Monday Morning Manager…Brave New World
ESPN owns Sunday night baseball and is reluctant to share it with anybody, especially the big lucractive New York market that is so near and dear to them.
Nobody else is supposed to broadcast on Sunday night except the World Wide Leader. The Rangers get waivers when they play teams like the Blue Jays and Indians, but not the Mets so that’s why there was Sunday afternoon baseball in Arlington with the temperatures pushing 99 degrees.
That allowed the Rangers and the Mets to have local broadcasts of the game without interfering with the ESPN ratings for Indians-Giants on Sunday night.
That afternoon game also meant a day off for Josh Hamilton as he tries to figure out why he suddenly can’t hit during the day. Ian Kinsler can’t hit on the road and the Rangers offense is bogged down by two extreme splits: Hamilton night/day and Kinsler home/road.
Plus Alexi Ogando has lost three straight starts so there is plenty to agonize over that. Yet the Rangers remain in first place, which is conveniently overlooked when dissecting all their problems. But when your .519 winning percentage is the lowest among the six division leaders, then there are some grounds for self-introspection.
And they are still last in the American League in defense, which has led them to having given up the most unearned runs in the league.
So off we go to Houston for more Interleague fun and three night games if you’re counting and no disruptions from the World Wide Leader.
By the way, Thursday is National Social Media Day. Only three more shopping days for that special follower on your Twitter account.
“And that,” put in the Director sententiously, “that is the secret of happiness and virtue-liking what you’ve got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny.”
Adolphus Huxley, Brave New World
1. What is your taking on what’s happening with Josh Hamilton?
2. Does Alexi Ogando need to be in the rotation or the bullpen?
3. What would you consider to be a positive development on the Rangers this season?
4. Did you think Adrian Beltre has played well enough to merit All-Star selection?
5. What do you think of Jack McKeon managing again and Jim Riggleman walking away from his job in Washington.