If you haven’t been paying attention to the Texas Rangers, then you have been missing all the excitement. The season started off bad, but things started to turn around in May and have continued into this month. While there is still a lot of season to go, a lot of the production and help is coming from guys who weren’t even expected to be up in the majors this season. While most fans had little to no expectations on this season, they are starting to prove everyone wrong and now they could possibly be in position for a post season run when it matters most.
There is some hope with some of the big names coming back between now and September, but at the same time, it could also hurt chemistry of a team which seems to be playing better each game. There are some similarities with the 2010 Rangers team who made the first World Series run. That teams were just a bunch of guys who got hot at the perfect time, and most of them were relatively unknown guys to the rest of the league. The season is long, and it could take its toll, but right now the Rangers are hot, climbing up the standings and seem to be one of the hottest teams in baseball.
I’m not saying this team can go all the way, but they could make it a lot more fun going forward through the summer months. Only time will tell if they have what it takes to make that run.
Late last week it was announced Nolan Ryan would be retiring from the Texas Rangers front office, but during the press conference Nolan let it slip that he was resigning. It has been no secret there has been some discourse between Nolan and Rangers GM Jon Daniels, but in public, they would say it was just “media fodder” and nothing was wrong. This has led some people to wonder, was Nolan being forced out, or is he leaving because he doesn’t want to be involved with Daniels anymore?
The only two people who know the true answer will be Nolan and Jon, and they have both made it very clear, neither will tip their cap to the true answer. While the owners and rest of the front office staff want fans to believe this will be a seamless transition and will not effect the way the team plays on the field going forward. I can’t help but think this could have a bigger negative affect than most will realize right now.
Nolan Ryan brought credibility to this franchise when it was nothing more than a laughingstock and he helped engineer the turnaround of a life time. Most people will give Daniels most of the credit, but I don’t doubt for a minute Nolan had more power than most realized. And it was because of that power that Daniels started lobbying for more control and ended up getting it. But with that control, the Rangers are now losing someone who gave fans hope the team would finally bring a championship back to Arlington.
Can the Rangers win a World Series without Nolan in the front office? Yes, but those hopes will now fall solely on Jon Daniels shoulders, and if Rangers fans will look back, he had a history of making dumb decisions before Nolan arrived. Some would argue the lack of a decision this year could be at fault for the Rangers not going further in the post season. So as Rangers fans say good bye to Nolan, and try to keep positive about the future of this team, they can only hope Daniels doesn’t regress with his sole control of decisions going forward.
Can fans fully say “In Jon Daniels we trust?” only time will tell.
The Texas Rangers will be sending eight players to the All Star game in Kansas City. Which if you stop and think about it, is a big deal for this team. The Rangers used to be one of those teams that would benefit from the every team has to be represented rule. Now the Rangers are one of the teams with the most players in the All Star game.
The Rangers play an exciting brand of baseball, and it looks like the nation is really taking notice. Not only by the fact that Josh Hamilton lead all players in voting, but even when the team is on the road, there are a lot more Rangers fans in attendance than there used to be. Not to mention some of the personalities that are included in this line up every night.
Even though the last two season have ended differently than most fans would like. The Rangers are finally starting to earn some respect from the other teams in the league and now aren’t looked at as just a team to play. I think the seven Rangers players can attest that the team is finally looked at as a competitor.
With more Rangers on the All Star team this year, fans can have a feeling that maybe this will be the year that the American League will win this game and win home field in the World Series.