GIVE IT AWAY, GIVE IT AWAY, GIVE IT AWAY NOW……..

This should be played in the Texas Ranger P.A. system

Someday, when that someday will be I don’t know, but someday a big league manager is going to have the brains and the confidence to do away with the role of the closer. Maybe that day will be when Mariano Rivera retires, which may not be for another ten years but I hope that whoever is hired by the Mets makes on of his first command decisions that the day of saving your best arm for just the ninth inning is over. The only team that can still say they have a legitimate  pitcher to finish a game are  the Highlanders and until mangers like Texas’ Ron Washington, get this though their thick skulls, they just might win more baseball games than they lose.

If Nolan Ryan is going to be the new tough guy in the Rangers front office when he claims that it’s time to re-evaluate the way bullpens are used and develop starting pitchers who should be conditioned to pitch deep into their starts, he might like to have a little sit down with Washington today before game two and let him know, when the game is on the line and you feel you’ve gotten all you can out of your starter, bring in the best arm you have in the pen.

I’m not looking to kill Ron Washington here as he managed the way every big league manager would have in that eighth inning, plus Darren Oliver and Darren O’Day needed to step up and how in the world does Ian Kinsler have a brain fart in the eighth getting picked off?

The Rangers had the Highlanders on the ropes and bleeding but they lacked that killer instinct, that solid knockout punch, hopefully they can turn the page and go out today and tattoo Phil Hughes, if not, the who gives a shit what Cliff Lee does in Game 3?

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  1. You make an excellent point about Ryan. He clearly had a positive effect on the Rangers starting pitching when he eschewed the pitch count and had his starters work deeper into games. He should absolutely not stop there.

    As you note another trend he should buck is the closer trend. I’m old enough to remember when the best reliever came into the game when he was needed, and threw more than one inning, as opposed to being held in reserve for the 9th inning or as a slave to the save rule.

    Surely expansion and dilution of talent has something to do with this, and the MLBPA will not go quietly on the closer issue, but it really would be better for the sport overall if there were no such thing as a “closer.”

    Team salary structures would be less wacky ($17.5 million for KRod, really?), managerial moves would be far less structured and predictable, and the best pitchers might actually pitch at the most pivotal moments of baseball games instead of just to accrue a stat that is largely meaningless outside or arbitration courtrooms.

  2. Groan! Yanks/Phils, Really? Again? Why watch?

  3. When Gardner beat out that grounder to first (did someone say speed is not that important in baseball?), I calleda Yankee win. I hereby call a Yankee sweep. The Rangers are the southern version of the Twins. The only team that could have competed with the Yankees in the post season was Tampa Bay. When they lost, the Yankees received a first-class ticket to the WS.

  4. joseph pittman says:

    typical mets fan, whiney babies more interested in the other team in town losing, than our team winning. No wonder Fredddy and Jeff Coupon get a free pass around here. as a met fan im glad the yankees win.The more pressure on fred andjeff the better

  5. Freddy and Jeffey get a free pass around here? Read the archives son and educate yourself that this is site holds the Skill Sets feet to the fire like a pig on a barbecue spit.

    It’s not that the Highlanders won it’s Washington having his best reliever sit in the bullpen waiting for that all important “save situation”

  6. Originally Posted By RichWhen Gardner beat out that grounder to first (did someone say speed is not that important in baseball?), I calleda Yankee win. I hereby call a Yankee sweep. The Rangers are the southern version of the Twins. The only team that could have competed with the Yankees in the post season was Tampa Bay. When they lost, the Yankees received a first-class ticket to the WS.

    Rich,

    You are commiting suicide if you wanna bring back the 1985 Cards. Yeah, I agree that speed is impotant but I’ll take power first. Seems the Phillies built a team tailored to their beautiful ballpark. Wouldn’t you agree?

    I’ll admit to all I wasn’t a fan of Gardner, but he won me over last year.

    Again, power first.

  7. Michael,

    Let’s agree to disgaree. Citizen’s Bank is a band box, so in the Phils’ case, maybe power makes sense. Citi is cavernous (as was Busch), so I still think the speed team is the way to go, especially in “our” park. Power may make more sense in your park.

    I’m SHOCKED about your Gardner admission. But maybe I should not be. I thought that guy was great the day he stepped on the field. Goes to show you, it all depends upon your perspective and what you value in the game.

    It’s 5-1 now, I say 8-5 Yankees when it’s over.

  8. Great points Krane. Couldnt agree more. It is basically a microcosom of AMerica today. Nobody makes decisions they do whatever everyone else does so they can blame the process when it doesnt work not themselves. Unfortunately its these pussies that get to the top of corporations today and our country too.

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